The Razorback women’s basketball team won its home opener 95-78 against East Tennessee State on Sunday at Bud Walton Arena. Freshmen Sarah Watkins and Dominique Robinson turned in big performances in their first showings in front of a Razorback home crowd, helping Arkansas (2-1) outscore ETSU (1-2) by 39 points in the second half. Robinson recorded 17 points on the night with five 3-pointers, seven rebounds and two assists. Watkins was a rebound short of a double-double, totaling 14 points and nine rebounds in her home debut.
I’m pleased to get the win, Razorback head coach Tom Collen said. We had some ups and downs but we played with more confidence in the second half to put together a pretty good offensive night. This team has a lot of potential and I really like who we could become. Both teams opened the game trying to play at a fast pace, but foul trouble decelerated the quick start.
ETSU came out to an early lead scoring the first six points of the contest. ETSU senior TaRonda Wiles had 20 first-half points, which led the Lady Bucs to a 40-38 lead at halftime. A Watkins three-pointer in the second half started the Razorbacks’ scoring frenzy as a 6-0 run put them up 54-45 before a timeout was called by ETSU to try to slow the Arkansas run, but the Razorbacks quickly pushed their lead to 19. [read more]