FAYETTEVILLE – Tom Collen and the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team return to the court Sunday hosting Auburn in Southeastern Conference action in Bud Walton Arena. The game is scheduled for a 4:05 p.m. tip.
Arkansas (16-7, 4-7 SEC) is looking to halt a three-game losing streak and get back into the win column. Auburn (12-11, 6-5 SEC) is also coming off a three-game skid as they head to Bud Walton.
The Razorbacks had a bye this week and have been out of class for much of that time due to the weather.
"It’s been an interesting month," Collen said. "We have had so much time off of school. I know the team likes that because it’s fun but they can fade away mentally. I think we have really done a good job of focusing and concentrating at practice and we’re excited to get back into our routine."
"It’s been kinda crazy with the snow," said Arkansas junior Lyndsay Harris. "It has given us time to watch a lot of film and we watched the Auburn-LSU game Thursday. We have our legs rested and we are really focused on our game"
Harris enters the game as one of the team’s scoring leaders averaging 11.1 points per game this season. The Hoover, Ala., native needs just 15 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
"I was shocked to see how close I am," Harris said. "I wouldn’t be successful if I didn’t have the support of my coaches and teammates. The confidence they have in me, allows me to shoot without fear."
Junior C’eira Ricketts leads the team with 13.8 ppg followed by sophomore Sarah Watkins with 13.2 ppg this year.
The balanced attack of the three leading scorers will be countered by a pair of leaders for Auburn in Aly Smalley and Blanche Alverson who both average more than 11 ppg this season.
"We have to play really good match-up defense," said Harris. "We’ve been focusing on stopping their two best shooters."
"We are still in the process of growing and learning who we can be as a team," said Collen. "We still have some big games ahead of us and we feel like we control our own future."