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Balanced scoring effort leads Arkansas past Ole Miss

 

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OXFORD -- Chelsea Dungee scored a game-high 17 points to lead four players in double figures Sunday in the Arkansas women's basketball team's 85-55 victory against Ole Miss in a Southeastern Conference game at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. 

 

Kiara Williams had 13 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season for the Razorbacks (12-4, 1-1 SEC). 

 

Dungee scored in double figures for the 14th time this season. Malica Monk and Jailyn Mason added 16 points apiece to help Arkansas bounce back from a league-opening loss to No. 7 Mississippi State on Thursday.  

 

Monk has scored in double figures 13 times. Mason's effort was a season high. 

 

Two scoring runs in the second quarter allowed Arkansas to open a 17-point halftime lead. The frame opened with the Razorbacks scoring six in a row in less than two minutes. That stretched the lead to eight points for Arkansas. 

 

Ole Miss (6-10, 0-2) scored four points before Arkansas went on a 13-0 run to lead by as many as 20 points with a little less than three minutes to play in the second quarter. Monk and Mason had 11 points to lead all scorers at the break. 

 

Arkansas shot 47.8 percent from the field and was 12-for-30 from 3-point range. Ole Miss tied a season-low 20 percent from 3-point range (3-for-15). 

 

The Razorbacks had seven 3-pointers in the first half. It is the sixth time Arkansas has had double-figure makes from distance this season. 

 

Arkansas tied its second-best first half point total of the season with 42 at the break. 

 

Arkansas had a big rebounding advantage in the first half. Even though the teams finished even with 39 rebounds each, Arkansas won the turnover battle, forcing 15 Ole Miss miscues. 

 

Crystal Allen led Ole Miss with 13 points on 4-for-15 shooting. La'Karis Salter, a transfer from Jacksonville by way of Mississippi State, added 11 points. 

 

"(Arkansas' shooting) was the game," Ole Miss coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin said. "I don't think it was because our kids didn't play hard. Our reality is we're in the SEC, and it gets tough. But on the flip side, there were a lot of positives from our freshmen, and I don't think we can expect Crystal to give us a 20-point night every game. It's just getting easier to defend if she's the only one scoring."  

 

Ole Miss will play host to LSU at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. 

 

 

 

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