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Razorback women host ORU Saturday

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorback women host ORU Saturday

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas women’s basketball team continues non-conference action hosting Oral Roberts Saturday at 7 p.m. Arkansas (7-1) is having a pretty good season defensively but has struggled getting baskets to fall this year. The Razorbacks are shooting 37.4 percent from the floor, 31.4 percent from three-point range and 57.4 percent from the line. Arkansas averages 60.4 points per game this year. ORU counters shooting 45.5 percent from the floor, 32.1 from three-point range and 76.2 from the line but the Golden Eagles average 80.4 ppg this season. “Oral Roberts is a hard team to guard,” head coach Tom Collen said. “The run the dribble-drive offense and they have a lot of players who can shoot. It’s imperative that we play help defense. We have to get them stopped in transition. They come right at you and this game will be a challenge for us.” Arkansas is paced offensively and emotionally by senior C’eira Ricketts. Ricketts averages 12.0 points per game this year and is the spark on both sides of the ball. Fellow seniors Lyndsay Harris and Ashley Daniels along with junior Sarah Watkins also play big roles for what is a very balanced team this year. Harris is coming off the bench for Arkansas and her three-pointers fire up the crowd and her teammates. Although her scoring numbers are down, she credits the defense for getting the team going. “Our defense is helping us with our confidence,” Harris said. “We know that we are not shooting the ball well right now but we are not worrying about that — we want to be better, of course, but we are just trying to let that part of the game come to us. Our defense is keeping us in the game. “We believe they (ORU) will play a lot of zone against us,” Harris added. “We have to knock down our open shots when we get them and not get discouraged if we don’t.” The Razorback defense gets a boost from sophomores Dominique Robinson and Keira Peak. Their athleticism has helped force 146 opponent turnovers this year. “We are starting to see signs of improvement offensively,” Collen said. “We are a little quick-triggers and taking shots quickly in the shot clock but I believe we have the players to make those shots. “Our defense has been very solid from the beginning to the end,” head added. Dominique and Keira wear down the other teams’ point guards. We have gotten great individual efforts that had led to great team defense.” The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip Saturday in Bud Walton Arena. The contest is the final game before the Razorbacks begin final exams. Arkansas returns to the court Dec. 19, hosting Morgan State.



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