Nate Allen Sports
FAYETTEVILLE – For three quarters that included a game-opening 9-0 lead, Razorbacks Chelsea Dungee and Malica Monk’s ultimately career scoring highs kept Arkansas’ unranked upstart women ahead of nationally No. 16 second in the SEC South Carolina.
But with a 9-0 run fueling the explosive Gamecocks’ 35-23 fourth quarter, South Carolina overcame Arkansas’ 39-33 halftime lead and 56-52 third-quarter lead to defeat the Razorbacks, 87-79 Sunday afternoon at Walton Arena.
Sophomore Dungee, a transfer from the University of Oklahoma who scored 28 in Arkansas’ 80-72 loss last Thursday to Georgia at Walton, scored a career high 32 against the Gamecocks.
Senior point guard Monk of North Little Rock, scoring 19 against Georgia, scored her career high 25 against the Gamecocks.
Second-year Coach Mike Neighbors’ Razorbacks, just 13-18, 3-13 with the teams he inherited last season, remain vastly improved over last season even with successive SEC home losses, bringing 16-7 overall and 5-3 SEC records into their next game Thursday night at SEC rival LSU in Baton Rouge, La.
Sunday’s outcome denotes massive season to season Arkansas improvement given slaughtered the Hogs, 90-42 last season in Columbia, S.C. and led Arkansas, 44-12 at half.
This Sunday in Fayetteville, Hall of Fame South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley whose 2016-2017 Gamecocks won the national championship, needed career high off the bench efforts by freshmen Destanni Henderson and Victaria Saxton, 19 points each, to surpass Arkansas.
Gamecocks veteran starting guards Bianca Cuevas-Moore and Tyasha Harris scored 15 and 14 points respectively.
Alexis Jennings, South Carolina’s 6-3 senior forward, dominated inside double-doubling with 10 points and 12 boards.
Nate Allen Sports