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Razorback women host Kansas Thursday

12/06/2012
Athletic Communications
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team returns to the court Thursday hosting No. 17 Kansas at 7 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena.

The Razorbacks are 7-1 on the year and face their second ranked opponent in Kansas (7-0) this season.  The game airs live on CST, channel 119 on the Cox Communications system in Fayetteville.

Arkansas enters the week on a four-game winning streak that has seen balanced play and improving defense.  The Razorbacks have had five different leading scorers and leading rebounders in eight games this year.  The balance makes Arkansas a tough team to plan for.

Kansas enters the game with two players averaging double figures led by Carolyn Davis with 16.6 points per game.  Angel Goodrich checks in with 10.7 ppg and Tania Jackson is the team’s leading rebounder with 7.1 rebounds per contest.

“The game against Kansas should be a great game,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said.  “They are a veteran team who made it to the Sweet 16 last year and they have all the weapons.  They love to put the ball on the inside and they run the boards really well.  That’s a concern for us in the game.  We are going to have to rise up at every position but this is a great opportunity for us.”

Arkansas also has a pair of players who average double figures.  Junior Keira Peak leads the Razorbacks with 16.0 ppg followed by senior Sarah Watkins with 12.3 ppg.  Watkins has been coming in from the bench for the Razorbacks giving Arkansas a spark a couple of minutes into play.

The Razorbacks have done a good job taking care of the ball and ranked second in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at the start of the week.  In addition, the lead the SEC and rank 14th in the country in three-point defense as opponents don’t get many long distance chances against Arkansas.

The Kansas contest is the first of the final five non-conference games before the Razorbacks begin Southeastern Conference action after the first of the year.

“We need to take care of business and find a way to get things done,” said Collen.

The Razorbacks break from competition next week before returning to action at Furman Dec. 16.

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