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Razorbacks ready for Vanderbilt

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks ready for Vanderbilt

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team is working through final preparations for the upcoming Southeastern Conference matchup with No. 25/22 Vanderbilt Thursday. Collen and the Razorbacks moved to 12-5 overall and 1-4 in the SEC after a much-needed win over Auburn Sunday. The victory did much to fuel the lacking confidence for the Razorbacks. “We are a little better team today than before the Auburn game,” Collen said, “because we are a little more confident. We have preached to this team over and over that defense can generate offense and we really got back to that against Auburn.” With Auburn in the books, the Razorbacks must turn their attention ahead to Vanderbilt followed by the road trip to LSU Sunday. “We never lost confidence,” senior Ashley Daniels said, “but the win over Auburn gives us an extra boost as we look ahead to Vandy.” “It was good to hold them (Auburn) under 40 points,” junior Sarah Watkins added. “It was nice to rely on our defense with the offense sputtered a bit.” Vanderbilt (14-3, 2-2 SEC) enters the week with four players in double-figures and they led the SEC in several offensive categories. “Vanderbilt is hard to guard,” Collen said. “They are difficult to guard and push the ball really hard in transition. They have two posts who can both score and they have the league’s leading scorer. Vanderbilt may be the best offensive team in the league.” Arkansas will counter with solid defense. The Razorbacks rank first in the SEC in defensive rebounding percentage, third in scoring defense, fifth in field goal percentage defense and fifth in turnover margin. The Razorbacks are paced by senior C’eira Ricketts who averages 11.0 points per game. Watkins is next with 10.3 ppg and Daniels leads the team in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game. Thursday’s game continues a week of “We Back Pat” initiatives in which SEC members are showing support for Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the first 1000 fans will receive Arkansas women’s basketball trading cards.



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