FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas head coach Tom Collen leads the Razorback women’s basketball team into its final regular season game at No. 24 Georgia Sunday in Athens, Ga.
The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. central tip and is televised by the SEC Network.
“We still have an opportunity or two in front of us and we’re looking to make the most of them,” Collen said.
Arkansas has not had the results the team expected when the season began last fall. A tough SEC schedule that expanded to 16 games this year took its toll on a very young Razorback team but Collen likes the growth he’s seen and is still excited about the next two (or more) games on the schedule.
“We have a lot of young players who hit a wall,” Collen said. “We knew that would happen — it always does with freshman. But I am so proud of this team’s fight. They continue to come into practice and work hard. They don’t give up in games and we are getting better with every minute played.
“I believe in the players that we have and in our system,” Collen continued. “We’ve learned a lot from this season.”
Arkansas has its hands full in the second meeting with Georgia. The Razorbacks have historically struggled with the Lady Bulldogs but Arkansas picked up a win in Athens last year and played Georgia to a 10-point game in Fayetteville earlier this season.
“Georgia is a team who has had its ups and downs,” Collen said. “They had an early SEC win against Tennessee then lost like six of their next eight. They have regrouped since then and settled down. They will be a dangerous team at tournament time and I think they are better than their ranking. They have veteran players and are well-coached.”
The Razorbacks return to Fayetteville Sunday beginning preparations for the 2010 SEC Tournament in Duluth, Ga. Arkansas is currently a 10th seed and would play seventh-seeded Florida if the standings remain unchanged after this Sunday’s games.