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Razorback women host Carolina Thursday

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorback women host Carolina Thursday

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University of Arkansas senior Ashley Daniels and the Razorback women’s basketball team return to the court after a week hiatus hosting No. 24 South Carolina in Southeastern Conference action Thursday at Bud Walton Arena. Daniels has paced the Razorbacks to a 17-5 season and a 6-4 mark in the conference that includes a program-best six game SEC winning streak. They host a very solid Gamecock team that comes in 18-5 overall and 7-3 in the league. Daniels, a Coldwater, Miss., native, has posted six consecutive double-digit scoring games to lead Arkansas. But Daniels isn’t thinking about herself during this season, her focus has been the team. “Our week has gone well,” she said. “We have focused our practices on ourselves and what we need to do to get better earlier this week. Now we are putting in our scout information about South Carolina and are keying in on them. The steak is just wins and is behind us. We are focusing on what’s ahead and that is South Carolina.” The Razorbacks find themselves tied for fifth overall in the SEC standing with six conference games remaining. Arkansas has to travel to South Carolina for the final regular season game of the year Feb. 26. “This is a big game for us,” head coach Tom Collen said. “The team is excited. We’re rolling and want to do everything we can to keep that momentum going. “South Carolina is good defensively — they are not a big team but they are very physical and pressure the ball well. They have very veteran guards who make a lot of good decisions and take care of the ball well.” Although Carolina has a lot of strengths, the Razorbacks match up well against the Gamecocks. Arkansas’ defense continues to rank among the SEC and NCAA leaders with the Razorbacks again first in the league in defensive rebound percentage and steals. Razorback senior C’eira Ricketts is on the verge of overtaking one of the oldest records in program history needing just four steals to pass Tracy Webb (83-87) who had 293 career thefts. Ricketts, along with senior Lyndsay Harris, junior Sarah Watkins and Daniels rank among the season and career leaders in nearly every statistical category for the Razorbacks. “Our defense is key,” Collen said. “I have always felt like we have been solid defensively. They thing that ignites us is a big steal and score or a defensive stop. We have to use the defense to our advantage.” Arkansas travels to Auburn Feb. 12, before returning home hosting LSU Feb. 16 and Mississippi State Feb. 19.



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