Slocum's 29 leads No. 18 Arkansas past LSU

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Sunday, February 21, 2021

No. 18 Arkansas won its third consecutive SEC game on Sunday and moved a game above .500 in conference play behind a big-time performance from a veteran guard.

Razorbacks graduate transfer Destiny Slocum was an offensive force, scoring a season-high 29 points on 11 of 15 shooting in the 74-64 victory over LSU. Slocum, who did not play against Ole Miss on Friday due to a non-covid illness, knocked down 5 of 7 attempts from three-point range.

Arkansas (17-7, 7-6 SEC) jumped out to a 10-point lead after one quarter thanks to a hot shooting start. The Razorbacks connected on 8 of 13 field goal attempts in the opening 10 minutes, and Slocum and Chelsea Dungee combined for 13 points on 5 of 6 from the floor, including 3 of 3 from three.

By halftime, Slocum and Dungee had scored 28 points, guiding the Razorbacks to a 43-29 lead.

Dungee finished with 20 points as well, and Sunday marked the second time in three games the duo each scored 20-plus points. They have done so five times this season, four in SEC play.

Erynn Barnum was the only other Razorback to score in double figures. She added 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting off the bench, and Taylah Thomas pitched in seven points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Amber Ramirez did not score for the first time this season — 0 of 8 shooting, 0 of 6 from three — but grabbed six rebounds, matching a season high.

LSU (8-11, 6-7) did not back down in the game’s final minutes. Arkansas committed nine turnovers in the fourth quarter and went more than seven minutes between field goals, but the Razorbacks never led by fewer than eight points.

Khayla Pointer scored a team-high 24 points for LSU, 10 in the fourth quarter. Jailin Cherry added 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Arkansas, which has won six of seven games since back-to-back losses at South Carolina and Georgia, is scheduled to return to play Thursday at Auburn. The Razorbacks are also scheduled to conclude the regular season at home against Alabama on Sunday, Feb. 28.

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