FAYETTEVILLE -- With just two home games remaining, the University of Arkansas women's basketball team welcomes No. 25 Vanderbilt (17-8, 6-6 SEC) to Bud Walton Arena on Thursday in the second of two games during a crucial late-season homestand.
The Razorbacks (17-8, 4-8 SEC) enter the matchup with momentum after putting together their best performance in Southeastern Conference play this season. UA defeated Alabama 75-55 at home last Thursday in what marked both a season-high point total and shooting performance in conference play.
Enduring a tough stretch in recent days, the Commodores visit Fayetteville having lost three straight games and five of their last six. Prior to its recent stretch of misfortune, VU had won five of its first six SEC games, including impressive victories over No. 10 Tennessee and No. 19/18 LSU.
Tipoff between Arkansas and Vanderbilt is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena.
Thursday night's 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.
Arkansas trails the all-time series 6-21 ... the Razorbacks hold a 5-7 record against the Commodores in Fayetteville, Ark., however ... UA is 1-6 against VU under head coach Tom Collen ... the two programs first met during the 1992 season and most recently last season ... Vanderbilt enters on a one-game series win streak after defeating Arkansas 78-58 last season
QUOTING COACH COLLEN
"The team is pretty motivated right now," head coach Tom Collen said. "We all wish we had another win or two under our belts, but we still feel positive about our potential for the postseason. We feel like it is in our hands and we know first and foremost we need a win over Vanderbilt.
"Vanderbilt is a hard team to play. They are well-coached and very disciplined. They have two senior guards who might be the best guards in the history of their program. They are one of he better scoring teams in our league and it is hard to keep them down. Of course for us, we have to make shots and score a lot of points to get a win under our belt."
- Two players average double-digit scoring for Vanderbilt in SEC games, led by Christina Foggie at 19.1 ppg. Foggie ranks second in the SEC for scoring in conference only games.
- Jasmine Lister also averages double figures at 14.7 ppg, also leading the team in free-throw percentage (.921).
- Vanderbilt ranks second in the SEC for field goal percentage (.487) and averages league-leading 40.9 percent from three-point range. Averaging 74.6 ppg, VU ranks fifth in the league for scoring.
- Vanderbilt averages 76.4 percent shooting at the free-throw line, which leads the SEC.
- Jasmine Lister and Foggie each have 85+ assists this season, as Lister leads the team with 116 helpers while Foggie has 88 dimes this season. Vanderbilt ranks second in the SEC averaging 16.2 assists per game.
- Valuing the basketball has been a struggle for Vanderbilt this season, as the team holds a +0.8 turnover margin and a 0.9 assist/turnover ratio, both of which ranks them ninth out of 14 teams in the SEC.
- Morgan Batey leads the team in rebounding with 5.0 rbg and 125 total this SEC season.
- Batey also ranks second on the team with 34 steals this season, while teammate Foggie has recorded 35 takeaways of her own.
RANKING THE RAZORBACKS
- Second in the SEC and seventh in the NCAA in turnover margin (+6.76)
- First in the SEC in assist/turnover ratio (1.2)
- Fourth in the SEC in scoring margin (15.9 ppg)
- Second in the SEC for three-point field goals made (153), hitting an average of 6.12 treys per game
- Fourth in the SEC for three-point field goal percentage (.372), as five different Razorbacks are averaging at least .340 shooting from beyond the arc.
- Eighth in the SEC for field goal percentage (.425), as five different Razorbacks are averaging at least .415 shooting.
- The Razorbacks have finished with either the same amount or more asssists than turnovers in 13 games this season.
- Arkansas has shot better than 40 percent in 15 games this season after accomplishing the same feat just 13 times in 32 games last season. There are still five guaranteed games left this season for the Razorbacks.
- The Razorbacks have scored 70 or more points 11 times this season after doing so 14 times last season.
- Leads the SEC and is second in the NCAA in scoring defense, trailing only No. 1 UConn (47.7 ppg) by allowing opponents just 52.2 ppg.
