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Razorbacks host two in a row this week

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks host two in a row this week

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team hosts its final two regular season games this week welcoming LSU Thursday and Mississippi State Sunday. The LSU game is Arkansas’ annual Pink Zone game and fans can purchase an official event t-shirt to gain admission to the game. Arkansas (19-5, 8-4 SEC) is looking to defend its eight-game Southeastern Conference winning streak against LSU (11-14, 3-9 SEC), a team the Razorbacks defeated in Baton Rouge, La., earlier this year. Although Arkansas has a win over the Tigers, LSU comes to Fayetteville a different team. Two players are back in the lineup after being sidelined in the first meeting and the Tigers have won three in a row including a 10-point victory over No. 6/5 Kentucky. The Razorbacks, meanwhile, are riding their own momentum and continue to play the underdog card in their games. “We have a lot of momentum right now,” senior Lyndsay Harris said. “We are playing consistently and winning on the road and that gives us confidence. But we also know that we have to focus on each opponent. LSU doesn’t care what our record is and we have to approach each game with that in mind.” Arkansas opened the SEC season dropping it first four games, facing three of the best teams in the conference to start. The Razorbacks picked up their first SEC win against Auburn Jan. 15, and haven’t looked back. The eight SEC wins is the most ever in program history and has come thanks, in part, to a tough defense. This week, Arkansas ranks first in the SEC in defensive rebounding percentage and is second in scoring defense and turnover margin. “This is a veteran team who wants to keep things rolling,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “We improve with each practice and game we play and the team is really looking forward to playing LSU. We know that LSU feels like they have to come in and get a win. I can’t imagine a bigger game for either team at this point of the year.” The Razorbacks are 8-4 in league play and are in a three-way tie for fourth place overall with Georgia and South Carolina. LSU is 7-5 in the conference and tied for sixth but could move up as high as a tie for third with a win if others around them lose. The Razorbacks also have their eye on Sunday’s game — Senior Day. The program graduates Collen’s first full recruiting class at Arkansas. “This is a program-changing class,” Collen said. “They didn’t have a lot of help ahead of them when they got here. They found a way to get it done.” Harris, one of the five seniors on the roster, has been among the team leaders in all four seasons with the program. “When I came here, I wanted to change the program,” she said. “I wanted to be a pioneer. By the time you are a senior, you can measure how far you have come by how far the program has come and I couldn’t be more proud of what we have done.” The other Razorback seniors include Ashley Daniels, Julie Inman, C’eira Ricketts and Jamesha Townsend. Fans attending Thursday’s game will also be treated to a brief pre-game ceremony when the Razorbacks recognize Ricketts for breaking the career steals record last week.



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