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Slocum, Dungee lead Razorbacks to 86-80 win over Mississippi State

Arkansas started fast, then had to hold off a bigger, stronger Mississippi State squad for an 86-80 win at Bud Walton on Thursday night.

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Arkansas started fast, then had to hold off a bigger, stronger Mississippi State squad for an 86-80 win at Bud Walton Arena on Thursday night.

The Razorbacks (15-7, 5-6) downed the Bulldogs for the first time under Mike Neighbors in his four years. The Hogs have now beaten every SEC tam at least once since he took over the program.

Arkansas is also starting to get on a streak at the right time, winning four of five now.

Guards Destiny Slocum and Chelsea Dungee stole the show.

Slocum scored her most points as a Razorback, pouring in 26 on 11-15 shooting from the field. Despite suffering a left hand injury in the second half, Slocum remained in the game, and continued to keep the Hogs on track offensively.

Dungee meanwhile, joined the 2,000-point club in the fourth quarter, one of two Hogs ever to accomplish the feat, joining Arkansas LadyBack legend Bettye Fiscus.

The redshirt senior tallied 22 points in the effort, including 15 in the second half, not missing a single shot after the intermission.

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Turning point

The Hogs got off to a fast start, grabbing a double-digit lead in the first quarter after Slocum exploded for 12 points in the opening frame.

The Razorbacks continued to keep the pressure on throughout the first half and gained a big edge at the free throw line, making all 11 attempts at the stripe in the first half while only allowing one MSU free throw attempt.

Arkansas came out of the locker room flat in the second half, as Mississippi State cut a 15-point deficit down to just two in the closing seconds of the third quarter.

But the Hogs answered the call in the fourth quarter, with Slocum and Dungee combining for 17 points in the game’s crucial moments.

It was Arkansas’s two leading scorers who notched the last eight points for the Hogs down the stretch.

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Hogs highlights

• Dungee now has 2,004 points, needing just 70 more to pass Fiscus’ collegiate mark of 2,073.

• Slocum also led the Hogs in assists, dishing four of them.

• Sophomore guard Makayla Daniels notched three steals, a team-high.

• Amber Ramirez stayed hot, scoring 12 points on 5-7 shooting, including a perfect 2-2 mark from deep.

• Erynn Barnum and Taylah Thomas were big down-low for the Hogs, snatching 10 total boards while holding Bulldogs center Jessika Carter to just 11 points on the night.

• The Hogs shot 58 percent from the field as a team against the Bulldogs, the best mark for the Razorbacks in an SEC game since they shot a blistering 64 percent against Ole Miss last season (2-16-20).

Next game

Arkansas returns to Bud Walton Arena next Thursday to take on Ole Miss.

The Hogs and Rebels will tipoff at 7 p.m. and the game will stream on the SEC Network+.

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O’Gara on Razorbacks’ flying high in spring with high rankings all over

As Arkansas’ active programs continue to rise in the rankings and win SEC titles, Saturday Down South’s Connor O’Gara is impressed.

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Hogs’ seniors finish with night to remember, big SEC win

Arkansas finished the regular season with a game to remember, blasting Alabama behind a combined 72 points from three seniors.

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No. 16 Arkansas finished the regular season with a game to remember, blasting Alabama behind a combined 72 points from three seniors for a 94-76 win.

The win finished the regular season with a 19-7 record (9-6 in the SEC. The Crimson Tide finish 15-8 (8-8).

Mike Neighbors’ Hogs went supernova from beyond the arc in the regular season finale, hitting 19 threes as a team, a program single-game record.

That total is also a single-game SEC record. With the win, Arkansas finished with nine SEC wins, only the third time in school history the Razorbacks have reached that threshold (2019-20, 2011-12).

It was a special night for redshirt senior guard Amber Ramirez, who put on arguably her greatest performance as a Razorback in her final game in Bud Walton Arena.

The sharpshooter poured in 35 points, a new career-high, while making eight of her 14 threes, a season-high, and just one make short of tying Wendi Willits’ single-game record.

Fellow seniors Chelsea Dungee and Destiny Slocum got in on the act as well, going for 20 points and 17 points, respectively.

Turning point

The Hogs got off to a blistering start from deep, knocking down eight of their 14 long balls in the first quarter, spearheaded by Ramirez’s five first-quarter threes.

Ramirez sent two more threes home in the second quarter, totaling seven triples in the first half.

Arkansas’ hot shooting helped the Razorbacks build a 51-39 lead over the Crimson Tide heading into halftime.

Alabama started to surge back in the second half, though, winning the third quarter, 19-16, but Arkansas would not be denied on Senior Night.

The Razorbacks dominated the fourth quarter, 27-18, aided by 12 more points from Ramirez in the final frame.

Dungee sealed the three-point record with an incredibly difficult step-back jumper from deep in the game’s final minutes, putting the game on ice.

Hogs highlights

• Dungee went for 20+ yet again, her 12th time in 15 SEC contests going for 20 or more.

• Her double-digit scoring streak also reached 30 games.

• Slocum dished seven assists, a team-high.

• Sophomore Makayla Daniels nearly double-doubled, going for 15 points and a career-best nine rebounds.

• Senior forward Taylah Thomas swatted three shots, her fourth multi-block game this season.

• Despite not scoring a single point, redshirt senior guard Jailyn Mason was a game-high +15.

Next game

With the regular season in the books, Arkansas heads back to Greenville, S.C., where they will take part in the SEC Tournament.

Their first game will come on Thursday, when they will play Ole Miss.

The game will be the nightcap on Thursday, and will be televised on the SEC Network.

Information from Arkansas Communications is included in this story.

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Neighbors surprised at team’s offensive outburst

Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors was a little surprised at shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (and three’s) in overwhelming Alabama.

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