ABOUT ARKANSAS The University of Arkansas had a 3â€1 week behind an 82â€point effort from junior Keira Peak. Peak scored 12 points at ORU, had a careerâ€best 30 against No. 13 Oklahoma, 16 against Hawai’i and finished the week with a doubleâ€double with 24 points and 10 rebounds against Oregon. Sarah Watkins also played well with 50 points including 25 against Hawai’i in a road game. Arkansas went 4â€1 in its fiveâ€game road stretch and now returns home hosting six of its next seven games.
KEIRA PEAK NAMED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Peak’s 12 points at Oral Roberts was her second consecutive game with double digit points. – Against No. 13 Oklahoma, Peak had careerâ€best points (30), FGM (12), FGA (19), 3PT (4) 3PTA (8) and one shy of career-best steals (3). – Her 30 points was the first time since 2006 that a Razorback scored 30+ points. – Had fourth consecutive game in double digits at Hawai’i with a win over the host team in nonâ€conference tournament play. – Peak made six threes all of last year and has 12 this year. – The 24 points against Oregon was her fifth consecutive game in double figures. – Peak scored 82 points in four games this week with one double-double, one game of 30 points and led Arkansas to a 3â€1 week. – She was named MVP of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown. – She averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.8 steals on the week.
ABOUT SARAH WATKINS Sarah Watkins slipped over the 1,000 point career scoring plateau Saturday with a 25-point effort in a win at Hawai’i in Honolulu. Watkins, a Germantown, Tenn., native, begin the 2012-13 season with 962 points. She has scored 54 points in the first five games moving to 1,018 in 102 career games. She enters the TSU game with 1032 points in 103 games. Watkins became the 27th player in program history to score at least 1,000 career points for the Razorbacks. As a freshman, Watkins scored 176 points. She upped that to 458 points as a sophomore and had 330 last year as a junior. In addition to scoring, Watkins is a solid rebounder. She has 472 career boards and would be the 26th player to go over the 500 career rebounding mark. Should Watkins reach both milestones, she will be the 17th player in program history to go over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
WATKINS CAN BLOCK SHOTS Watkins is also pretty good at blocking shots. She currently ranks second in program history with 163 career blocks. Delmonica DeHorney (87-91) holds the school record with 235 career blocked shots.
ABOUT JHASMIN BOWEN Sophomore Jhasmin Bowen is ignoring the sophomore slump and is out to a great start in her second season. Bowen has three games with double figure scoring including two double-doubles this year. Bowen posted a career-best 14 points in the opener against Jackson State and matched that with 14 again Oregon in Hawai’i. Bowen has recorded 10 rebounds twice and has started the last two games this year.
TO START OR NOT TO START Senior Sarah Watkins has been the starter at the post for much of her career at Arkansas. This season, however, Watkins has found herself with limited minutes due to foul trouble. She has fouled out twice and had two other games with four fouls this year. As a result, Collen did not start Watkins against Hawai’i or Oregon and the senior answered with a career-best tying 25 points against the Rainbow Wahine and 14 in the win over Oregon.
SI CURSE Starting at the five is like the Sports Illustrated curse. Sarah Watkins was in foul trouble and handed the starting baton to Jhasmine Bowen against Hawai’i and Bowen fouled out of the game with seven points and five boards. Bowen settled in with 14 points in 22 minutes against Oregon.
SO…WHO SHOULD I GUARD? As the season started, Calli Berna and Sarah Watkins were the players with targets on their backs. Berna stepped up with career numbers in the opener and Watkins was in double figures at Tulsa. Williams has been good in both games and Keira Peak and Kelsey Hatcher were unexpected scorers at Tulsa. Jhasmin Bowen, who had limited minutes as a freshman, had a double-double against Jackson State and has started the last two games. Tom Collen has said Arkansas has to find its identity and right now, opponents won’t know who will step up next.
ARKANSAS RANKS THIRD IN TO The Razorbacks begin the week ranked third in the nation in turnovers per game. Arkansas averaging 11.7 turnovers per game through the six contests. The Razorbacks trail Stanford (10.5) and Drexel (11.2) in this area.
GOOD IN ASSIST TURNOVER RATIO TOO As a result of low turnovers, Arkansas ranks fourth in the country in assist turnover ratio this week with a 1.43 mark. This figure is calculated by dividing a teams assists (100) by it’s turnovers (70).
ARKANSAS AGAINST THE WORLD The Razorbacks currently rank 15th in turnover margin and 17th in the nation in scoring offense averaging 78.8 ppg this year. Arkansas is 31st in the country in thee-point field goals per game with 7.5 and 35th in win-loss percentage at 5-1.
ARKANSAS INDIVIDUALS IN THE NCAA STATS Keira Peak ranks 86th in points per game (17.7), 64th in field goal percentage (55.1), 12th in three-point percentage (67.1), 134th in three-point field goals per game (2.0) and 68th in assist turnover ratio (2.0). Quistelle Williams ranks 224th in rebounds per game (7.5). Calli Berna ranks 44th for assists per game (5.3), 205th for steals per game (2.33), 231st for free throw percentage (75.0), 188th for three-point field goals per game (1.83) and 55th for assists turnover ratio (2.13).
PEAK LEADS THE SEC Junior Keira Peak leads the SEC this week in scoring. The Clyatteville, Ga., native averages 17.7 points per game. Peak has scored a league-best 106 points — 38 field goals, 12 threes and 18 free throws — in the first six games. Peak ranks fourth in the SEC in field goal percentage hitting 55.1 percent of her shots. Peak also ranks first in the SEC in three point field goal percentage. She leads the SEC hitting 57.1 percent on 12-21 from beyond the arc. She is seventh in three’s made.
