led the Razorbacks to a win over No. 17 Kansas in the Razorbacks’ only game last week. Williams led four players in double figures with 15 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Williams also had one block and two steals. The win moves Arkansas to 32-1 in non-conference games at Bud Walton under Tom Collen
. Arkansas has won 26 consecutive non-conference games in Bud Walton. The Razorbacks have had seven games with at least three players scoring in double figures. Junior Keira Peak
leads the team with eight consecutive double-digit games. Arkansas is off from competition for finals, returning to action at Furman Dec. 16.
VERSUS NON-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Arkansas is 40-1 in non-conference games at Bud Walton under Tom Collen
. The last loss for Arkansas was to Missouri in December of 2007. Arkansas has won 26 consecutive non-conference games in Bud Walton.
ABOUT SARAH WATKINS
slipped over the 1,000 point career scoring plateau with a 25-point effort in a win at Hawai’i in Honolulu. Watkins, a Germantown, Tenn., native, begin the 2012-13 season with 962 points. She scored 112 points in the first eight games moving to 1,076 in 106 career games. Watkins became the 27th player in program history to score at least 1,000 career points for the Razorbacks. As a freshman, Watkins scored 176 points. She upped that to 458 points as a sophomore and had 330 last year as a junior.
In addition to scoring, Watkins is a solid rebounder. She has 488 career boards and would be the 26th player to go over the 500 career rebounding mark. Should Watkins reach both milestones, she will be the 17th player in program history to go over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
WATKINS CAN BLOCK SHOTS
Watkins is also pretty good at blocking shots. She currently ranks second in program history with 167 career blocks. Delmonica DeHorney (87-91) holds the school record with 235 career blocked shots.
ABOUT JHASMIN BOWEN
Sophomore Jhasmin Bowen
is ignoring the sophomore slump and is out to a great start in her second season. Bowen has three games with double figure scoring including two double-doubles this year. Bowen posted a career-best 14 points in the opener against Jackson State and matched that with 14 again Oregon in Hawai’i. Bowen has recorded 10 rebounds twice. Bowen moved into the starting lineup at Hawai’i.
TO START OR NOT TO START
Senior Sarah Watkins
has been the starter at the post for much of her career at Arkansas. Early this season, however, Watkins has found herself with limited minutes due to foul trouble. She has fouled out twice and had two other games with four fouls this year. As a result, Collen did not start Watkins against Hawai’i or Oregon and the senior answered with a career-best tying 25 points against the Rainbow Wahine, 14 in the win over Oregon and 12 in the win over TSU. She has been coming in off the bench ever since. Watkins is averaging 16.6 ppg off the bench.
Starting at the five is like the Sports Illustrated curse. Sarah Watkins
was in foul trouble and handed the starting baton to Jhasmine Bowen against Hawai’i and Bowen fouled out of the game with seven points and five boards. Bowen settled in with 14 points in 22 minutes against Oregon.
SO...WHO SHOULD I GUARD?
As the season started, Calli Berna
and Sarah Watkins
were the players with targets on their backs. Berna stepped up with career numbers in the opener and Watkins was in double figures at Tulsa. Williams has been good in both games and Keira Peak
and Kelsey Hatcher
were unexpected scorers at Tulsa. Jhasmin Bowen
, who had limited minutes as a freshman, had a double-double against Jackson State and has started the last several games. Tom Collen
has said Arkansas has to find its identity and right now, opponents won’t know who will step up next.
ARKANSAS RANKS SEVENT IN THE NATION
The Razorbacks begin the week ranked seventh in the nation in turnovers per game and assist/turnover ratio. Arkansas is averaging 12.3 turnovers per game through the nine contests. As a result of low turnovers, Arkansas ranks seventh in the country in assist turnover ratio this week with a 1.3 mark. This figure is calculated by dividing a teams assists (144) by it’s turnovers (111).
ARKANSAS AGAINST THE WORLD
Arkansas ranks 10th in the country in turnover margin at 7.89 and are 15th in win-loss percentage at 88.9. The other categories in which the Razorbacks are ranked include 25th for scoring offense with 74.8 ppg, 31st in scoring margin at +16.6 ppg, 34th in assists per game with 16.0 apg, 37th in three point field goal defense allowing just 24.0.
ARKANSAS INDIVIDUALS IN THE NCAA STATS
ranks ninth in the nation in assist/turnover ratio and the Razorbacks are among the nation’s leaders in several statistical categories. Berna, a Fayetteville, Ark., point guard, ranks ninth among 250 players with 2.76 assist/turnover ratio. She also ranks 44th in the nation with 5.2 assists per game and 88th in the country with 2.78 steals per game this week. Other individuals who also rank in the NCAA stats include senior Sarah Watkins
who is 87th with an 83.9 free throw percentage and junior Keira Peak
who is 96th with a 48.5 field goal percentage and 150th with 15.3 points per game.
PEAK IS FOURTH IN THE SEC
Junior Keira Peak
is fourth in the SEC this week in scoring. The Clyatteville, Ga., native averages 15.3 points per game. Peak has scored 138 -- 49 field goals, 12 threes and 28 free throws -- in the first nine games. Peak ranks eighth in the SEC in field goal percentage hitting 48.5 percent of her shots.
BERNA HELPS OUT
Sophomore Calli Berna
ranks third in the SEC in assists this week. The Fayetteville, Ark., native averages 5.2 assists per game with 47 through the first nine games.
Berna is also a bit of a thief. She ranks tied for fourth in the SEC in steals averaging 2.8 steals per game with 25 this year.
Senior Sarah Watkins
ranks fourth in the SEC this week in free throw percentage. The Germantown, Tenn., native is shooting 83.9 percent from the line making 26 of 31 this year.
