Lions basketball falls 80-58 at Division I Arkansas in exhibition action

Fayetteville, Ark. -- The Missouri Southern basketball team fell 80-58 tonight in exhibition play at Division I University of Arkansas. 

Southern shot 34 percent in the game and despite limiting the Razorbacks to 39 percent from the field in the first half, Arkansas rebounded to shoot 56 percent in the second half and 47 percent overall. 

The Lions were led by 15 points from Afton Baldwin as she converted 4-11 from long range and 3-4 from the charity stripe. Jasmine Lovejoy had 14 points, while Erin Rice had eight. 

Southern scored 23 points off of 22 Arkansas turnovers, while the Razorbacks scored 20 points off of 23 Southern turnovers. Where the game was decided was inside, as Arkansas outscored the Lions 34-20 in the paint and had 23 second chance points. 

A three pointer from Baldwin at the 18:39 mark of the first, gave the Lions an early 5-4 lead and Southern led again (8-6) after a free-throw from Michelle Hedgecock

Arkansas, however, took the lead on a three from Lyndsay Harris with 14:41 and led 21-12 after another three from Harris with 7:41 left. The Lions would score six quick points, however, on layups from Jasmine Lovejoy and cut the Razorback lead to 21-18, forcing an Arkansas timeout with 5:32 left. 

Coming out of the timeout, Arkansas took over. The Razorbacks went on a 12-0 run to lead 33-18 with just over a minute left in the half, before a three from Baldwin stopped the run. A late bucket from Arkansas made the halftime lead 35-21. 

Arkansas opened up a 19 point lead just two minutes into the second half after a layup to go up 43-24. The Lions would cut the lead to ten after a jumper from Rice made the score 48-38 with 13:35 left in the game. A fast-break layup from Larrita Gipson made the lead ten again (50-40), but that would be as close as the Lions would get. Arkansas would lead by 22 three separate times including the final margin. 

Southern opens the regular season on November 16 with a game at Arkansas-Fort Smith.