Tolefree, Ramirez combine for big night, but not enough against Gamecocks

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COLUMBIA, SC — Alexis Tolefree and Amber Ramirez combined for 42 points, but it wasn’t enough as Arkansas fell to No. 4 South Carolina on Thursday night, 91-82.

Tolefree had 22 points on the night, going 5-of-10 on 3-pointers and Ramirez added 20. They had seven of the Razorbacks’ dozen 3-pointers.

Aliyah Boston led the way for the Gamecocks, double-doubling in the game with 19 points and 25 rebounds.

South Carolina came out strong to open the game, going on a 24-6 run to open things up. Carolina’s freshmen duo of Boston and Zia Cooke was great in the open, as they combined for 20 of the Gamecock’s first 24 points.

The Hogs never laid down though, finally getting hot in the fourth quarter. The Hogs outscored the Gamecocks, 29-17, in the final frame, cutting the lead to nine on several occasions.

The Hogs trailed by as many as 25 in the game.

Highlights

• For Tolefree, it was her sixth 20+ point game of the season, and her third in her last five games.

• Ramirez went for 20+ for the second straight game, joining Tolefree and Chelsea Dungee as the only Hogs to drop 20 or more in back-to-back games this season.

• A’Tyanna Gaulden kept it going at the point, dishing a career-best seven assists in this one. It was her third game this season with 6+ assists, the only Hog with multiple such games this season.

• Sophomore guard Rokia Doumbia led the Hogs on the glass, pulling down six boards, including two offensive.

The Razorbacks return home after two straight games on the road, where they will take on Missouri on Sunday.

That game is set to tip at 2 p.m.

Information from Razorback Sports Communications is included in this story.

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