UConn (10-1) responded and took a 79-77 advantage on Evina Westbrook’s 3-pointer with 5:28 to play.
Arkansas then scored the next 10 points to make it 87-79, the last three on a three-point play by Dungee, who had 15 points at halftime before scoring 10 in the third quarter.
UConn pulled within 90-87 on Christyn Williams’ layup with 34 seconds left, but neither team scored again. Williams finished with 16 points in her return to her home state.
Freshman Paige Bueckers scored a season-high 27 points for the Huskies, including 15 in the fourth quarter. She missed the Huskies last game while recovering from a right ankle injury.
T.O., TOO LATE
After Arkansas’ Amber Ramirez missed a layup with under five seconds left, the Huskies did not get a time out until three-tenths of a second were left. Westbrook tried to get up a shot but time expired.
“We had a strategy in the huddle that if there was enough time left we’d get a break-away,” said UConn coach Gino Auriemma, “but if we got a rebound and there was five seconds we wanted a time out. What are you going to do?”
“Our crowd was phenomenal,” said Neighbors. “I felt like they accounted for about 10 to 15 points.”
HE SAID IT
Arkansas was originally scheduled to take on Vanderbilt on Thursday, but the Commodores have shut their women’s basketball program down for the remainder of the season because of covid-19-related issues.
UConn’s game with Providence was also postponed, leaving the two teams with an open date. The universities were able to quickly arrange the game to fill the hole in the schedule.
“A week ago at South Carolina after a tough loss, we posed the question to the team ‘How do you want to fill this game,’” said Neighbors. “‘Do you want to play UConn?’ They said let’s go. A lot of teams, a lot of kids would have said let’s take the time off or can we find a team that hadn’t won 11 national championships, but they didn’t.”
UConn: The Huskies visit No. 17 DePaul on Sunday.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks will host Auburn on Sunday.