FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – It’s raining 3’s might be the headline after Thursday’s Southeastern Conference women’s basketball contest between the University of Arkansas and the University of Florida.
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The Gators (8-10, 0-5 SEC) lead the league in 3-point shooting with Arkansas (11-7, 2-3 SEC) second in shooting from distance. Thursday’s 6 p.m. tip should be a fast-paced match-up. The game airs live on the SEC Network.
The Razorbacks are coming off a road win at Auburn and rank second in the SEC averaging 7.8 made 3-point field goals per game. Arkansas is also second with made 3-pointers with 141.
Arkansas saw back-to-back season-best nights from junior Bailey Zimmerman at Georgia and at Auburn. Zimmerman hit six 3-point field goals in those games, shooting 46% from beyond the arc. She added a career-best eight rebounds against the Tigers and was key as a defensive stopper in the game. Kiara Williams also stepped up with her third double-double last week with a career-best 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Razorbacks are in the midst of a tough road SEC schedule. They played back-to-back games on the road at Georgia and Auburn, host Florida, and return to the road traveling to No. 11 Missouri on Sunday and No. 10 South Carolina on Thursday.
The Gators are also in a transition season welcoming a new head coach this year. Cameron Newbauer leads Florida after four seasons as Belmont’s head coach. Although they are 0-5 in the SEC, Florida’s last four games have been decided by single digits and the Gators have held leads late in the contests.
Five Gators average double figures led by Funa Nakkasoglu at 14.9 ppg. Haley Lorenzen (12.6 ppg), Paulina Hersler (12.2 ppg), Dyandria Anderson (11.3 ppg) and Deilcia Washington (10.1 ppg) are also averaging double digits.
Haley Lorenzen is the team’s leading rebounder with 9.3 rpg.
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