FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas women’s basketball coach Tom Collen
and selected players met with media today to chat about the Razorbacks’ upcoming Southeastern Conference home match up with Auburn this Sunday.
The Razorbacks’ 15-6 overall record and 2-6 mark in conference play does not represent how close Arkansas has been or how grueling the schedule has been.
Arkansas is currently in a stretch of its conference schedule that has them facing five straight road games against teams currently ranked in the top 17 nationally. The Razorbacks lost at No. 8/9 Kentucky on Sunday, lost at No. 10 Tennessee
on Thursday and still have remaining road games at No. 10/11 South Carolina (2/9), at No. 15/14 LSU (2/23) and at No. 17/15 Texas A&M (2/17).
Arkansas has played eight SEC games this season and six have been decided by seven points or less. Five of the eight have been decided by four points or less. The Razorbacks lost to No. 13/12 South Carolina by four (51-55); defeated Missouri by three (69-66), fell at Florida by seven (52-59), lost at home to Miss State by four (50-54), fell at Georgia by two (58-60) and defeated Ole Miss at home by three (68-65).
Arkansas has held all of its SEC opponents well below their scoring averages this year. South Carolina came in averaging 77.2 ppg and shooting .492. Arkansas held Carolina to just 55 points and 40.4% in the game. Missouri averaged 76.5 ppg and shot .433 from the field. The Razorbacks held the Tigers to just 66 points and a 38.6 shooting performance. Florida averaged 81.1 ppg and shot .453 from the field. Arkansas limited the Gators to just 59 points and a .420 shooting percentage. The Lady Bulldogs entered the game averaging 79.5 ppg and were held to just 54 points in Fayetteville. Georgia averaged 67.2 ppg and the Razorbacks held them to just 60 points in Athens. Ole Miss averaged 76.2 ppg, but was held to just 65 points by Arkansas. Kentucky averaged 87.0 ppg, but was held to just 68 points by Arkansas. Tennessee averaged 81.2 ppg, but was held to 70 points by Arkansas.
As for being close, Collen likes where his team is at right now despite the win-loss record.
“We are young and continue to learn each day on the court,” he said. “We have a lot of potential and this team has done a great job of staying together and staying positive.”
Arkansas and Auburn are set for a 2 p.m. tip Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door.
For more information on Arkansas women’s basketball, follow @RazorbackWBB on Twitter.