FAYETTEVILLE -- The University of Arkansas women's basketball team (15-7, 2-7 SEC) remains home this week to host Florida (16-6, 6-3 SEC) at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark., on Thursday night.
Falling late to Auburn and suffering their third straight loss, the Razorbacks look to bounce back at home and generate some late-season momentum to close out conference play with one final, late-season push.
Motivation will not be hard to find, as Arkansas receives its first chance at a rematch and faces Florida for the second time this season. The Gators enter the matchup with a flipped script, having won three games in a row with wins over Auburn, Alabama and at Ole Miss.
Revenge will be on the mind of Arkansas, as career-high efforts from freshmen Jessica Jackson and McKenzie Adams were squandered earlier this season as the Gators handed the Razorbacks a 59-52 loss earlier this season in Gainesville.
Both freshmen scored 23 points, which was then a career-high fro Jackson, who also recorded one of her four double-doubles this season. Adams prepares for an encore against the Gators, as she looks to top her 23 points from the first matchup, which still remains a career-high total.
The Gators average 74.0 points per game, as two players average double figures in SEC games. UF is paced by Jaterra Bonds with 14.2 points per game and Kayla Lewis at 11.6 points per conest. Lewis also leads the team in rebounds with 8.7 boards per game.
Jackson looks to counter for the Razorbacks, as the freshman continues her campaign for Freshman of the Year honors. The Jacksonville, Ark., native is averaging 16.8 points per game and ranks third in the SEC. She has reached double-digit scoring in 20 of 22 games this season, including 20+ points in four of the last seven games.
Calli Berna and Keira Peak each continue to chase down program history. Peak enters the Florida game with 885 career points ranking her 30th all-time at Arkansas. Already the 23rd player in program history to pass the 500 rebound milestone, Peak now needs just 115 more boards to reach the career 1,000 point plateau. Entering the game with 457 assists, Berna recently passed Tracy Webb (444 ast, '83-87) and moved into fifth all-time in program history.
Arkansas trails Florida 8-23 in the all-time series between the two programs, including a 4-9 record in Fayetteville. The Gators have won the last three meetings, as the Razorbacks haven't won since winning 73-72 in double overtime on Jan. 29, 2012, in Fayetteville.
Opening tip between Arkansas and Florida is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday inside Bud Walton Arena.
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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