FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of Arkansas women's basketball team hosts a big matchup at Bud Walton Arena on Sunday, facing the No. 11/10 Tennessee Lady Volunteers at 1 p.m. The Razorbacks are 17-8, and 5-7 in the SEC and they will meet the Lady Vols (20-5, 11-1 SEC) for the first time this season. Tickets are just $5.
Last time out, the Razorbacks fell at Georgia 66-34. The win snapped a two game winning streak. They will try and rebound in their first matchup against Tennessee since a historic 73-72 overtime victory in Knoxville, Tenn. last year. This is the first time the Razorbacks will face a Lady Vols squad led by first-year head coach Holly Warlick.
"We have to let the Georgia game go and move on," Arkansas head coach Tom Collen
said. "Even when you get knocked down, you have the chance in this league to play another ranked team. It's tough to bounce back against such a great team, but it's a great opportunity."
Arkansas is led by Sarah Watkins
(13.1 points per game). Quistelle Williams
leads the team in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and recorded the 500th rebound of her career against Georgia. Arkansas has also gotten strong play from an underclassmen backcourt duo of sophomore Calli Berna
and freshman Dominique Wilson
. They will be key in a tough home battle against the Lady Volunteers.
"We just have to look at it as another opportunity to advance in the SEC rankings," Watkins explained. "It's a chance to play another top-25 team on our home court and hopefully come out with a win."
The Lady Vols enter the game on a four game winning streak, but three of their five loses have come on the road. They have four players averaging in double figure scoring, led by Meighan Simmons, who is the leading scorer in the SEC with 17.8 points per game. Additionally, Bashaara Graves averages 14.5 points per game and is second in the SEC with 3.9 offensive rebounds per game. Tennessee leads the SEC in scoring offense (79.3 points per game) and defensive rebounds (29.0 per game).
"Our team realizes from last year that we can beat Tennessee," Collen said. "Hopefully we're excited for the chance to beat them on our home floor. It's a big thing, especially for our seniors, to play them. It means something to them because it's pretty significant to take a shot at a team like that."