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Razorbacks host Bama Thursday

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks host Bama Thursday

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team returns to the court Thursday hosting Alabama at 7 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena. The Razorbacks moved to 16-5 overall and 5-4 in the Southeastern Conference with their fifth consecutive league win, a double-overtime thriller, over Florida Sunday. Alabama is young this year and enters the game with a 10-12 record and an 0-8 mark in the SEC. “We are coming off an exciting game and the team got a great shot of adrenaline against Florida,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “Practice has been fun. There are a lot of smiles and confidence on the court right now. Now, we have to come down off that high and take care of business against Alabama. “Alabama is hungry for a win and they have nothing to lose,” he continued. “They always play well here.” Arkansas has suffered back-to-back home losses to Alabama with the Crimson Tide scoring more than 90 points in Bud Walton last year. “We are not overlooking them,” said senior C’eira Ricketts, who scored 28 points in the last meeting. “They always play well against us. They are struggling a bit right now and are looking for their first win. We know they are going to play hard and we have to treat them like any other SEC team.” Arkansas has played well lately winning five games in a row, including two on the road in the SEC. The winning streak has moved the Razorbacks into a tie for fourth place overall in the SEC. The Razorbacks enter the game with Alabama with two players averaging double figures paced by Ricketts with 11.0 points per game. Junior Sarah Watkins averages 10.9ppg in all games. Arkansas adds a double-digit scorer in Ashley Daniels in SEC only games. Ricketts still leads the team with 11.9 ppg, followed by Daniels with 11.2 ppg and Watkins with 10.6 ppg in conference contests. Daniels, a Coldwater, Miss., native, scored the game-winner over Florida and has had five consecutive games in double figures this year. Arkansas has just one game this week with a bye on Sunday. The Razorbacks host South Carolina Feb. 9, before traveling to Auburn for the second meeting between the Razorbacks and Tigers this year. Fans who attended Tuesday’s men’s basketball game can bring their ticket stub to the ticket window and purchase a discounted ticket for Thursday’s women’s game.



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