- Third in the SEC in rebounding defense with a 34.4 mark and is also fourth in the SEC with a .679 defensive rebounding percentage.
- Third in the SEC in blocked shots averaging 4.6 rejections per game with a total of 116 swats this season.
- Fifth in the SEC in field-goal percentage defense allowing opponents an average of 36.4 percent shooting this season.
- Arkansas has held 17 of 25 opponents this season to more turnovers than field goals. The most recent occurence was limiting Alabama to just 18 field goals while forcing 25 turnovers.
- The Razorbacks have held a total of 11 opponents this season to season-low point totals, including most recently shutting down Florida and holding the Gators to a then season-low 49 points.
- Jessica Jackson is averaging 16.2 points per game and ranks fifth in the SEC. The highest-ranking freshman scorer in the conference, she is the only freshman among the top 20 scorers in the league and just one of three underclassmen in the top 15.
- Jackson has reached double digits in 23 of 25 games this season, including a run of 10 straight games earlier this season that surpassed last year's best stretch of nine straight.
- Jackson has scored 13+ points in 20 of 25 games this season, including 14 of the last 16 contests.
- Jackson is also one of the most efficient scorers in the SEC, ranked 11th for field-goal percentage (.431)
- Jackson ranks third in SEC only games averaging 17.7 ppg and also ranks 13th averaging 6.6 rpg.
- Jackson is a three-time SEC freshman of the week selection, earning her most recent honor in large part after scoring a career-best 31 points vs. Ole Miss.
- Jackson has recorded four double-doubles this season, most recently recording 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Auburn.
- As just a freshman, Jackson became the first Razorback to score 31+ points in a game since Dominque Washington scored 37 as a junior (2005-06). Just three Razorbacks have put up 31+ point performances dating back to the 2002-03 season (Jackson, Washington, Christon).
- Calli Berna leads the SEC with 175 assists, averaging a league-leading 7.0 helpers per game.
- Berna leads the SEC for assist/turnover ratio (3.0) and is tied for fifth in the conference for steals (2.1 spg).
- Arkansas is 11-0 in games when Berna dishes out eight or more assists.
CAREER STAT WATCH
- Berna has recorded 471 career assists and recently moved into fifth all-time at Arkansas, passing Tracy Webb (444, 1983-87).
- Keira Peak has scored 904 career points, which ranks 29th all-time at Arkansas. The team's lone senior, Peak needs 94 points to reach the career 1,000 point plateau. She surpassed the 500 rebound plateau this season and became the 23rd player to reach that milestone. Peak has 584 career rebounds and most recently moved to 18th in program history.
PARTY OF THREE
The freshman trio of Jessica Jackson, McKenzie Adams and Kelsey Brooks has scored in double figures six times this season. At least two of the three have reached double digits in six games. The group of true freshmen has combined to score 40-50 points six times; 30-40 points seven times; less than 30 points 12 times this season.
WE ARE YOUNG
This season's Razorbacks are a young bunch, including five true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen on the team's 12 player roster. Alabama has six freshmen on its roster, but also has one senior and three juniors returning. Mississippi State lists four freshmen as does Ole Miss, however, the Bulldogs also have eight juniors and seniors while the Rebels boast seven upperclassmen. Arkansas pairs its youngsters with just one senior, Peak, and two juniors in Berna and Jhasmin Bowen.
HOME SWEET HOME, BUD WALTON
Arkansas is 225-84 in 21 seasons at Bud Walton Arena, including a 12-6 mark last year and a 12-3 start this season. The Razorbacks have had 19 winning seasons at Bud Walton, including 14 seasons with double figure wins.
THREE OPPORTUNITIES LEFT TO JOIN US
Great game tickets are still available for the final three home games of the 2013-14 season. New this year, fans can choose their seat each game when they purchase a General Admission Season Ticket for $45. Reserved Season Tickets are $90 and Family Plans are available for $100. Included in the Family Plan is two adult and two youth general admission season tickets. Additional youth season tickets can be purchased for $20 each. Single game tickets are available at the door through the Razorback Ticket Center.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Razorback Ticket Center at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) or go online to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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