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Dungee, Slocum help No. 16 Arkansas women edge Ole Miss

NCAA Womens Basketball: Arkansas at South Carolina

Jan 18, 2021; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks guard Makayla Daniels (43) drives around South Carolina Gamecocks guard Zia Cooke (1) during the first quarter at Colonial Life Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Chelsea Dungee scored 27 points, Destiny Slocum added 22 with 10 assists and No. 16 Arkansas turned back Missouri 85-80 on Thursday night after blowing an 18-point third-quarter lead.

A 14-0 run had Arkansas on top 61-43 before the Tigers began to claw back. Trailing by 12 entering the fourth quarter, Missouri scored the first 10, highlighted by Lauren Hansen’s 3-pointer to start it and Shannon Dufficy’s three-point play to end it.

A few minutes later the Tigers scored six straight, taking a 76-75 lead when Haley Frank made a pair of free throws. But Dungee quickly answered with two free throws and a jumper for a 79-76 lead. After a basket by Frank, Slocum hit a 3-pointer to put Arkansas up 82-78 with 35 seconds to go.

Dungee iced it with two free throws with six seconds to play. Dungee and Slocum combined for 14 of 15 Razorbacks points in the fourth quarter.

Amber Ramirez added 17 points in the third-straight win for Arkansas (14-6, 4-5 Southeastern Conference), making 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Slocum was 6 of 8 behind the arc as the Razorbacks went 14 of 26 (54%) from distance. They shot 52% (30 of 58 overall).

Hansen had four 3s and 19 points for Mizzou (6-7, 2-6) and Aijha Blackwell added 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Arkansas only had four turnovers and turned 12 Missouri turnovers into 18 points. However, the Tigers won the boards 40-24 and with 11 offensive rebounds had a 17-0 advantage in second-chance points.

The Razorbacks, who have had no disruption to their schedule all season, play at No. 7 Texas A&M on Sunday. The Aggies were originally scheduled to face No. 18 Tennessee but the Lady Vols had to postpone two games due to COVID-19 issues in the program. Missouri, which has lost two-straight to ranked teams, goes to Auburn on Sunday.