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FAYETTEVILLE -- Alexis Tolefree air-balled a three-pointer with 3:25 left in the game. She looked at her University of Arkansas teammates and laughed before getting back on defense.

The junior guard from Conway didn't take the miss too seriously after making five three-pointers in a 98-53 victory over Northwestern (La.) State in the season opener in Walton Arena on Friday.

Arkansas 95, Northwestern State 53

Northwestern State 14 13 9 17 — 53

Arkansas 28 28 20 22 — 95

Northwestern State: Grant 14, Gilliam 13, Thomas 7, Johnson 6, Bonner 5, Barnes 2, Freeman 2, Savage 2 Nero 1, Scott 1.

Arkansas: Tolefree 19, Gaulden 16, Monk 12, Doumbia 11, Dungee 11, Thomas 11, Williams 10, Zimmerman 4, Mason 4.

Three-Point Goals — Northwestern State 8-21, Arkansas 11-23. Rebounds — Northwestern State 34, Arkansas 38. Turnovers — Northwestern State 30, Arkansas 16. Technical Fouls — None.

Officials — Scott Yarbrough, Jennifer Rezac, Meadow Overstreet.

Attendance — 5,497

"This is what I dreamed of since I was in seventh grade, being able to put the Razorback jersey on," said Tolefree, who is in her first season with the Razorbacks after spending the previous two years at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss. "It's a big deal to me. Every game is gonna be me going hard."

Tolefree finished with 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. She led seven Razorbacks who scored in double figures, the most to do so in a single game in program history.

"We took good shots," said Mike Neighbors, Arkansas' second-year coach. "Seven people in double figures ... I only remember doing that one time in Temco basketball back on Nintendo when I had it. That's great balance."

While Arkansas' offense often relied on Malica Monk to put up video game-like numbers last year, guards Tolefree, sophomore Chelsea Dungee and sophomore A'Tyanna Gaulden have shown glimpses of high-volume scoring ability.

"We give Mal fresh legs when I come in and help her out," Gaulden said after scoring 16 points. "Mal is doing very good, and then I come in and help her roll."

Monk scored 12 points, and the senior has scored in double figures in all of her season openers with the Razorbacks. She also had three assists and two steals Friday.

Dungee, Taylah Thomas and Rokia Doumbia all had 11 for UA, while Kiara Williams closed out the double-figure scorers with 10.

Arkansas' announced attendance was 5,497, which marked a record crowd for the program's annual "Elementary Day" game.

Northwestern State 14 13 9 17 -- 53

Arkansas 28 28 20 22 -- 98

Northwestern State: Grant 14, Gilliam 13, Thomas 7, Johnson 6, Bonner 5, Barnes 2, Freeman 2, Savage 2 Nero 1, Scott 1.

Arkansas: Tolefree 19, Gaulden 16, Monk 12, Doumbia 11, Dungee 11, Thomas 11, Williams 10, Zimmerman 4, Mason 4.

Three-Point Goals -- Northwestern State 8-21, Arkansas 11-23. Rebounds -- Northwestern State 34, Arkansas 38. Turnovers -- Northwestern State 30, Arkansas 16. Technical Fouls -- None.

Officials -- Scott Yarbrough, Jennifer Rezac, Meadow Overstreet.

Attendance -- 5,497.

SUN BELT WOMEN

UALR 69, LOUISIANA TECH 58

Junior guard Kyra Collier scored a career-high 31 points to lead the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to a season-opening victory over Louisiana Tech on Friday at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La.

Collier is the first UALR player to score 30 or more points in a game since Taylor Gault scored 31 against Oral Roberts on Nov. 21, 2012. She got off to a hot start, scoring the first four points for the Trojans and finishing the first quarter with 10 of UALR's 19 points. She had 12 points in the first half as the Trojans held a 35-22 halftime lead.

The Lady Techsters scored 20 points in the third quarter on 46.7 percent shooting while holding the Trojans to 8 points on 27.3 percent shooting to take a 48-43 lead after the third quarter.

Louisiana Tech extended its lead to 51-44 early in the fourth quarter before UALR turned up its defensive pressure. Collier's 21st point tied the game at 51-51 with 7:02 left and she would go on to score 10 of the Trojans' 18 points in a game-ending 18-7 run.

Sun Belt Conference preseason Player of the Year Ronjanae DeGray scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Trojans. Kierra Anthony led the Lady Techsters with 21 points.

OKLAHOMA STATE 62, ARKANSAS STATE 60

Arkansas State University nearly erased a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter on Friday as the Red Wolves fell to Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.

Oklahoma State led 54-38 with 5:15 left, but a 9-0 ASU run over the next 21/2 minutes cut the lead to 54-47. The Red Wolves worked the deficit down to 61-60 after Jordan Elder was fouled on a three-point attempt and made all three free throws with six seconds to go.

The Red Wolves fouled on the ensuing possession and Jaden Hobbs made one of two free throws to give ASU a chance to win or send the game to overtime, but time expired before a shot could be taken.

Jireh Washington led Arkansas State with 15 points and 6 rebounds, Lycia Peevy scored 13 points and Peyton Martin finished with 10. Akasha Westbrook tied a career high with 11 rebounds to go with 6 points and 4 steals.

Braxtin Miller scored a game-high 23 points for Oklahoma State.

, while Latashia Jones added 10 points and 21 rebounds, including 10 offensive rebounds.

Sports on 11/10/2018

Print Headline: Tolefree paces balanced Razorbacks

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