FAYETTEVILLE — With just three home games remaining on the season, the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team (16-8, 3-8 SEC) returns to Bud Walton Arena and looks to protect home court against Alabama (11-12, 4-6 SEC) on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Its annual Play 4Kay Pink Game, the Razorbacks also encourage fans to participate by coming out and wearing pink to help raise breast cancer awareness. The Razorbacks will be sporting pink uniforms and shoes as they support the efforts to raise awareness about breast cancer and remember a legend in the women’s basketball world in Kay Yow.
Pink unis for @RazorbackWBB. Ready to #Play4Kay Thursday. #GoHOGS (cc: @uniformswag @UniWatch) pic.twitter.com/SL5S4HZ8m8
– RazorbackWBB (@RazorbackWBB) February 13, 2014
As part of the event, the first 500 fans will receive a free pink t-shirt at Thursday’s game. Some of the proceeds from the game will be donated to the Play 4Kay organization and fans are encouraged to participate as well.
– Arkansas leads the all-time series against Alabama with a 17-14 overall record, including a 9-5 mark in Fayetteville.
– The Razorbacks enter with a two-game winning streak in the series, including a 91-80 victory in triple overtime last season in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
– Arkansas is 7-2 against Alabama under head coach Tom Collen.
The 2014 Play 4Kay initiative is an opportunity for women’s basketball programs, its coaches and student-athletes to help raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2.8 million to support women’s cancer research.
Fans can log on to Play4Kay.org and make a donation on behalf of the Arkansas Razorbacks by selecting “Donate to Team” in the upper left corner of the website.This year, women’s college basketball celebrates the Play 4 Kay initiative from Feb. 7-17, culminating with ESPN’s Play 4 Kay coverage on Feb. 16-17.
– Three players average double figures paced by Shafontaye Myers with 14.6 ppg. Daisha Simmons averages 13.3 ppg and Ashley Wlliams contributes 11.6 ppg.
– Williams also leads the team in rebounds with 6.0 boards per game, while Simmons averages 5.0 rbg.
– Alabama has won three of its last five games, including wins at Kentucky, vs. Georgia and at Missouri. The Crimson tide lost at Florida and vs. Tennessee.
– South Carolina has averaged 65.1 ppg through 10 SEC games this season.
– The crimson Tide hold a rebounding margin of -2.0 so far this season. Five different players average at least 4.0 rebounds per game.
– Alabama has played in a number of close contests, while also losing 12 games, which has translated to a scoring margin of -3.9. Arkansas ranks fourth in the SEC with a scoring margin of +15.7.
– The Crimson Tide commit an average of 15.5 turnovers per game and also hold a -0.2 turnover margin.
– Arkansas leads the SEC in scorin defense, allowing opponents just 52.0 points per game this season.
– Arkansas ranks third in the SEC in blocked shots, averaging 4.5 rejections per game with a total of 108 swats this season.
– The Razorbacks have held 15 opponents this season to more turnovers than field goals.
– The Razorbacks have held 11 different opponents to season-low point totals, most recently limiting Florida to just 49 points. No opponent has finished above its scoring average against Arkansas.
– Arkansas ranks second in the SEC in turnover margin with a +6.6 mark and is first in the SEC in assist/turnover ratio at 1.2.
– Arkansas ranks second in the SEC for three-point field goals made (143), hitting an average of 6.2 treys per game.
– The Razorbacks have finished with more assists than turnovers in 12 games this season, including a season-high 29 assists and just 13 turnovers against Mississippi Valley State (12/29).
– Arkansas has shot better than 40 percent in 14 games this season. The Razorbacks did so 13 times in 32 games last season.
– Having played 11 SEC games, a total of seven have been decided by seven points or less for Arkansas. Five of those seven have been decided by four points or less.
About the Razorbacks:
– Jessica Jackson is averaging 16.3 points per game and ranks third in the SEC. The highest-ranking freshman scorer in the conference, Jackson is the only freshman in the top 20 scorers and just one of three underclassmen in the top 15.
– Jackson has reached double digits in 21 of 24 games this season. She had a season-best run ouf 10 straight games in double figures, which also surpassed last year’s best mark of nine straight.
– Calli Berna leads the SEC with 170 assists, averaging a league-leading 7.1 helpers per game.
– Berna leads the SEC for assist/turnover ratio (3.0) and also ranks sixth in the SEC for steals, averaging 2.1 takeaways per contest.
– Arkansas is 11-0 in games this season when Berna has dished out eight or more assists.
– Berna enters the game with 466 career assists and recently moved into fifth all-time in program history. She is on pace to set a new single-season assists record, the very same record she herself set just last season (208).
– Keira Peak has scored 901 career points, ranking her 29th all-time at Arkansas and just 99 points shy of the 1,000-point plateau.
– Peak also surpassed the 500 rebound milestone, becoming the 23rd player in program history to do so. Peak has 578 career rebounds and recently moved to 18th in program history.
Home Sweet Home, Bud Walton:
Arkansas is 225-84 in 21 seasons at Bud Walton Arena, including a 12-6 mark last year and a 12-3 start this season. The Razorbacks have had 19 winning seasons at Bud Walton, including 14 seasons with double figure wins.
Three Opportunities Left To Join us:
Great game tickets are still available for the final three home games of the 2013-14 season. New this year, fans can choose their seat each game when they purchase a General Admission Season Ticket for $45. Reserved Season Tickets are $90 and Family Plans are available for $100. Included in the Family Plan is two adult and two youth general admission season tickets. Additional youth season tickets can be purchased for $20 each. Single game tickets are available at the door through the Razorback Ticket Center.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Razorback Ticket Center at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) or go online to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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