FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team moved up in both national polls this week despite not playing last week.
Arkansas is ranked No. 22 in this week’s Associate Press poll and the Razorbacks moved ot No. 24 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25.
Arkansas (11-0) hosts Furman tonight at 7 p.m. in the final non-conference game before beginning Southeastern Conference action at Florida next week.
Arkansas broke into both the Associated Press and USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 at No. 25 last week with a perfect record and a 10-point win over then No. 12 Oklahoma.
The Razorbacks were idle over the holiday break but moved up in both polls as other teams around them either won or lost.
This week, Arkansas is receiving 174 points in the AP poll, up from 111 last week. Arkansas is getting 94 points in the coaches poll up from 85 last week.
Arkansas’ return to the AP Poll is the programs first since the 2007-08 season. That year, Collen guided the Razorbacks to a 15-0 start, the best start in Arkansas history. The Razorbacks jumped into the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Poll on Christmas day and moved into the AP Poll at No. 25 in week nine just before the start of SEC play. Arkansas remained in the poll moving up to No. 20 the following week but a pair of losses at No. 11 LSU and at Ole Miss saw the Razorbacks slip from the rankings.
The Razorbacks open SEC play at Florida, Jan. 2, and host No. 11 Kentucky in the SEC home opener Jan. 6.