After a tough end to the regular season, Mike Neighbors has this team rolling through the SEC Tournament. After upsets over Georgia and South Carolina, the Hogs rolled off another one to beat Texas A&M 58-51.
It looked the magic may have run out early, as the Hogs trailed 17-2 to start, but a wild 17-0 run to end the game put the Hogs in the Final, where they will place regular season champs Mississippi State.
Chelsea Dungee, who had scored 31 in each of the first two SEC Tournament games, led the Hogs again with 17 points.
The Hogs trailed 41-51 with 6:30 to go, and everything went their way in the end. Holding the Aggies off the scoreboard, forcing eight 4th quarter turnovers. Arkansas got hot from the three point line during the run, getting two triples from Dungee in that stretch. Arkansas took the lead with 3:03 remaining. Dungee’s triple with just over a minute to go gave the Hogs a 55-51 lead and they hit free throws late to ice the game.
The Hogs are now at 19-13 overall with a pair of marquee neutral court wins. According to NCAA Women’s Bracketologist Charlie Creme, the Hogs were still in “Need to Win” mode to make the big dance.
They are still in "need to win the tournament" mode. https://t.co/FYXSFAP3T7— Charlie Creme (@CharlieCreme) March 9, 2019
This was prior to the Texas A&M win however, and it will be interesting to see how the committee weighs the recent run of impressive play the Hogs have. They will be huge underdogs to the Bulldogs in their next game. A win would obviously get them in, but a good showing against the SEC’s best could go a long way as well, not to mention really helping that RPI rating.