GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Arkansas 83, Baylor 78

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Nursing a two-point lead and hoping to pull off an upset, No. 16 Arkansas saw its chances of holding off No. 4 Baylor slipping away.

The Razorbacks (5-1) had just missed a pair of free throws, and a layup, giving the Lady Bears a slight chance with under 15 seconds left.

But Baylor missed a wide-open look at a 3-pointer, and Arkansas was able to add two free throws from Amber Ramirez to claim an 83-78 win at home.

The win was Arkansas first over a top five opponent since 2003 when the Razorbacks knocked off No. 2 LSU 82-72. Arkansas was ranked No. 10 at the time.

Arkansas was able to secure the win by hitting 30 of 39 free-throw attempts, while Baylor shot just 18 free throws.

Ramirez scored 23 points and Chelsea Dungee added 22 for Arkansas to claim the Big 12/SEC Challenge win. The Razorbacks led by 10 early in the fourth quarter before the Lady Bears cut it to 78-76 on DiJonai Carrington's layup with 3:06 left.

Dungee hit two free throws 10 seconds later to restore a four-point edge. NaLyssa Smith's layup with 29 seconds remaining brought Baylor back within two. Ramirez hit the second of two free throws with 22 seconds left to give Baylor a chance to tie the game.

Caitlin Bickle's 3-pointer from the top of the key missed and Ramirez sank two free throws to seal the win.

Baylor led 54-49 with 5:13 left in the third quarter to cap a 5-0 run after the game was tied 47-47, but Arkansas answered with a 13-0 run to take a 62-54 lead and never trailed again.

Carrington scored 24 points and Smith added 16 for Baylor (2-1).


Associated Press

Decmber 6, 2020