Goforth Buries Clutch Three, Hogs Get Past Jackson State, 66-62
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas Women’s Basketball (8-2) earned a tough win in Bud Walton Arena on Thursday night, as Head Coach Mike Neighbors’ Razorbacks grinded out a gutsy 66-62 win over Jackson State (1-4). Fayetteville native Sasha Goforth met the moment, hitting the game-winning three with 43 seconds left. She posted her first double-double as a Hog, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Razorbacks Samara Spencer and Makayla Daniels were instrumental in the win for the Hogs, going for 14 and 16 points, respectively.
A tightly-contested first quarter was not duplicated in the second as Arkansas’ stifling defense held the Tigers to just nine points in the quarter. Spencer and Daniels combined for 15 themselves in the second frame, and the Hogs took a nine-point advantage to the half.
Jackson State would not go down without a fight, already falling in close games this season against Miami, Ole Miss and No. 11 Texas. The Tigers grinded out a physical third quarter and ended the frame on a 9-0 run. It was the visitors who had a three-point lead with the final 10 minutes to play, and both teams struggled to gain an edge late. It was not until the final minute when Goforth, who was 0-4 from deep on the night at that point, sunk a long ball to give Arkansas a two-point lead. A couple defensive stops later, Arkansas had extinguished the valiant effort of Jackson State and notched the Razorbacks’ second win of the week.
- Goforth’s double-double was the first by a Hog since Destiny Slocum (22 points, 10 assists, at Missouri, 2/4/21) posted one last season.
- Daniels grabbed eight boards and dished out three assists to go along with her team-high 16 points.
- Spencer swiped four steals and added four assists to complement her 14 points on the night.
- Arkansas’ perimeter defense helped keep Jackson State at bay, holding the Tigers to 18% shooting from deep.
NEXT TIME OUT
Arkansas will return to Bud Walton Arena for the third-straight home game to take on in-state foe Little Rock on Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
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