FAYETTEVILLE - Coming off a tough overtime loss to No. 10/8 Kentucky, the University of Arkansas women's basketball team looks to rebound with a road game this Sunday against Alabama. The Razorbacks (15-8, 3-7 SEC) pushed the Wildcats to the brink the last time out, led by 25 points by Sarah Watkins
and a career-best 17 points from freshman Dominique Wilson
. Arkansas will look to get back on a winning track against the Crimson Tide, who are 12-11 overall and 2-8 in SEC play.
"It was a tough game against Kentucky," Arkansas head coach Tom Collen
said. "We're going to get some good practice in and try and get our heads back on track. Then we just want to roll the ball out and see if we can find a way to win."
Arkansas was led by Watkins' 25 points against UK, the eighth time the senior has led the Razorbacks in scoring this season. Watkins, who is the team's leading scorer with 13.5 points per game, has scored double digits 16 times and has four games with at least 20 points this season. Along with fellow senior Quistelle Williams
, who is second on the team with 10.8 points per game, the Razorbacks have been led by their strong interior play.
"Our post play has really picked it up of late," Collen said. "It's been the most consistent thing we do right in terms of scoring, and our rebounding is getting better as well. With Sarah and Quistelle, I don't think there's a better senior post tandem in the league right now. They've been very consistent and can both give you double digits night in and night out."
The Razorbacks have been very strong on defense this season, which has kept them in games against numerous ranked teams. They have held ranked opponents to just 62.0 points per game, and are second in the SEC in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to a 35.7 percent clip from the field.
Alabama has lost eight of their last 10 games since the beginning of conference play, and are 1-4 in SEC home games. The Crimson Tide are led by Daisha Simomons at 12.5 points per game, and Jasmin Robinson, who averages 12.2 per game. Arkansas leads the all-time series 16-14, and while Alabama leads 7-6 on their home floor, this will be the first meeting between these teams in Foster Auditorium.
"Alabama wants to get out in transition," Collen said. "They want to get out and take shots on offense, while we try and make teams take long on the shot clock. It's going to be a contrast in styles. The key will be can we force them to slow it down and take shots they don't want to take."