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Welcome back to the 2010-11 women’s basketball blog. Arkansas is into the Southeastern Conference schedule after an impressive run through the non-conference season. Here are a couple of notes about what’s been going on.
HITTING THE ROADThe Razorbacks (15-4, 3-4 SEC) are in the midst of an every-other-one in terms of home and road games. Arkansas is on the road every Thursday for SEC games for the remaining of the conference schedule and is at home for all Sunday league games. The Razorbacks host five of its last nine games before the SEC Tournament.
THE RECORDArkansas has 15 wins overall and three SEC wins this year with 10 regular season and at least one SEC Tournament game remaining. The Razorbacks’ best record under current head coach Tom Collen was an 18-14 mark and a 6-8 league record both in 208-09 (his second season).
The most wins in a single season was 28 set in the 1990-91 season, Arkansas last year in the SWC. The Razorbacks were 15-1 and won the SWC title as well. Arkansas has had seven SEC wins four times, most recently in the 2002-03 season when they were 7-7.
WATKINS GETS 21Sophomore Sarah Watkins dropped in 21 points against Ole Miss Sunday. It is the second time this season she has scored 21 and is just one shy of her career best.
RICKETTS CARRIES THE LOADJunior C’eira Ricketts scored a career-best 29 points and had a career-high four three pointers at Vanderbilt. The Louisville, Ky., native bettered her previous best of 22 against No. 10 Tennessee in 2009. Ricketts was 11-for-21 from the field including 4-for-7 from behind the arc. She was 3-for-4 from the line and had three rebounds, three assists and a steal in the game.
HOT-HANDED HARRISJunior Lyndsay Harris hit six treys in the second half against Georgia tying a school record held by Wendi Willits – at Georgia – in 1999. Harris finished with eight in the game – one shy of the school record.
HARRIS CONTINUEDJunior Lyndsay Harris scored 26 points against Georgia tying her career-best point total. Harris had six threes in the second half including three in a row leading Arkansas on a 9-0 run over Georgia.
RAZORBACKS DOWN RANKED OPPONENTSArkansas has wins over No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 10 Kentucky this year. It is the first time under head coach Tom Collen the Razorbacks have multiple victories over ranked teams. The wins are just the second and third wins over ranked opponents in Collens’ tenure at Arkansas as the head coach (No. 15 Florida, 2-19-09, 83-74).
The last time the Razorbacks defeated at least two ranked teams in the same year was the 2005-06 season. Arkansas got a 52-51 overtime win over No. 20 Vanderbilt and defeated No. 24 Florida, 69-63.
THE STREAKThe Razorbacks opened the season 12-0 under head coach Tom Collen but the streak ended with a loss at Florida to start SEC play. The run was the second time in Collen’s four years at Arkansas that the Razorbacks have started with at least 12 wins. Arkansas opened 15-0 in 2007-08, Collen’s first year. The 12-0 start is the second-best in program history.
BLOCK PARTYArkansas is blocking shots well this year. Led by sophomore sensation Sarah Watkins, Arkansas has out-blocked opponents 80-54 this year. Arkansas posted a season-best 11 blocked shots against No. 10 Kentucky Thursday with Watkins getting a career-best six blocks in the game. Both numbers (11 and 6) are one shy of the Arkansas team and individual record in an SEC game. Watkins is well on her way to eclipsing her block total from a year ago. She posted 40 blocks in her freshman season and enters the LSU game with 33 this year. Her six blocks against No. 10 Kentucky is a sophomore class single game record. The sophomore season record is 53 held by Shameka Christon.
WELCOME TO THE POLLArkansas broke into both the Associated Press and USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Polls in Week 6. The Razorbacks checked in at No. 25 in both polls. Arkansas’ return to the AP Poll is the programs first since the 2007-08 season. That year, Collen guided the Razorbacks to a 15-0 start, the best start in Arkansas history. The Razorbacks jumped into the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Poll on Christmas day and moved into the AP Poll at No. 25 in week nine just before the start of SEC play. Arkansas remained in the poll moving up to No. 20 the following week but a pair of losses at No. 11 LSU and at Ole Miss saw the Razorbacks slip from the rankings.
The highest Arkansas has been ranked under current head coach Tom Collen is No. 20 during his first season (2007-08).
The highest Arkansas has ever been ranked is No. 7 during the 1995-96 season. The Razorbacks were No. 7 when they faced Southwest Missouri State Dec. 10, 1995. They have been ranked as high as eighth several times.
ARKANSAS IN JANUARYThe Razorbacks are 161-130 (.553) all-time in the month of January.
Also in January-ON EPIPHANY (Jan. 6) — The Razorbacks are 6-5 all-time on Epiphany including the win over Kentucky. Epiphany is defined by Wikipedia as "a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ."
ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY (Traditionally Jan. 15) – Arkansas is 3-2. The Razorbacks didn’t play Jan. 15, this year.
ON AUSTRALIA DAY (Jan. 26) – Arkansas is 5-4. The Razorbacks don’t play Jan. 26, but senior Skye Rees is from Australia.
ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY (varies) – Arkansas is IV-X. This year, the Super Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 6. Arkansas hosts South Carolina in a game televised by ESPNU from Bud Walton Arena.
THREE IN DOUBLE-FIGURESThis week, Arkansas has three players averaging in double figures. Junior C’eira Ricketts vaulted to the top of the leaderboard with 29 points at Vanderbilt. Ricketts leads the team with 13.6 ppg this year. Sophomore Sarah Watkins is second with 13.3 ppg followed by Junior Lyndsay Harris in third with 12.8 ppg.