ABOUT ARKANSAS The Razorback women’s basketball team won its fifth Southeastern Conference game in a row with a double overtime win over Florida, 73-72, in Bud Walton Arena Sunday. Arkansas had five players in double figures in the win and it was the first double overtime game since 2006-07. The last time Arkansas won five SEC games in a row was 2008-09. The Razorbacks are in the midst of three home games in a row, hosting Alabama on Thursday at 7 p.m.
FIVE IN A ROW The Razorbacks have won five consecutive SEC games this year. The last time that happened was in 2008-09 when Arkansas had a five-game run near the end of the regular season winning at Georgia (77-64), versus South Carolina (58-54), Ole Miss (70-50) at No. 15 Florida (83-74) and against Alabama (74-69).
BEST FINISH With the wins this week, Arkansas moved into a tie for fourth place in the SEC. The Razorbacks’ best ever finish in the SEC is a tie for fourth place with a 7-4 record in the 1994-95 season – Gary Blair’s second year as the head coach. Arkansas was 23-7 overall that year and tied with both Florida and Alabama with the 7-4 SEC record. The Razorbacks advanced to the NCAA Tournament sub-regionals defeating San Francisco and losing at Washington that season. Arkansas was ranked No. 15 heading into the final week of play.
DANIELS IS PLAYING WELL Senior Ashley Daniels has been key in the Razorbacks’ recent wins. Although Daniels did not lead Arkansas in scoring for the week (Sarah Watkins and C’eira Ricketts had 26 points in the two games) she had a steal and assist in the second period against Florida to send the game into overtime. Daniels then hit the go-ahead shot in the second overtime giving Arkansas a 73-72 lead with seven seconds. It would prove to be the game-winner. Daniels’ double-double at Miss State was her first of the year and just the second for a Razorback this year and she has posted five consecutive games in double digits.
FREE SHOT Ashley Daniels started the SEC season a perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line in the first six games. She hit the first free throw at LSU before missing her first bonus shot in conference play. Daniels enters the Alabama game 21-for-24 from the line.
COLLEN GETS 300 Arkansas head coach Tom Collen earned his 300th win with the 20-point victory at LSU. Collen is now 85-62 record at Arkansas, was 88-37 at Louisville and 129-33 at Colorado State. At Colorado State 129-33 at Louisville 88-37 at Arkansas 85-62 (including this year) 14 Seasons 302-132
ABOUT ALABAMA The Crimson Tide enter the week with a 10-12 overall record and an 0-8 mark in SEC play. Jasmine Robinson lead the team with 11.4 ppg and Erin Hogue leads the team with 6.0 rpg this year. Despite the record, Bama is still posting some good numbers. They average 61.8 ppg as a team and almost 40 rebounds a game. They have a +3.0 turnover margin and 9.1 steals per game. Alabama has also been good in Fayetteville winning the last two games in Bud Walton.
SENIORS AGAINST ALABAMA This year’s senior class is 3-2 against Alabama in three seasons. Arkansas has lost two of those games in Fayetteville. Senior C’eira Ricketts has scored 76 points (15.2 ppg) and has 29 rebounds (5.8 rpg) all-time against the Crimson Tide. Lyndsay Harris has 56 points (11.2 ppg) and 18 (3.6) rebounds, while Ashley Daniels has 25 points (5.0 ppg) and 31 (6.2 rpg) rebounds in five games. Jamesha Townsend had played in four of the games with six points and five boards and Julie Inman has four minutes against the Tide. Junior Sarah Watkins has scored 36 points (9.0 ppg)in four games and has 14 (3.5 rpg) rebounds. Quistelle Williams, and Keira Peak have also played against Bama.
CAREER RECORDS Several players are moving up on the career lists. Here’s a few to keep an eye on. C’eria Ricketts has 1,351 career points ranking 11th, Lyndsay Harris has 1,220 ranking 16th. Ashley Daniels has 635 career rebounds ranking 14th and Ricketts has 579 ranking 16th. Ricketts has 433 assists ranking fifth while Harris has 245 ranking tied for 17th. Ricketts has 1,322 field goal attempts ranking fourth. Harris has 254 three-pointers ranking fourth, 778 three-point attempts ranking third and is shooting .326 from three-point range ranking 10th. Ricketts has 288 steals ranking second (293 is the record). Sarah Watkins has 146 blocks ranking fourth.