FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team concludes a difficult three-game stretch of facing three consecutive top 15-ranked opponents on Sunday when it welcomes No. 7/9 Tennessee to Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas has faced one of the most challenging schedules in the entire country to open its conference play. In fact, Arkansas is one of only two schools – Vanderbilt being the other – to open conference action with three of its first four games coming against opponents ranked inside the top 15. The last time Arkansas faced three ranked opponents in a row came in early January of 2012 when it played No. 17/15 Georgia, No. 11/9 Kentucky, and No. 6/7 Tennessee.
Here is a look ahead to the Razorbacks’ next opponent:
• The Lady Volunteers enter Sunday’s game ranked No. 7/9, owning an overall mark of 13-2 and 3-0 in SEC play. Tennessee knocked down No. 9/8 Texas A&M, 81-58, at home on Jan. 8 to push its winning streak up to nine games.
• Tennessee ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring offense, averaging 75.1 points per game, while ranking third in scoring defense allowing 51.9 points per game.
• The Lady Vols rank first in the SEC in rebounding, with an advantage of +11.4
• Tennessee shoots 42 percent from the field, sixth in the SEC, and allows opponents to shoot 35.2 percent, seventh in the SEC.
• Ariel Massengale and Isabelle Harrison lead the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 and 11.4 points per game, respectively.
• Holly Warlick (Tennessee, ’81) is in her third season as head coach of the Lady Vols, with a record of 69-16 (.812). She is in her 30th season overall on staff at Tennessee as she was an assistant coach under the legendary Pat Summit from 1985-2012. Tennessee captured the SEC regular-season championship in Warlick’s first year (2012-13) and won the SEC Tournament championship in her second season.
• Arkansas trails the all-time series with Tennessee, 2-25, including a 1-12 mark in games played in Fayetteville. During each of those 27 meetings, Tennessee has been ranked inside the AP top 11. The last win for the Razorbacks in the series came Feb. 23, 2012, as Arkansas upset the No. 6/7 Lady Vols in overtime on the road, 72-71.
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