FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas head women’s basketball coach Tom Collen leads his team into battle for the second time in three days hosting Tennessee State Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas (4-0) is coming off a 27-point win over Middle Tennessee State (3-1) Sunday and welcomes the Tigers (2-2) in the fifth of five consecutive home games to start the season.
The short turn-around is something the Razorbacks have become accustom to in the non-conference portion of the schedule.
"It’s tough but we are getting into the training room and doing some things to help our legs recover," junior guard Lyndsay Harris said. "Mentally, we know the game plan and we are preparing as well for this game as we did for Middle Tennessee."
"This quick turn-around is becoming a habit," said Collen. "We are learning to deal with it but it is tough to get a day off. We are prepared as far as the scout goes but you really only get four, 10-minute segments in today’s practice to prepare."
Harris and junior class have been the team leaders through the first four games of the season. She and teammate C’eira Ricketts lead the team in scoring and have been the leaders on the floor during the games. Harris noted that the guard play was better in the team’s most recent game.
"We had a lot of balanced scoring," Harris said. "We handled their (MTSU) pressure and showed how good we can play. Coach always says ‘the next game is the hardest game’ and we prepare like it is the most important game of the season. We just have to continue to be focused and play with confidence."
The Razorbacks wrap up Tuesday’s game only to look ahead to four consecutive road games beginning at the UTEP Thanksgiving Tournament in El Paso, Texas, Friday and Saturday.
Arkansas opens with High Point at 8 p.m. and face either host UTEP or Idaho State on Saturday.
As for Tuesday’s game, Arkansas can expect more of the same pressure defense from the Tigers.
"Tennessee State brings a great effort to every game they have played," Collen said. "They can play man or zone defense. Our greatest challenge is to come back focused and ready to play."
Tickets for Tuesday’s game are available by contacting the Razorback Ticket Center or on-line at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.