FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 25 University of Arkansas women’s basketball team rides the high of a top 10 win into Southeastern Conference action at Mississippi State Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Razorbacks (13-1, 1-1 SEC) handed No. 10 Kentucky its first conference loss Thursday, 78-67. They face a Bulldog team (8-5, 0-1 SEC) who suffered a league-opening loss at Vanderbilt Thursday. The game will be televised by FSN with Dave Baker and Carol Ross calling the game.
"We tell our players you gotta take one game at a time and when it comes to the SEC, we have always told them that any team can beat you," Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. "You have to come in prepared and ready to play.
"Mississippi State is going to be a challenge for us because it’s a road game," Collen continued. "Arkansas has not won in Starkville very often. They are coming off a road loss in the SEC and they will come out ready to play."
Arkansas has been balanced all season and there is no better example than the four players who were in double figures for the Razorbacks against Kentucky. Junior C’eira Ricketts paced Arkansas with 19 points. She averages 12.9 ppg this year.
Junior Lyndsay Harris added 18 points in the win. Harris leads the team with 13.6 ppg. Sophomore Sarah Watkins turned in a 14-point effort and averages 12.4 ppg. Freshman Keira Peak scored 10 against the Wildcats. She averages 9.6 ppg.
"This team has grown up a great deal (from last year)," Collen said. "If they had any doubts in their mind, they know what they are capable of now."
Mississippi State ranks among the conference leaders defensively in the early going of the season. The Bulldogs are second in the SEC in scoring defense, allowing just 54.7 ppg. They allow opponents to shoot just 34 percent which leads the league and the Bulldogs are second allowing just under 28 percent from the three-point line.
"Mississippi State is on top of the SEC for defense," Collen said. "We have to find ways to score against them. They are a predominately a man-to-man team but they will throw in some zone. We have to go down there and play with confidence and be assertive. I think we know who we are and just keep taking it one game at a time."
The Razorbacks follow up the Mississippi State game with a home contest against Georgia, Jan. 13, in a game that is televised by CSS. Back-to-back road games follow at Alabama and Vanderbilt.