FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Head coach Tom Collen, Keira Peak and Jessica Jackson met with members of the media on Sunday to preview the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team’s upcoming matchup with Middle Tennessee inside Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday.
"We’re pleased where we’re at right now and I think any coach would be pleased to be 3-0," Collen said. "Now it’s time to step up to a little bit different level of competition. Middle Tennessee State has got a great program. They already got a big road win at Miami. They had Tennessee on the ropes. They’re very well coached, they do a great job and this is one of the big games on our schedule in the non-conference."
Boasting arguably one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country to date, the Razorbacks do not expect Middle Tennessee State to intimidated by a matchup with Arkansas. Earning a win will not come easy, according to Peak.
"They’re not scared to play any team that they step up to," Peak said. "I know that whenever they step on the floor that it’s not going to be an easy win. I know they’re going to play their hardest. Just because we have ‘Arkansas’ across our chest, that doesn’t mean that they’re not going to come out there and play their hardest. They’re going to play even harder."
With seven freshmen on this season’s squad, including five true freshmen, Jackson said the young Razorbacks have been able to step in and bond with their fellow teammates in a short period of time. These early non-conference tests help the team to work on hitting their stride as a unit.
"We’ve bonded a lot," Jackson said of the freshmen. "But, it’s not just the freshmen, we bond with all of them. Me, Peak, everyone, we’re all friends. It’s like one big bond."
Arkansas (3-0) and Middle Tennessee State (1-1) are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. Tuesday inside Bud Walton Arena.
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