RAZORBACK WOMEN’S BASKETBALL2010-11 REVIEW
12-0 Start to SeasonThe Razorbacks opened the season 12-0 under head coach Tom Collen. The run was the second time in Collen’s four years at Arkansas that the Razorbacks have started with at least 12 wins. Arkansas opened 15-0 in 2007-08, Collen’s first year. The 12-0 start is the second-best in program history.
Nineteen Wins in a SeasonArkansas has 19 wins overall and six SEC wins this year. The Razorbacks’ best record under current head coach Tom Collen was an 18-14 mark and a 6-8 league record both in 2008-09 (his second season). The most wins in a single season was 28 set in the 1990-91 season, Arkansas last year in the SWC. The Razorbacks were 15-1 and won the SWC title as well. Arkansas has had seven SEC wins four times, most recently in the 2002-03 season when they were 7-7.
Road WinsThe 2010-11 road season was good to Arkansas. The Razorbacks were 9-5 away from Bud Walton and 1-1 at neutral sites. Arkansas picked up big road wins at LSU and won at Ole Miss for the first time in program history. Arkansas was 2-1 on the road in the WNIT Tournament and had non-conference road victories at Texas-El Paso, UT-Arlington and Utah.
Arkansas in the PollsArkansas broke into both the Associated Press and USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Polls in Week 6. The Razorbacks checked in at No. 25 in both polls. Arkansas’ return to the AP Poll was the programs first since the 2007-08 season. Arkansas was ranked as high as No. 20 (Jan. 10) in the Associated Press Poll and spent nine week’s with their name listed. The Razorbacks were as high as No. 23 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Poll and were listed nine weeks.
ARKANSAS IN THE POLLSASSOCIATED PRESS
|Week 3||Nov. 29||7 points|
|Week 4||Dec. 6||12 points|
|Week 5||Dec. 13||12 points|
|Week 6||Dec. 20||No. 25 (111)|
|Week 7||Dec. 27||No. 22 (174)|
|Week 8||Jan. 3||No. 25 (72)|
|Week 9||Jan. 10||No. 20 (235)|
|Week 10||Jan. 17||No. 23 (131)|
|Week 11||Jan. 24||8 points|
|Week 4||Dec. 6||21 points|
|Week 5||Dec. 13||34 points|
|Week 6||Dec. 21||No. 25 (85)|
|Week 7||Dec. 28||No. 24 (94)|
|Week 8||Jan. 4||27 points|
|Week 9||Jan. 11||No. 23 (100)|
|Week 10||Jan. 18||No. 24 (60)|
|Week 11||Jan. 25||19 points|
|Week 12||Feb. 1||14 points|
In 2007-08, Collen guided the Razorbacks to a 15-0 start, the best start in Arkansas history. The Razorbacks jumped into the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Poll on Christmas day and moved into the AP Poll at No. 25 in week nine just before the start of SEC play. Arkansas remained in the poll moving up to No. 20 the following week but a pair of losses at No. 11 LSU and at Ole Miss saw the Razorbacks slip from the rankings. The highest Arkansas has been ranked under current head coach Tom Collen is No. 20 during his first season (2007-08). The highest Arkansas has ever been ranked is No. 7 during the 1995-96 season. The Razorbacks were No. 7 when they faced Southwest Missouri State Dec. 10, 1995. They have been ranked as high as eighth several times.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES ARE HARD TO FINDIt is a special feat when a basketball player is able to record a double-double, scoring in double figures while pulling in double-figure rebounds. The Razorbacks had 15 in 2010-11. Junior Ashley Daniels led the team with seven double-doubles including a 22 point, 11 rebound performance against Auburn Feb. 12, 2011.
Sophomore Sarah Watkins added six double-doubles in 2010-11. Watkins had a 22-point, 10 rebound performance against Oral Roberts in the first meeting of the year between the programs. She finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds against Lamar in the WNIT.
