LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Coming off its first bye week of the conference season, the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (15-4, 2-4 SEC) gets back to work on the road against No. 9/8 Kentucky (15-4, 3-3 SEC) at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky., on Sunday.
"The extra days certainly help from a preparation standpoint," head coach Tom Collen said. "We've had a lot of time to pay attention to detail and to get ready for the game. We also are excited to be able to go in there with some fresh legs as well."
Despite its 2-4 start in Southeastern Conference play, the Razorbacks have battled in a number of close games and continue to impress statistically, which is something that keeps Collen optimistic.
"The statistics tell you we're a pretty good basketball team," Collen said. "Certainly, we're disappointed to be 2-4 in the SEC, but I think when you look at that record you have to look at how close those games have been. We're certainly not as good statistically as we have been in the non-conference and we've got to get that up to win some of these conference games."
Arkansas has played six SEC games this year and all have been decided by seven points or less, while five of the six have been decided by four points or less. The road ahead won't prove any easier for the Razorbacks.
"We've got to take it one game at a time, because we've got a rough schedule ahead of us," Collen said. "Almost every road game we'll go and play is against a top-25 team. I think the thing we keep preaching to our kids is that those aren't obstacles, those are opportunities. If you find a way to win one of those games, all of the sudden you get a lot of people's attention with that."
The Razorbacks will have their first opportunity to make a statement on the road against the Wildcats on Sunday, who were recently upset at home by Alabama. Five players average double-digit scoring for Kentucky, led by Jennifer O'Neill with 12.2 points per game.
The shooting numbers from the Wildcats have been just as impressive this season, as Eight are averaging .400 field-goal percentage or better (min. 27 field goals) led by DeNesha Stallworth at 51.2 percent (89-164 FG).
On the other side, Arkansas enters ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2 in the NCAA for scoring defense, allowing opponents just 49.4 points per game so far this season. The Razorbacks have held 10 different teams to season-low point totals.
Something has to give on Sunday when Arkansas and No. 9/8 Kentucky tip off at noon inside Memorial Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports South.
The game will air in Northwest Arkansas on KOSM-FM 92.1; in Rogers on KURM-AM 790; in Fort Smith on KFPW-FM 94.5 and 1230 AM; and in Little Rock on KREB-FM 103.7.
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