JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The postseason has begun for the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team as the Razorbacks get ready to face Tennessee in the first round of the 2016 Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, Thursday.
The Razorbacks (12-17, 7-9 SEC) and Lady Vols (17-12, 8-8) meet in the seventh-seed/tenth-seed match up Thursday at 5 p.m. It is the third meeting between these teams this season after the Razorbacks won in Fayetteville and Tennessee picked up the win their home court in Knoxville.
Round Two of the SEC Tournament
Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 5 p.m.
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This is the first meeting between the Razorbacks and Lady Vols at the SEC Tournament in program history. Last season, the Razorbacks also received a bye in the first round and defeated Ole Miss in the second round in Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Arkansas fell in the next round to third-ranked and eventual SEC Tournament champion South Carolina.
This year, Arkansas managed one more regular season SEC win and has knocked off three ranked league teams including Tennessee.
Jessica Jackson earned All-SEC First Team honors Tuesday becoming just the fourth player in program history named to the first team. She leads Arkansas with 16.6 points per game and scored a team-best 43 points in the two regular season games against Tennessee. Jackson has been good in her three SEC Tournament career games averaging 38.3 minutes per game, 18.7 ppg and she has gone 15-for-16 from the line.
Senior Melissa Wolff and juniors Kelsey Brooks and Khadijah West have also played in the SEC Tournament. Brooks averaged 7.3 ppg, West had six rebounds in one game and Wolff checks in averaging 6.0 ppg and 2.8 rpg.
Arkansas got the 64-59 win over No. 13 Tennessee in the first meeting this year. Jackson scored 25 points with 11 from sophomore Devin Cosper and 10 from freshman Jordan Danberry. Arkansas out-shot and out-rebounded Tennessee in the win. The roles were reversed in the second meeting with the Lady Vols winning the shooting and rebounding contests. Tennessee had four players in double figures, compared to just two in the first game. Jackson paced Arkansas with 18 points and Cosper added 17 for the Razorbacks in the loss.
Both teams are coming off wins in the regular season finale with Arkansas defeating Ole Miss and Tennessee downing Georgia in a big win on Senior Day.
The winner of the Arkansas/Tennessee contest moves on to face No. 2 seed Texas A&M (21-8, 11-5 SEC) at 5 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinal round. The SEC Network will carry that game as well.
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