ARKANSAS IS SHOOTING WELL
This week, Arkansas ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring offense. The Razorbacks average 74.8 points per game scoring 673 points this season.
Conversely, Arkansas is also holding opponents to low numbers. The Razorbacks rank fifth in the SEC allowing just 58.2 ppg through the first nine games. That differential gives Arkansas a +16.6 scoring margin, ranking fifth as well.
FREE SHOTS GOOD FOR ARKANSAS
The Razorbacks rank third as a team in free throw percentage hitting 70.4 percent of its bonus shots. Arkansas is 126-179 on the season and trails Mississippi State (74.9) who leads the SEC. Tennessee is also ahead of Arkansas.
DON’T SHOOT THE THREE IN HERE
The Razorbacks are tough defenders against the three point shot. They lead the SEC allowing just 24.0 percent of shots from beyond the arc. Arkansas has allowed 37 of 154 attempts this year.
GIVE ME A HAND
Arkansas ranks sixth in the SEC in assists with 144 in seven games for a 16.0 assist per game average. Tennessee leads the SEC with 17.4 apg. Six SEC teams average more than 16 assists per game this year.
SECOND IN ASSISTS/TURNOVERS
Arkansas ranks tied for first the SEC in assist/turnover ratio this week. The Razorbacks check in with a 1.3 a/t ratio with 144 assists and 111 turnovers to tie Georgia. The Razorbacks also rank fourth in the SEC in turnover margin (+7.9)
Furman is 3-5 this year with losses to Arkansas’ SEC foes Georgia (83-47) and South Carolina (69-35)
Furman’s leading scorer, Sarah Durdaller is out with a foot injury
Teshia Griswold leads the team with 15.5 points per game...Brittany Hodges is the team’s leading rebounder averaging 6.4 rpg
Furman averages 19.1 turnovers a game
Opponents have shot 45.9 percent and average 74.1 points per game against Furman
This is Arkansas’ first trip to Furman and just the second meeting in program history
score 12 points, Quistelle Williams
had 11 and Keira Peak
three in the first meeting between these teams in 2010 in Bud Walton Arena, and 88-44 win
LUNCH WITH TOM COLLEN
Fans are invited to join Razorback head coach Tom Collen
for monthly luncheons at the Clarion Inn in Fayetteville again this year. The 2012-13 season marks the eighth year the event has taken place at the Clarion and it is believed to be the 19th year that head coaches and student-athletes have taken part in mid-day events.
The price for this year’s luncheon is $12 and the dates are Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11 and March 11. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Contact the Razorback marketing office for more information.
THE FRIENDLY CONFINES OF BUD WALTON ARENA
Arkansas is 205-76 in 20 seasons in Bud Walton Arena including a 4-0 mark this year. Arkansas has had 18 winning seasons at Bud including 13 seasons with double figure wins. Arkansas has had 14 wins in a single season at Bud twice including the team’s 14-2 mark last year. The Razorbacks set a record with a 15-4 mark in Bud Walton in the 1998-99 season.
RAZORBACKS ON TV
The Razorbacks have seven regular season games scheduled for television this season. Arkansas hosts Kansas, Dec. 6 and Missouri Feb. 17 in games that air on COX in a regional market. The Razorbacks have three scheduled appearances on the FOX Sports Network, first Jan. 6 against Texas A&M, then at Mississippi State Feb. 3, and finally at Georgia Feb. 21. Arkansas moves to the SEC Network Feb. 24, hosting Tennessee and finally appears on Sun Sports Feb. 28 at Florida. All of the SEC Tournament games will also be televised.
100 RAZORBACK WINS
Head coach Tom Collen
is in his sixth season as the Razorbacks’ head coach and has a 95-66 record in his first five years. Collen reached his 100th win at Arkansas against Pepperdine becoming the third coach in program history to do so joining Gary Blair (198-120, 10 years) and John Sutherland (174-88, 9 years). He is 8-1 this season for a 101-67 record.
WATKINS PICKED BY COACHES; ARKANSAS NINTH
University of Arkansas senior Sarah Watkins
earned a first-team nod and the Razorbacks were selected ninth in the Southeastern Conference Coaches Preseason Poll. Watkins, who was a preseason second-team pick by the league’s media, was a second-team honoree last year for the Razorbacks.
As a team, the Razorbacks returned to the NCAA Tournament last year, reaching the postseason for the third time in five seasons under Collen. Arkansas set program records for most SEC wins, most consecutive SEC wins and for the team’s finish, a tie for fourth last year.
ABOUT LAST YEAR
The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team is coming off its most successful season under head coach Tom Collen
. In fact, they are coming off one of the most successful years since joining the Southeastern Conference. Eight consecutive SEC wins, a program-best tie for fourth place in the standings, two rounds deep into the SEC Tournament matched by a second round appearance at the NCAA Tournament are just a few of highlights.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE
Arkansas’ schedule will challenge them early and often, long before the start of the always tough SEC schedule. The Razorbacks face 11 teams who participated in the postseason a year ago and opens with five of the first six games on the road.
“We have a pretty challenging schedule in the preseason for such an inexperienced team so it would help to get off to a good start,” Collen said. “Our games early at Tulsa and ORU will be good tests. We will need to play like a veteran team to win on the road. It’s an extended road trip to play in Hawai’i against national power Oklahoma then PAC-12 member Oregon. Throw in a game at host Hawai’i and it’s a tough start to the season. Our toughest challenge may be Sweet Sixteen participant Kansas at home. If we can survive all that with our confidence in tact, we might be ready for the SEC.”
The SEC is always tough and this year the Razorbacks welcome Missouri and Texas A&M to the family. Although the schedule remains at 16 games, the road to one of the top spots in the conference definitely got tougher.