Alabama women’s basketball was overwhelmed by Arkansas en route to a 99-71 loss at Coleman Coliseum on Thursday.
The Crimson Tide allowed its most points all season in suffering a fifth straight loss. The 99 points also marked the Razorbacks' season high.
The Razorbacks (12-6, 2-3 SEC) were led by Makayla Daniels with 18 points and Amber Ramirez with 19 points and nine rebounds. Jersey Wolfenbarger had 12 points and Samara Spencer had 18 points.
The Crimson Tide (10-8, 1-6) was led by JaMya Mingo-Young with 22 points and five rebounds while Brittany Davis had 20 points and eight rebounds.
The Crimson Tide returned Hannah Barber to the lineup but Megan Abrams was out. Abrams scored 22 points on Sunday against Florida and is second on the team with 12.9 points a game.
The Razorbacks welcomed back Erynn Barnum, who had been out since Dec. 5 with a knee injury, scoring eight.
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Razorbacks take advantage early
Alabama found itself in a five-plus minute scoring drought while Arkansas went on a 19-5 run. The Razorbacks forced Alabama into six turnovers over the quarter.
Alabama went 4-for-16 from the field, which included a 1-for-12 stretch while the Razorbacks shot 8-for-15.
Alabama has seen itself in multiple long scoring droughts throughout the season where its opponents have taken advantage. Arkansas kept the pressure on Alabama, outscoring Alabama in each quarter.
Amber Ramirez shines early in new role
Ramirez had 13 points in the first half behind a perfect 5-for-5 shooting performance. She was averaging 12.5 points a game.
Ramirez started to play the “Dragon” role for the Razorback offense, which inbounds the ball and trails the ball up the court. She asked coach Mike Neighbors if the change was something that they could try out.
Neighbors summed Ramirez’s new role up at halftime as “it’s been effective.”
Alabama offensive struggles
The duo of Davis and Mingo-Young combined for 42 points and 13 rebounds but Alabama struggled behind them. Alabama's next leading scorer was Barber with nine points.
Alabama limited turnovers after the first quarter with eight in the game but multiple scoring droughts doomed the Crimson Tide. Alabama struggled to score as well shooting 39.1% from the field, Arkansas hit 51.7% of its 3-point attempts.
This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Arkansas women's basketball overwhelms Alabama with 99 points