FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) A relentless Razorback defense forced 36 turnovers and the bench contributed 41 points, as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (2-0) earned a 91-33 win over Oral Roberts (1-2) Wednesday inside Bud Walton Arena.
"Keira Peak and Kelsey Brooks can really get up and guard and not get beat off the bounce," head coach Tom Collen said. "I told these players after the game in the huddle after the game that the thing I thought they did the best job of was they were able to pressure, but still contain. That's the kind of defense we're going to have to play early in the season."
Holding the opposition under 35 points on the night, the Razorbacks forced 23 first-half turnovers to build a 30-point lead by halftime that would never be challenged.
"I think our team defense is pretty solid," Collen said. "We pride ourselves on team defense. We're a team-oriented defense. These players are starting to buy into it."
Jessica Jackson led all scorers with 19 points on the night, as the freshman reached double-digit scoring for the second straight game. Calli Berna finished the night with 11 points, eight assists and four steals.
Arkansas opened the game on an 11-2 run, as four different Razorback starters scored at least one basket. Just over five minutes into the game, the suffocating Razorback defense held the Golden Eagles to just 14.3 percent shooting from the floor and forced seven early turnovers.
The UA lead swelled to 27-7 with 7:19 left to play in the first half. The defensive effort of the Razorbacks translated into offense, with over half (16) of UA's points coming off of turnovers and the Golden Eagles turnover total rising to 18.
Leading 46-16 at halftime, the Razorback bench matched starters point-for-point, sharing exactly half of the scoring load and finishing the first half with 23 points. Brooks led all reserves, while Bria Pitts added six points.
The Razorbacks continued their balanced offensive attack in the second half, as Jackson (19 points), Brooks (15), Berna (11) and Jhasmin Bowen (10) all reached double-digit scoring.
A 21-0 run late in the second half helped the Razorbacks put the game away, as ORU was held to a stretch of more than eight minutes without a basket.
Arkansas remains home and welcomes Furman to Bud Walton Arena on Nov. 16 for the third game of its non-conference schedule. Tip is scheduled for 1 p.m.