Monk's late shot hands Wisconsin first loss

By: Matt Jones
Published: Sunday, November 25, 2018
Arkansas' Malica Monk plays against Missouri on Monday Feb. 12, 2018 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas' Malica Monk plays against Missouri on Monday Feb. 12, 2018 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

Malica Monk scored a layup with 4.7 seconds remaining and Arkansas overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat Wisconsin 69-68 on Sunday in the final game of the Challenge in the Music City in Nashville, Tenn.

A'Tyanna Gaulden deflected an inbounds pass and Monk picked it up near halfcourt to lead to the go-ahead basket. Wisconsin stepped out of bounds on the ensuing inbounds play to give the Razorbacks possession again.

Monk missed two free throws with 1.6 seconds to play, including an intentional miss on the back end, and the Badgers (6-1) could not get off a shot before time expired.

"We faced some adversity yesterday, had a long day today, got off to a great start, suffered a little bit of a lull and we finished great," Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors said.

"That was a good win for us."

Wisconsin trailed by as many as seven points in the first half, but went ahead 50-35 on Marsha Howard's layup with 4:12 remaining in the third quarter before Arkansas answered with a 20-4 run to regain the lead.

Chelsea Dungee's 3-pointer tied the game 54-54 with 6:06 remaining in the fourth quarter, and Gaulden made one of two free throws 37 seconds later to put the Razorbacks ahead 55-54.

"I thought we started moving the ball," Neighbors said. "They were getting us to where we were making one pass and dribbling it a whole bunch, but we found a little groove there where we really started attacking and moving the ball a little bit."

Wisconsin responded with an 8-2 run to go ahead 62-57, but was outscored 12-6 over the final 3:52.

Dungee made two free throws with 18 seconds remaining to pull Arkansas within 68-67.

Dungee scored 20 points to lead the Razorbacks (4-2). Monk and Kiara Williams added 13 points apiece, and Jailyn Mason scored 12 points.

Imani Lewis had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Badgers.

The win was the Razorbacks' second on a last-second shot in 12 days. Arkansas' Alexis Tolefree hit a floater as time expired on Nov. 14 to defeat Texas-Arlington 66-65 on the road.

"Our group is really good at execution," Neighbors said. "We've worked a lot of situations. If we can get a game close, I like our chances down the stretch. Our kids are calm."

The Razorbacks went 2-1 at the tournament in Nashville. Arkansas defeated Tennessee State 79-55 on Friday and lost 61-54 to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Arkansas will host Oral Roberts on Wednesday in Fayetteville.

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