A Battle to the End in Arkansas

Marnelle Garraud ties career high to lead the Dores in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Makayla Daniels sank a buzzer-beating 3-point field goal as time expired Monday to lift Arkansas to an 84-81 victory over Vanderbilt women’s basketball at Bud Walton Arena.

The shot came just seconds after Marnelle Garraud banked in a 3-pointer to tie the contest for the Commodores.

Garraud finished 7 of 10 from 3-point range, making four in the final 75 seconds to eliminate an eight-point deficit, ending the night with a career-high-tying 31 points to lead Vandy (9-10, 0-5 SEC). Ciaja Harbison contributed 15 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Dores, Sacha Washington posted 11 points and nine rebounds, and Jada Brown finished the game with nine points.

Samara Spencer paced the Razorbacks (17-3, 4-1 SEC) with 23 points, while Erynn Barnum recorded 18 points and nine rebounds. Daniels scored 16 on the night, Saylor Poffenbarger had 13 points and Chrissy Carr ended up with 11 for Arkansas.

Vandy led 12-11 at the end of the opening quarter with Garraud posting eight points highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers. The Commodores held the Razorbacks to just 26 percent shooting over the opening 10 minutes including a 1-of-8 mark from beyond the 3-point line. Bella LaChance added seven points—matching her career high in a game—in the second period, completing a pair of 3-point plays in a 32-second span midway through the second quarter as Arkansas went ahead 27-26 at the break.

The Razorbacks went 11 of 15 at the foul line in the third quarter, but were ahead by just three at the end of the period as Harbison answered with eight points for the Dores and Brown added six. Arkansas opened the final quarter with a 10-2 run, to open up their biggest advantage of the night—a nine-point margin—before Garraud rallied the Commodores with 20 points in the period.

The Dores shot 43 percent overall in the contest, but were 13 of 24 (54 percent) from 3-point range. The Razorbacks outscored Vandy 38-26 in the paint while connecting at a 46-percent clip for the night.

Player Notes
• Both Garraud and Harbison have now scored 10 or more points on 13 occasions this season.
• Garraud has also connected on multiple 3-point baskets in five straight contests, her longest streak as a Commodore, while adding a season-best six rebounds as well.
• Washington recorded her 11th double-figure scoring game of the season, matching her total in 35 appearances in 2021-22.
• Yaubryon Chambers handed out multiple assists for just the second time since Vandy played host to St. Joseph’s on Nov. 20 while also recording her highest rebounding total in SEC play this season.
• Brown matched her highest scoring output in SEC action in her first collegiate appearance in her home state.

Series history
Vandy still leads the all-time series with the Razorbacks, 26-12, although Arkansas now holds a 9-8 advantage in games played in Fayetteville.

Up Next: The Commodores play host to No. 1 South Carolina Thursday, with opening tip at Memorial Gymnasium slated for 6 p.m. on the SEC Network.

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