BERNA HELPS OUT Sophomore Calli Berna ranks tied for first in the SEC in assists to start the week. The Fayetteville, Ark., native averages 5.3 assists per game with 32 through the first six games. Berna ranks fourth in the SEC for minutes played this week. She is averaging 33.5 minutes per game with 201 in six games.
FREE SHOTS GOOD FOR ARKANSAS The Razorbacks rank fourth as a team in free throw percentage hitting 68.5 percent of its bonus shots. Arkansas is 76-111 on the season and trails Mississippi State (77.4) who leads the SEC. Tennessee is second and Auburn third.
FOURTH AGAIN Arkansas is also fourth in the SEC in field goal percentage. The Razorbacks are hitting 43.2 percent from the floor on 176-407 shooting. Tennessee leads the league with a 46.8 mark.
GOOD FROM DISTANCE Arkansas ranks second in the SEC in three point field goal percentage and third in three point defense. The Razorbacks have made 45 threes in six games averaging 33.8 percent from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Arkansas has limited it’s opponents to 23 three pointers for 23.2 percent. The Razorbacks also rank second in the SEC with 7.5 three pointers made per game this week.
GIVE ME A HAND Arkansas ranks fourth in the SEC in assists with 100 in six games for a 16.7 assist per game average. Georgia leads the SEC with 16.9 apg followed by Auburn and Tennessee. Five SEC teams average more than 16 assists per game this year.
ON TOP Arkansas leads the SEC in assist/turnover ratio this week. The Razorbacks check in with a 1.4 a/t ratio with 100 assists and 70 turnovers. The Razorbacks also rank fourth in the SEC in turnover margin.
ABOUT TEXAS SOUTHERN TSU is 1-4 on the year. They opened with three consecutive losses to Southern Methodist, McNeese State and Texas-El Paso before the recent win over Norfolk State. They also have a loss to Arizona in their last game. TSU is shooting 37.8 from the floor, 30 percent from the three and 63.2 from the line TSU struggles with turnovers averaging 23.2 tpg in the first four contests. TSU has some depth with eight players seeing the court in the first five games this year. Arkansas is 4-1 all-time against Texas Southern and has won the last four meetings
LUNCH WITH TOM COLLEN Fans are invited to join Razorback head coach Tom Collen for monthly luncheons at the Clarion Inn in Fayetteville again this year. The 2012-13 season marks the eighth year the event has taken place at the Clarion and it is believed to be the 19th year that head coaches and student-athletes have taken part in mid-day events. The price for this year’s luncheon is $12 and the dates are Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11 and March 11. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Contact the Razorback marketing office for more information.
THE FRIENDLY CONFINES OF BUD WALTON ARENA Arkansas enters the 2012-13 season with a 202-76 record in 20 seasons in Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas has had 18 winning seasons at Bud including 13 seasons with double figure wins. Arkansas has had 14 wins in a single season at Bud twice including the team’s 14-2 mark last year. The Razorbacks set a record with a 15-4 mark in Bud Walton in the 1998-99 season.
RAZORBACKS ON TV The Razorbacks have seven regular season games scheduled for television this season. Arkansas hosts Kansas, Dec. 6 and Missouri Feb. 17 in games that air on COX in a regional market. The Razorbacks have three scheduled appearances on the FOX Sports Network, first Jan. 6 against Texas A&M, then at Mississippi State Feb. 3, and finally at Georgia Feb. 21. Arkansas moves to the SEC Network Feb. 24, hosting Tennessee and finally appears on Sun Sports Feb. 28 at Florida. All of the SEC Tournament games will also be televised.
100 RAZORBACK WINS Head coach Tom Collen is entering his sixth season as the Razorbacks’ head coach and has a 95-66 record in his first five years. When Collen reaches his 100th win at Arkansas he will become the third coach in program history to do so joining Gary Blair (198-120, 10 years) and John Sutherland (174-88, 9 years). He is 1-0 this season for a 94-66 record. WATKINS PICKED BY COACHES; ARKANSAS NINTH University of Arkansas senior Sarah Watkins earned a first-team nod and the Razorbacks were selected ninth in the Southeastern Conference Coaches Preseason Poll. Watkins, who was a preseason second-team pick by the league’s media, was a second-team honoree last year for the Razorbacks. As a team, the Razorbacks returned to the NCAA Tournament last year, reaching the postseason for the third time in five seasons under Collen. Arkansas set program records for most SEC wins, most consecutive SEC wins and for the team’s finish, a tie for fourth last year.
ABOUT LAST YEAR The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team is coming off its most successful season under head coach Tom Collen. In fact, they are coming off one of the most successful years since joining the Southeastern Conference. Eight consecutive SEC wins, a program-best tie for fourth place in the standings, two rounds deep into the SEC Tournament matched by a second round appearance at the NCAA Tournament are just a few of highlights.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE Arkansas’ schedule will challenge them early and often, long before the start of the always tough SEC schedule. The Razorbacks face 11 teams who participated in the postseason a year ago and opens with five of the first six games on the road. “We have a pretty challenging schedule in the preseason for such an inexperienced team so it would help to get off to a good start,” Collen said. “Our games early at Tulsa and ORU will be good tests. We will need to play like a veteran team to win on the road. It’s an extended road trip to play in Hawai’i against national power Oklahoma then PAC-12 member Oregon. Throw in a game at host Hawai’i and it’s a tough start to the season. Our toughest challenge may be Sweet Sixteen participant Kansas at home. If we can survive all that with our confidence in tact, we might be ready for the SEC.” The SEC is always tough and this year the Razorbacks welcome Missouri and Texas A&M to the family. Although the schedule remains at 16 games, the road to one of the top spots in the conference definitely got tougher.
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