Junior C’eira Ricketts rounded out Arkansas’ double-doubles with two last season. Ricketts scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds at Utah and had 12 points and 11 boards at Ole Miss.
WINS OVER RANKED OPPONENTSArkansas had wins over No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 10 Kentucky in 2010-11. It is the first time under head coach Tom Collen the Razorbacks have multiple victories over ranked teams. The wins are just the second and third wins over ranked opponents in Collens’ tenure at Arkansas as the head coach (No. 15 Florida, 2-19-09, 83-74). The last time the Razorbacks defeated at least two ranked teams in the same year was the 2005-06 season. Arkansas got a 52-51 overtime win over No. 20 Vanderbilt and defeated No. 24 Florida, 69-63.
ARKANSAS SWEEPS LSUArkansas picked up a pair of wins over LSU this year. The Razorbacks surprised the Tigers in Baton Rouge Jan. 27 with a 53-45 win. It was the first win in Baton Rouge in 14 attempts and the first since the 1996 season. It is the first series sweep of LSU since the 1996 season when the Razorbacks downed LSU 73-72 Jan. 23, 1996 and again, 74-65, Jan. 31, 1996.
ARKANSAS WINS IN OXFORDArkansas defeated Ole Miss in Oxford, 56-53, on Feb. 17, 2011. It is the program’s first-ever win in Oxford, snapping a 13-game road losing streak. Prior to the start of the 2010-11 season, the Razorbacks had never won in Knoxville or Oxford in the SEC.
2010-11 HONORS AND AWARDSJuniors C’eira Ricketts and Ashley Daniels along with sophomore Sarah Watkins were honored by the SEC last week. Ricketts and Watkins earned All-SEC Second Team honors and Daniels was selected to the SEC Women’s Basketball Community Service Team.
2010-11 SEC Preseason Coaches All-SEC Second TeamC’eira Ricketts
2010-11 SEC Coaches All-SEC Second TeamC’eira RickettsSarah Watkins
2011 Associated Press ALL-SEC TeamC’eira RickettsSecond TeamSarah WatkinsHonorable Mention
2010-11 SEC Community Service Team SelectionAshley Daniels
SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEKWeek 4C’eria Ricketts (Dec. 6)Week 6C’eira Ricketts (Dec. 23)Week 9Sarah Watkins (Jan. 10)
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEKWeek 15Keira Peak (Feb. 21)
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMUTEP Thanksgiving ClassicAll-Tourn.: Lyndsay Harris, Sarah WatkinsDefensive MVP: C’eira Ricketts
HARRIS LEADS LEAGUEJunior Lyndsay Harris led the SEC in three-pointers made averaging 2.8 per game in all games. Harris had 81 threes in 29 games in 2010-11. Harris finished the year eighth in three-point shooting percentage at 34.9 percent. She finished second in SEC-only games averaging 2.4 three-pointers per game making 39 threes in 16 games. Harris was sixth in three-point percentage in league games at 30.5 percent.
CAREER MILESTONES FOR HARRIS AND RICKETTSJuniors Lyndsay Harris and C’eira Ricketts reached the 1,000-point milestones in back-to-back games prior to the SEC Tournament. Harris reached her 1,000th point Sunday, Feb. 20, with nine seconds remaining in the game. She hit free throws to creep over the 1,000-point plateau. Ricketts reached her 1,000th point at Kentucky draining a three-pointer with 1:14 remaining in the first half.
MORE ABOUT 1,000Lyndsay Harris was the 24th Razorback women’s basketball player to score at least 1,000 career points. Harris has scored more than 300 points in each of her three seasons and if she were to match that as she finishes this year and again as a senior she could finish inside the top 10 for scoring at Arkansas. Harris is the fourth player in school history with 1,000 points and at least 200 three-pointers. She is the seventh player to reach the milestone as a junior and the ninth player to do it and also have at least 200 (217) career assists.
