FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas used a balanced attack and a fast start to take a wire-to-wire 63-41 Southeastern Conference women’s basketball win over LSU on Sunday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena.
Calli Berna had nine assists, and four players scored in double figures for the Razorbacks (16-10, 6-8). Kelsey Brooks scored 20 points, the sixth time she’s reached the 20-point plateau this season. Jessica Jackson had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
DaShawn Harden led LSU (15-11, 9-5) with 14 points off the bench.
“Offensively, this was one of our worst games. We had a lot of looks, but we weren’t able to knock down shots,” LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. “When you’re on the road, you still have to be ready to play on the defensive end and be able to rebound the basketball. We broke down in a lot of areas, and we weren’t as aggressive as I would have liked us to be out of our matchup zone. I thought Arkansas did a nice job of being patient and using the clock. Their penetration and kick play action gave us problems.”
Danielle Ballard provided a solid all-around effort with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. She extended her run to 10 consecutive games with 10-plus points.
The Lady Tigers’ Raigyne Moncrief was limited to a season-low three points on 1-of 13 shooting before she fouled out. As a team, LSU was held to an SEC season-low 17 field goals and 27.4 shooting percentage. The Lady Tigers struggled to a 3-for-11 effort at the free-throw line.
Arkansas connected on six of its first 10 shots and ran out to a 17-2 lead with 13:31 remaining in the opening half. Brooks and Jackson sank a trio of 3-pointers to spark the fast start. LSU started the game with a 1-for-11 shooting clip.
The Lady Tigers chipped the deficit down to 32-24 at halftime, but the Razorbacks scored nine of the opening 12 points of the second half, capped by a Brooks jumper to push the Arkansas lead back to 41-27 at the 15:51 mark.
LSU mounted one last rally to 47-39 with 7:12 left as Harden hit 3-pointers 79 seconds apart.
Arkansas then put the game away with a 16-2 run.
“It was good to have that spark from DaShawn coming in and being that offensive threat for us off the bench,” Caldwell said. “She did a nice job defensively as well. We have to make sure that we go back and watch the tape and look at the areas of concern. One of the primary things that we talked about in the locker room was our one-on-one defense. We definitely have to be better in that area.”