FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Southeastern Conference action continues at Bud Walton Arena as the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team welcomes No. 11 Tennessee on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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The Razorbacks improved to 12-11 overall and 3-7 in the SEC after getting a road win at Alabama on Sunday. Junior Malica Monk leads the team averaging 16.0 points per game followed by graduate student Devin Cosper with 15.0 ppg. Sophomore Jailyn Mason also averages double figures with 10.3 ppg.
Junior Bailey Zimmerman played well at Alabama scoring 11 points. Zimmerman went 3-for-3 from the free throw line and had one assist, one steal and one block. She continues to defend well and has become a player opponents have to account for on the floor. Sophomore Kiara Williams added 10 points in Arkansas’ most recent win. She leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game.
Arkansas ranks third in the SEC for fewest turnovers, fewest turnovers per game, and 3-point field goals per game. They are second in the league in 3-point field goal attempts this week
The Lady Vols (19-4, 7-3 SEC) enter the game with three players averaging in double figures paced by Jaime Nared at 17.5 ppg. Mercedes Russell checks in with 16.8 ppg followed by Rennia Davis with 10.9 ppg. Russell, 8.7 rpg, and Nared, 8.2 rpg, are the team’s leading rebounders. Nared earned SEC Player of the Week honors on Monday and teammate Anastasia Hayes is this week’s SEC Freshman of the Week.
Tennessee is not a good team to foul. The Lady Vols lead the nation in free throws made and attempted this year. They are also strong on the boards and have an advantage over the Razorbacks with eight of 10 players listed at 6-0 or taller.
There are just six regular season games remaining for the Razorbacks. Arkansas follows up No. 11 Tennessee welcoming No. 15 Missouri on Feb. 11. The Razorbacks have another rematch, this time at Kentucky, on Feb. 15 followed by home games with LSU, who is getting votes in the national poll, and No. 14 Texas A&M. The regular season concludes with a trip to Vanderbilt on Feb. 25.
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