FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 23/24 University of Arkansas women’s basketball team hosts Ole Miss in Southeastern Conference action in Bud Walton Arena Sunday at 2 p.m.
Arkansas (15-3, 3-3 SEC) is coming off a road loss at Vanderbilt but head coach Tom Collen and the Razorbacks appear ready to go facing Ole Miss (8-9, 1-4 SEC).
"We are working hard to identify who we are as a team," Arkansas junior C’eira Ricketts said. "We are not as worried about the other team as we are in perfecting what we do. We have done well this year but we can do better. We have to stay together and keep our heads up as the season continues."
Ricketts has been a team leader but has elevated her game in recent weeks. She scored a career-best 29 points Sunday and has moved into the top spot averaging 13.7 points-per-game.
Ricketts also had four three-pointers at Vanderbilt, also a career-best.
"Teams don’t expect me to shoot as much," Ricketts said, "especially a three-pointer. When I can do that, it makes us a triple threat with Lyndsay (Harris) and Sarah (Watkins). We can drive and shoot, play in the paint and make threes."
Harris and Watkins are also double-digit scorers for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas has played itself to a 3-3 conference record this year and is in the top half of the league standings with 10 games still to play. The Razorbacks have the benefit of playing six of its last 10 SEC games at home.
"One of the best things about this team is its ability to be resilient," Head coach Tom Collen said. "We are still a little up and down but we are learning from that. I’m optimistic that we will bounce back and play well against Ole Miss."
The Razorbacks also welcome back one of the program’s favorite daughters in Christy Smith Sunday for Christy Smith Day. Smith helped Arkansas to the program’s first Final Four appearance in 1998. She was drafted into the WNBA with the Charlotte Sting. The first 1,000 fans receive a free commemorative poster.