FAYETTEVILLE, Arche. – Arkansas women’s basketball (7-2) rebounded inside Bud Walton Arena on Sunday afternoon, claiming an 84-67 victory over opponent Pac-12 Cal (6-2). Arkansas’ offense finally came in depth, hitting seven of its 17 three balls, good for 41 percent. The Hogs have also had 29 of their 32 free throws, their most free throws in a game since the Hogs made 30 against Baylor last season (12/6/20).
Makayla Daniels starred in the show on Sunday, scoring a career-high 32 points against the Golden Bears. Daniels burned the net, hitting 11 of his 15 shots, while also hitting four of his six long balls. The junior guard set up the first 30-point game by a Hog since Amber Ramirez hung 35 points against Alabama last season (2/28/21).
The visiting Golden Bears defense came out of the gates hot, forcing eight turnovers from Razorback in the first 10 minutes and securing a three-point lead. It was in the second quarter that Daniels got him moving. The third-year goaltender scored 16 points in the second period, hitting a perfect 5-5 shot with two throws and 4-4 on free throws. The big second quarter gave Arkansas a seven-point halftime advantage.
With Daniels breaking up Cal’s defense, the Razorbacks settled in, allowing just three turnovers in the second half, down from 12 in the first half. Daniels scored 14 more points in the last 20 minutes and got help from Erynn Barnum and Sasha Goforth who had 16 points in the second half. Arkansas defeated Cal 44-34 in the second half and returned to the winning column.
- Goforth put together a solid stat line with 19 points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
- Amber Ramirez was a beast on the glass, registering 11 rebounds, her career best record.
- Erynn Barnum was a distributor in this one, making four career-best assists in the game.
- Samara Spencer punched again, scoring nine points on 50 percent of the shots.
Arkansas returns to Bud Walton Arena on Thursday to face Jackson State. The tip-off is at 7 p.m. and this game can be streamed on the SEC Network +.
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