Career Nights Lead To W. Basketball Victory

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Devin Cosper, junior Alecia Cooley and senior Melissa Wolff posted career numbers and Jessica Jackson was in double figures as the University of Arkansas snapped a six-game losing streak with a 65-50 win over Oral Roberts in Bud Walton Arena Thursday.

The win moves Arkansas to 3-6 overall before the Razorbacks return to the road for a contest at Butler Sunday as the non-conference schedule continues.

Cooley was on fire offensively scoring a career-best 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting. Jackson came off the bench adding 17 points and Cosper added a career-best 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. Cosper was 6-for-6 from the line leading the Razorbacks to a 14-for-19 night from the bonus stripe.

Wolff tallied a season-best 13 rebounds as Arkansas dominated the boards, 46-21, matching or outrebounding its seventh opponent this season. Wolff also tallied a career-best seven assists in 36 minutes on the floor Thursday.

Oral Roberts won the tip and scored on their first possession but Arkansas answered on its first trip down the floor when Wolff grabbed her first rebound and laid it up and in. That was the only time Arkansas would be tied with or trail the Golden Eagles in the game.

Arkansas dominated the first period leading 21-10 after the first stanza. The remainder of the game would be closer, with Oral Roberts outscoring the Razorbacks in the second period but Arkansas still managed a 35-26 lead at the half.

The Razorbacks outscored ORU in the third and fourth frames, shooting 45.5% in the third and going 6-for-7 from the line to extend the lead. Arkansas stretched that led to 18 in the fourth before finishing with a 15-point win.

• Starters: Arkansas: Malica Monk, Jordan Danberry, Devin Cosper, Melissa Wolff, Alecia Cooley
o ORU: Jordan Doyle, Bria Pitts, Faith Ihim, Dorottya Balla, Maria Martianez
• Junior Jessica Jackson was the first player off the bench for the Razorbacks
• Melissa Wolff had a career-best six assists before halftime and had a season-best 13 rebounds in the game
• Alecia Cooley scored a Razorback career-best 19 points
• Freshman Malica Monk had a career-best six assists
• Arkansas is 19-8 versus ORU
• The Razorbacks have won 14 in a row
• The win is the first under Razorback head coach Jimmy Dykes
• The win ends Arkansas’ six-game losing streak
• Arkansas lead 21-10 after the first period
• Arkansas’ 21 first period points is the second-most in the first frame this year
• Arkansas has matched or out-rebounded opponents in seven of nine games this year

• Dec. 13 at Butler | 1 p.m.
• Dec. 20 vs. Texas | 1:30 p.m.
• Dec. 28 vs. Mississippi Valley State | 7 p.m.
• Dec. 30 vs. New Orleans | 7 p.m.

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