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Razorbacks test skills at Mississippi State

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks test skills at Mississippi State

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team tests its three-game Southeastern Conference winning streak with a road game at Mississippi State Thursday at 7 p.m. Arkansas improved to 14-5 overall and 3-4 in the SEC after a 20-point win at LSU Sunday. Arkansas has won all three of its SEC games by 20 or more points but the Razorbacks know that Mississippi State (13-6, 3-3 SEC) will be a challenge on the Bulldogs home court. “This is going to be a typical SEC road game,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “Mississippi State is similar to us on paper. They have good, quick guards and can get the ball inside as well. It should be a fun game for fans.” The Razorbacks enter the game behind solid play from several players including junior Sarah Waktins, the reigning SEC Player of the Week. Watkins guided Arkansas to wins over No. 25/22 Vanderbilt with 21 points and a school record-tying six blocks. She added eight points and went 4-for-4 from the line in the win. Watkins is averaging 13.7 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game in the three conference wins. Senior Lyndsay Harris is also playing well in recent games. Harris hit some long three’s at LSU sparking the Razorback offense. She is averaging 12.3 ppg and shooting 40 percent from three-point range. Seniors Ashley Daniels and C’eira Ricketts continue to be go-to players as well. Daniels is averaging 13.3 ppg and a team-leading 5.7 rpg in the three recent wins with Ricketts added 8.3 ppg, 14 assists and 10 steals. “We are playing well right now,” Collen said, “but we know it’s going to be a tough game. “Our back-to-back-to-back wins give us a lot of confidence,” he continued. “We have good leadership and they believe in themselves, the team and the plan.” State enters the game on a two-game winning streak with victories over Auburn and at Ole Miss. They are paced by Diamber Johnson’s 17.9 ppg and Porsha Porter who averages 13.7 ppg this year. Arkansas returns home Sunday hosting Florida in the first of three consecutive home games in Bud Walton Arena. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. tip and fans can buy one ticket, and get a second free. Offer is available only at the door.



Sports Category : Basketball (W)