MORE ABOUT RICKETTSJunior C’eira Ricketts has scored 1120 career points. She has 491 rebounds, 355 assists, 227 steals, averages 12.2 ppg for her career and is shooting .401 for her career. Ricketts is the sixth player in school history to have at least 1,000 points and 300 assists.
MORE CAREER RECORDSJunior Ashley Daniels has 505 career rebounds and is 18th. Sophomore Sarah Watkins has 98 career blocks and is eighth all-time at Arkansas.
RECORDS-Lyndsay Harris set a school record with six threes in an SEC Tournament game (Florida, 3-3-11)-Razorbacks set team record with nine threes in an SEC Tournament game in regulation (Florida, 3-3-11)-Lyndsay Harris tied record with six three-pointers in a half (vs. Georgia, 1-13-11)-Sarah Watkins tied game record with six blocks against No. 10 Kentucky (1-6-11)…This is also a single-game class record for sophomores-Sarah Waktins holds the WNIT game records for most rebounds with 14 and blocks with four against Lamar-Chrisstasia Walter tied for most steals in a WNIT game with five at ORU-Arkansas posted team records in a WNIT game in the following areas: margin of victory with 26, most field goals with 35, tied for most three-pointers with eight, Most three-point attempts with 28 and best three-point percentage with .500 (13-26), most rebounds with 59, highest rebounding margin at +23, most assists with 23, lowest opponent turnovers with 12, tied the lowest turnover margin at -1 and the most block shots with nine all against Lamar. The Razorbacks added records in WNIT games with the least opponent rebounds with 22 at ORU and tied the record for least turnovers with 10 at Missouri State.
IN THE SEC – ALL GAMESScoring-C’eira Ricketts was fourth at 13.9 ppg…Sarah Watkins was tied for fifth with 13.5 ppg…Lyndsay Harris was tied for 13th with 12.3 ppgRebounding-Ashley Daniels was sixth with 7.5 rpg…Keira Peak was 16th with 5.7 rpg and Sarah Watkins was 18th with 5.6 rpgField Goal Percent-Ricketts was fourth shooting .381Assists-Ricketts was sixth with 3.7 apgSteals-Ricketts was fourth with 2.3 spgFree Throw %-Watkins was tied for sixth with .688…Ricketts was tied for eighth with .682Three-point %-Lyndsay Harris was eighth with .349Three-pointers Made-Harris was first with 2.8 per gameAssist-TO Ratio-Ricketts was fifth with 1.6Blocks-Sarah Watkins was third with 1.7 blocks per gameOff Rebounds-Ashley Daniels is tied for sixth averaging 3.0 rpgDef Rebounds-Daniels was sixth with 4.5 per game…Ricketts was 14th with 3.8Minutes-Ricketts was eighth averaging 33.7 minutes per game
IN THE SEC – SEC ONLY GAMESScoring-C’eira Ricketts was second with 14.8 ppg…Sarah Watkins was tied for fifth with 13.8 ppg…Lyndsay Harris was tied for 20th with 11.1Rebounding-Ashley Daniels was seventh with 7.3 rpg…Sarah Watkins was 15th with 5.8 rpg…Keira Peak was tied for 19th with 5.5 rpgField Goal Percent-Ricketts was sixth with .358Assists-Ricketts was 12th with 3.1 apgSteals-Ricketts was fifth with 2.1 spgFree Throw %-Watkins was sixth with .708…Ricketts is 10th with .652Three-point %-Lyndsay Harris was sixth with .305Three-pointers Made-Harris was second with 2.4 per gameBlocks-Sarah Watkins was third with 1.7 blocks per gameAssist-TO Ratio-Ricketts was tied for eight with 1.1Off Rebounds-Ashley Daniels was eighth averaging 2.7 per gameDef Rebounds-Daniels was eighth with 4.6 per game and Ricketts was 12th with 4.1Minutes-Ricketts was second averaging 37.6 minutes per game