FAYETTEVILLE - Fresh off a win on Wednesday, the University of Arkansas women's basketball team returns to the court on Friday night riding a seven-game winning streak. The Razorbacks will square off against the Northwestern State Demons at 7 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas is 10-1 and on the verge on entering the top 25. The Razorbacks have just a short time to prepare following a convincing 99-42 win over Mississippi Valley State.
"It's a pretty quick turnaround for us," Arkansas head coach Tom Collen
said. "At this time of year, you need to bring the right mindset and the right work ethic. That's the only way we'll get better."
Senior Sarah Watkins
recorded her 500th career rebound in Wednesday's game, the 21st Razorback to reach that plateau. She became just the 17th player in program history to score at least 1,000 career points and record 500 rebounds.
"She has had a great career," Collen said. "She needs to have her best season ever for us to get back into the NCAA tournament and she's responded well so far."
Senior Quistelle Williams
had a career game on Wednesday, scoring a career high 18 points in the win over the Deviletts. She averages 10.7 points per game, and is one of three Razorbacks averaging double digit scoring. Keira Peak
leads the squad with 14.5 points per game, and Watkins is posting 12.6 points per game. Peak also leads the team in rebounding with 6.7 boards per game, with Williams just behind her at 6.2.
Arkansas has been helped by deep bench this season, including key contributions from three freshmen to spread out the playing time. Eleven players played at least 15 minutes against MVSU, with the Razorbacks recording 26 bench points including a season high nine points from Dominique Robinson
. The deep bench was key in creating offense, leading to a season high 99 points scored for UA.
Northwestern State comes into Friday's game at 4-4 on the year and enters on a three-game losing streak. The Demons leading scorer is Jasmine Upchurch with 11.1 points per game, followed closely by Janelle Perez with 10.5 points per game. Jasmine Bradley is the team's leading rebounder at 6.1 rebounds per game. Arkansas is 9-3 in the all-time series and has won the last six contests.
Following Friday's game the Razorbacks have a week off from competition for the holiday break. They return to Bud Walton Arena on Dec. 28 against Coppin State in the final non-conference game before SEC play.