Razorbacks beat Red Wolves, 82-67
Delta Digital News Service
Nov. 17, 2023
Brayden Morse | Sports Editor
JONESBORO, Ark. – First-year guard Taliah Scott’s 34 points helped the Arkansas Razorbacks women’s basketball team beat the Arkansas State Red Wolves 82-67 on Friday night at First National Bank Arena.
Scott played all 40 minutes in the game, shooting 12-21 from field-goal range and 9-9 on free-throws.
Arkansas State head coach Destinee Rogers expressed her thoughts on Scott’s performance.
“She’s definitely one of the best freshman players in the nation,” Rogers said.
On the other hand, A-State junior guard Izzy Higginbottom scored 27 points and was one of only two Red Wolves to score double-digit points.
Coach Rogers also expressed her thoughts on Higginbottom’s performance.
“Izzy showed up. She did her thing. Izzy put the team on her back,” Rogers said.
After the first quarter, the Red Wolves were only down 16-15. The Razorbacks’ three, three-pointers in the second quarter, gave them a 42-33 lead at halftime.
Razorbacks head coach Mike Neighbors gave his thoughts on the way his team played.
“Our group talks to each other. I was really proud of the talk they had in the locker room. Their tone was good, their energy was good. There were multiple voices talking. I have not had a team at Arkansas that can talk to each other like they do and the manner they do,” Neighbors said.
An attendance of 3,208 people showed up for the game to support A-State, but Rogers feels like the team let the fans down.
“As a whole, I feel like we folded. We finally got people to show up and we had a nice crowd and great support. I feel like the fans deserve more. It’s disheartening and disappointing for our team to play the game that way,” Rogers said.
Neighbors gave his thoughts on the meaning of playing in-state teams and how Arkansas State’s crowd impacted the game.
“I knew the crowd was going to be honest from the last time we came over here. I thought it was a phenomenal atmosphere. I’m proud of the way the team embraced (playing an in-state team) it. It’s good for our state. 3,208 in attendance but it felt like more than that to me. I’m glad that our non-Arkansas kids embraced that,” Neighbors said.
Arkansas State stayed in close range of Arkansas in the first half. Only being down 11 at halftime to a Power-5 SEC school brings promise to the Red Wolves’ future.
FEATURE PHOTO: Red Wolves’s guard Crislyn Rose (3) is dribbles the ball past Razorbacks’s Samara Spencer (2) during the first half of an NCAA Basketball game at First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro, Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. Photo by Atsuki Ohbuchi
In-state game results in University of Arkansas win over A-State. Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council