Arkansas women hold off Grambling State

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Double-doubles by junior Malica Monk and sophomore Kiara Williams paced the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team to a 79-62 win over Grambling State in Bud Walton Arena on Thursday.

Arkansas (9-4) wraps up the non-conference season with a perfect 7-0 record at home after the win over the Tigers (3-8). Monk got her double-double the hard way with 10 points and 10 assists. It is her first career double-digit assist game and her first career double-double. Williams dropped in 12 points and tied her career-best with 16 boards.

The game opened even with Arkansas taking a narrow, 15-11, lead after the first quarter of play. The Razorbacks heated up offensively in the second quarter, opening the frame with a 14-2 run. That surge led to a 25-12 advantage in the second stanza and the game was never close after that.

Devin Cosper tallied her 12th game in double figures finishing with a game-high 16 points. Junior Raven Northcross-Baker added 14 points to go with Williams’ 12 points and Monk’s 10 points in the win.

Arkansas was good from distance with 11 made 3-pointers and the Razorbacks outrebounded the Tigers 48-35 in the game.

• Devin Cosper was in double figures in the first half. It is the third time she has scored in double figures in a half, her 11th double figure game of the year and the 34th of her career.
• Kiara Williams had 13 rebounds at the break and finished tying her career-best with 16 boards. It is the fifth double-digit rebounding game of her career.
• Kiara Williams finished with her second career double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
• Malica Monk had her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. These are the seventh and eighth Razorback double-doubles of the year.
• Arkansas had eight made 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 11 makes from distance. It is the fifth game of the year with double-digit 3-pointers.
• Snapped – Malica Monk’s streak of 19 consecutive free throws was snapped in the first quarter.
• Malica Monk has scored in double figures in all 13 games this season.
• Arkansas held Grambling State’s leading scorer to two points (averages 13.3 ppg).

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The Razorbacks open Southeastern Conference play on Sunday hosting Ole Miss at 2 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena.

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