Georgia hands Arkansas 6th straight loss

By: WholeHogSports
Published: Friday, February 22, 2019
Georgia guard Taja Cole (0) looks for a shot against Arkansas during an NCAA college basketball game in Athens, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)
Georgia guard Taja Cole (0) looks for a shot against Arkansas during an NCAA college basketball game in Athens, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Georgia used an 8-0 run midway through the second quarter to take control and defeated Arkansas 93-83 on Thursday at Stegman Coliseum in Athens, Ga.

Trailing by one at the end of the first quarter, the Razorbacks tied the game twice early in the second quarter. Malica Monk hit a jumper with 4:53 left in the first half to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 32-31 before Georgia went on its run.

Nearly two minutes later, Donnetta Johnson’s jumper gave Georgia a 40-31 lead with 2:58 remaining. A’Tayanna Gaulden’s layup with 2:11 left ended the run and trimmed the lead to 40-33. Johnson’s tip-in with 1:24 left in the half gave the Bulldogs a 45-33 lead, but the Razorbacks went on a run, capped by Alexis Tolefree’s three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining, giving Georgia a 45-38 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs (15-10, 6-6 SEC) went on a 7-0 run to start the second half, taking a 52-38 lead just over a minute into the half after Maya Calwell hit two free throws. The lead grew to 16 points during the third quarter, but the Razorbacks rallied and a Gaulden layup ended the quarter to cut the lead to 64-54.

Chelsea Dungee hit 1 of 2 free throws, and a Kiara Williams layup with 7:49 remaining cut the lead to 69-65. Monk hit a layup with 7:06 left that kept the lead at four points at 71-67, but that’s as close as the Razorbacks would come.

Dungee led Arkansas with 18 points, going 4 of 15 from the floor. Tolefree had 17 points for the Razorbacks, while Williams poured in 15 and Gaulden chipped in with 12.

Caliya Robinson scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor to lead the Bulldogs. Que Morrison scored 16 for Georgia, Gabby Connally added 14, while Taja Cole and Maya Caldwell contributed 12 each.

The Bulldogs swept the regular-season series against Arkansas. Georgia won 80-72 on Jan. 31 at Bud Walton Arena to begin the Razorbacks' current six-game losing streak.

Arkansas (16-10, 5-7) is scheduled to host Ole Miss on Sunday. The Razorbacks defeated the Rebels 85-55 on Jan. 6.

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