Neighbors earns 200th win in game one of Paradise Jam

ST. THOMAS, USVI – Arkansas Women’s Basketball (6-0) earned a hard-fought victory over Northern Arizona (3-3) in the first of three games at Paradise Jam. NAU led for 10 minutes in the first half, but after a 12-0 run by Arkansas before the halftime, the Razorbacks never looked back. Samara Spencer played a big part in helping the Razorbacks find a throw and finished with a career-high 27 points from 10 field goals. With the 82:73 win, head coach Mike Neighbors secured his 200th career win.

The Razorbacks couldn’t capitalize on the first two holdings, but a 3-pointer by Saylor Poffenbarger got Arkansas on the scene. The game was tied 7-7 with 6-01 up first, but Spencer knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Razorbacks back 10-9 ahead. NAU then went on a 7-2 run as Arkansas trailed 16-12 at the media timeout at 3-37 in the first quarter. Arkansas began to heat up thanks to Makayla Daniels, whose 3-point play put the Razorbacks back ahead 17-16. The Razorbacks had a 20-18 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game.

NAU took the lead back from a 3-pointer and built another on the next possession to regain the lead by four. Poffenbarger continued to play both ends of the floor with a twist to the basket as the Razorbacks were 26-24 down midway through the second quarter. A Spencer triple put the Razorbacks back in the lead 31-29 just over two minutes into the game. The Razorbacks drove on with a Poffenbarger 3-pointer and a Spencer layup just before the buzzer sounded. Arkansas trailed for most of the second quarter but closed the frame with a 12-0 run to lead 38-29 at halftime.

The Lumberjacks came out of the dressing room on a 5-0 run. Erynn Barnum gave the Razorbacks their first basket of halftime after a layup. Arkansas then went on an 8-2 run. NAU didn’t budge, knocking down a 3-pointer to reduce the Razorback lead to seven. At the media timeout, Arkansas had the 48-39 advantage. Arkansas took a 20-point lead after a layup by Maryam Dauda and a free throw. NAU made a 3-pointer to finish in third as the Razorbacks were up 61-46 after 30 minutes.

Spencer couldn’t be stopped in the paint as a layup earned her up to 20 points for her second 20 of the season. Arkansas led 65-51 minutes into the fourth quarter. A 3-point play from NAU helped the Lumberjacks get to eight, but a 3-point play from Spencer pushed the Razorbacks up double digits. NAU emptied another 3-pointer to reduce Arkansas’ lead to seven with just under seven minutes left in the game. Barnum got a layup and Spencer followed with another layup to go to 27 points while Arkansas led by 12 points and stayed 1:29 in the game. After NAU once again reduced the lead to single digits, Arkansas clung to the stretch and made 5 of 6 shots off the line in the last minute. Arkansas pulled away with an 82-73 win.


Arkansas will be on the late shift at Paradise Jam tomorrow as the team is scheduled to face Clemson at 7pm CT, 9pm local time. Coverage of this game will be broadcast on ESPN3.


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