NSU (4-3) was only 14-of-24 (58-percent) from the charity stripe. Arkansas (10-0), who received votes for the USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll, outrebounded NSU 38-25 and scored 21 points on the Lady Demons’ 14 turnovers.
UA forces their opponents into an average of 22 turnovers a game.
“One of our goals is to make more free throws than our opponents attempt, and we did that tonight,” said co-head coach Brooke Stoehr. “Going into the game we felt like we could get to the line, and it’s just baffling that we would shoot 58-percent. That’s just concentration and mental focus, and we’ll address that and go back to the drawing board.”
Northwestern State was 37.8-percent (17-45) from the field and 29.4-percent from behind the arc. Arkansas was 27-of-59 from the floor and 10-of-24 from the 3-point line.
Trudy Armstead led all scorers with 21 points on the night. Keisha Lee also scored in double-figures with 13 points.
“[Armstead] got the foul line 12 times, and if she can get to the foul line 12 times during conference play she could be very, very difficult to guard,” said Stoehr.
Jessica Jackson scored 16 points to lead Arkansas in scoring. Jhasmin Bowen finished the night with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Keira Peak (11), Callie Berna (11) and McKenzie Adams (10) all scored in double-figures as well.
Kourtney Pennywell, Chelsea Rogers and Janelle Perez tied for the Lady Demon lead in with five rebounds.
NSU, who trailed by 11 at the break, came as close as eight with 16:50 to play and nine with 13:58 to play. After Beatrice Attura scored a layup with 13:58 to pull the score to 43-34, UA put together a 23-6 run that started with a Berna 3-pointer at 12:50 to play in the game.
“We had a stretch were we gave up a few offensive boards, and we were neck-and-neck with them in rebounding and felt like we were in the game because of it,” said Stoehr. “We just have to do a better job with those stretches. They’re a good shooting team and they score very well.”
The 53 points that NSU scored was tied for the most points UA had allowed had allowed all season; Kansas scored 53 on Wednesday.
“I think we got better today. We started the second half and got four straight stops at the half. We made some adjustments at the half and the players responded well,” said Stoehr. “We had a number of players that gave us good minutes. My biggest concern is the free throw line, and that is pretty important getting into conference play.”