OXFORD, Miss. — The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team faces its first road conference game traveling to Ole Miss for a Sunday contest in Tad Smith Coliseum.
The Razorbacks (8-7, 0-2) face Ole Miss (10-5, 1-1 SEC) in a 2 p.m. game that can be heard live in Northwest Arkansas on KUOA-AM and FM.
“This is a tough comeback for us,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “Ole Miss will be ready for us. We didn’t finish the LSU game as well as I would have liked and we have to get ourselves ready to play right away.”
Arkansas opened SEC play with a pair of losses to Florida and No. 11 LSU. The Razorbacks are shooting just 31.2 percent in conference play and just a bit over 15 percent from three-point range.
Sophomore Lyndsay Harris leads the team in all games (11.8 ppg) and SEC-only contests (11.5 ppg) and is the only player averaging double-figures in league games this year.
Ole Miss is coming off a win over Alabama, 70-56, and has won four of their last five games. The Rebels are shooting 42.8 percent this year and have three players averaging double-figures led by Bianca Thomas scoring 21.4 ppg this year.
“Mississippi is a team we play twice this year and we could go a long way with a win Sunday,” Collen said. “They play a lot of zone and we’ve struggled against the zone this year. They are aggressive with their half court and three-quarter court traps and I’m sure they plan to turn us over a lot. We have to take better care of the basketball.”
Arkansas struggled with turnovers in its last game and have committed 43 in the first two SEC games of the season.
The series has been tough on Arkansas with the Rebels holding a 7-21 advantage. Arkansas is 0-12 in Oxford but the teams played to a split last year.
“We’ve been a pretty good road team,” Collen said. “We’re not intimidated and we like loud crowds. We know that we just have to come out and control our game. The rest will take care of itself.”