FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas' Lauren Ervin scored 19 points and grabbing 15 rebounds to lead the Razorbacks women's basketball team to an 89-62 win against Sam Houston State at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday, setting the university record for best start to a season in school history.
The win moves Arkansas' record to 9-0, breaking the previous best
(8-0) set during the 1998-99 season. Sam Houston falls to 1-8.
Arkansas didn't waste any time getting on the board first and taking
the Bearkats out of their rhythm early. After getting a 4-0 lead in the
opening moments, Sam Houston closed the gap to 7-4, but a 10-0 run over the next two minutes gave Arkansas all the cushion it needed to cruise to victory.
The Razorbacks shot 56 percent from the floor in the opening half
while two Arkansas players hit for double figures, Whitney Jones and Lauren Ervin. Most impressive and Jones and Ervin's efforts were that the points came in limited action as neither played more than 10 minutes.
Arkansas' 51-point half was its best first half scoring of the year,
eclipsing the 47 point game it produced in the season opener against
For SHSU, Lydia Gonzales was nearly automatic from the floor in the
first half going five for six and scoring 11 points. Included in her
one-miss masterpiece was an unbelievable side arm three-point shot around the outstretched arms of an Arkansas defender just before the half. She would end the game leading all scorers with 20 points.
Not relenting in the second half, Arkansas' starters poured it on to
open the second half and increased its lead to as many as 30. Mass
substitutions for the Razorbacks came late in the contest and the change in personnel didn't faze any aspect of the Arkansas game. While Arkansas' scoring may have not been as prominent in the second half, its shot selection was just as good as the first 20 minutes.
The Razorbacks maintained its shooting percentage from the first
half, but used more of the shot clock than it did earlier in the contest.