FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After a close 62-56 loss at home against LSU, the Crimson Tide did not look much better in a 61-72 loss on the road to the 15-5 Razorbacks.
Alabama has lost five of their last six and is currently 10-10 (2-5 SEC). The team struggled immediately falling down by as much as 13-3 early on after Alexis Tolefree’s 3-point jumper. The Tide’s 10-4 run brought them back for a respectable 19-13 first quarter.
Bama would look better as the second quarter took action in a predominately back and forth 10 minutes. Freshman Jasmine Walker made a 3-pointer off an assist from Hannah Barber as a part of her 18-point night to make it a 19-23 game with 7:05 left in the second quarter. Barber assisted another three from Cierra Johnson to make it the closest Bama would ever get at 29-30 with 2:47 left in the half.
The Tide went into the second half down 29-33 and just couldn’t chip away at the lead. The scoring trend remained similar in a back and forth fashion. Alabama’s defense was an issue as they let the Razorbacks rack up 20 points in the third quarter. Arkansas shot 44 percent in the game compared to Bama’s 36 percent. Walker and Ariyah Copeland took the bulk of the offensive load in the third with multiple trips to the free throw line and jumpers halfway through the quarter.
Arkansas’ Malica Monk remained aggressive with trips to the basket. She finished the game with a team-high 14 field goal attempts and 16 points at 5-6 from the free throw line. Jasmine Walker, Cierra Johnson, and Malica Monk continued the highest-scoring quarter of the game concluding with a Walker 3-pointer, where she was 4-9 from beyond the arc.
Alabama trailed 46-53 heading into the fourth and it was more of the same as coach Curry’s squad failed to edge the gap any closer than their 51-53 disadvantage with 9:06 remaining.
Arkansas pulled away with a 10-0 run in a 4: 40-time span before Bama was forced to call a timeout with 1:51 remaining. Bama made a couple garbage time threes to shorten the final score at 61-72.
Alabama’s offense has suffered in the month of January outside of the 86-65 beating of No. 20 Tennessee and is looking to improve upon their SEC record in the final stretch of the season. The team faces 12-7 Georgia in Athens Sunday at 1 p.m.
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