FAYETTEVILLE — It was a season defined by defense for the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team, with not only the team but many individuals setting a tone on the defensive side of the game throughout the 2013-14 season.
Arkansas finished the campaign leading the Southeastern Conference and ranked third in the NCAA for scoring defense, trailing only No. 1 UConn and Presbyterian by allowing opponents just 54.1 points per game.
The Razorbacks held a total of 17 opponents on the season to more (or the same number) turnovers than field goals, including holding Alabama to just 18 field goals and 25 turnovers, then No. 19/18 LSU to 19 field goals and forcing 19 turnovers.
In all, 11 opponents on the season were held to season-low point totals by the Razorbacks. The most recent occurence was Arkansas holding NCAA qualifier Florida to just 49 points at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark., on Feb. 6, 2014. The Gators average 74.9 points per game.
Arkansas ranked fifth in the SEC in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents an average of 38.0percent shooting this season. UA was fourth in the SEC for blocked shots averaging 4.6 rejections per game with a total of 139 swats on the year.
Individually, Jessica Jackson was a presence defensively for the Razorbacks in addition to her ability to score the basketball. The freshman finished her first season with 43 blocks, which was 12 off from tying Amanda Holley for the most by a freshman in program history.
Calli Berna recorded 60 steals over the course of the season and finished fifth in the SEC with that total. Over the final eight regular season games, the Razorbacks recorded a total of 73 takeaways (9.1 spg). During that stretch, freshman Kelsey Brooks tied a career-high with seven steals in the team’s win over Alabama.
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