FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team returns to action Sunday with a road SEC test at No. 9/8 Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.
Scheduled for a noon tip, the game will air live on FOX SportsSouth and on ESPN3.com…Click this link to watch.
ABOUT THE RAZORBACKS Offense:– Arkansas ranks fourth in the SEC and 15th in the NCAA for three-point field-goal percentage (38.5). Five different Razorbacks are averaging at least a .345 three-point field-goal percentage this season, led by Jessica Jackson shooting 42.7 percent (32-75 3PT).- Arkansas ranks sixth in the SEC for field-goal percentage (43.7). There are seven different Razorbacks shooting greater than .401 this season (min 13 FG). Jhasmin Bowen leads the team at 56.7 percent (68-120 FG).- Arkansas is second in the SEC in three-pointers made averaging 6.4 treys per game.- Arkansas ranks second in the SEC and 10th in the NCAA in scoring margin, as the Razorbacks have outscored opponents by an average of 22.0 points per game.- The Razorbacks rank third in the SEC and eighth in the NCAA in turnover margin with a +7.11 mark and are first in the SEC in assist/turnover ratio with 1.3. The Razorbacks have finished with more assists than turnovers in 12 games this season, including a season-high 29 assists and just 13 turnovers against Mississippi Valley State (12/29).- Arkansas leads the SEC in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.3 mark that includes 316 assists and 245 turnovers.- Arkansas has shot better than 40 percent in 12 games so far this season. The Razorbacks did so 13 times in 32 games last season. – The Razorbacks have scored 70 or more points 10 times in 14 games this season. Arkansas did so 14 times in 33 games last season. Defense:- Arkansas is first in the SEC and second in the NCAA in scoring defense. The Razorbacks are allowing opponents just 49.4 points per game this year.- Arkansas ranks third in the SEC and 15th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage defense. The Razorbacks are holding opponents to 34.8 percent shooting this season.- Arkansas has held 14 of 19 opponents this season to more turnovers than field goals. The largest disparity came against Oral Roberts, when the Razorbacks allowed just 13 field goals and forced 36 turnovers.- Arkansas held Mississippi State to a season-low 54 points, marking the 10th team this season that the Razorbacks have held to a season-low total.- Arkansas ranks third in the SEC in rebounding defense with a 33.2 mark and is first in the SEC with a .709 defensive rebounding percentage.- Arkansas ranks second in the league in blocked shots averaging 5.1 rejections per game with 96 blocks on the season. ABOUT RAZORBACK INDIVIDUALS: Jessica Jackson is averaging 16.4 points per game and ranks sixth in the SEC. The highest-ranking freshman scorer in the conference, Jackson has reached double digits in 17 of 19 games this season. Jackson had a double-digit scoring run of 10 straight games, which surpassed last year’s best mark of nine straight games. Jackson is also one of the most efficient scorers in the league, ranked ninth in the SEC for field-goal percentage (.439). She is a three-time SEC Freshman of the Week selection and scored a career-best 31 points vs. Ole Miss.
As just a freshman, Jackson became the first Razorback to score 31+ points in a game since Dominique Washington scored 37 as a junior (2005-06). Just three Razorbacks have put up 31+ point performances dating back to the 2002-03 season (Jackson, Washington, Christon).
Jackson ranks fourth in SEC only games averaging 19.7 ppg and also ranks 13th averaging 7.3 rpg.
Through six SEC games, Jackson is averaging 12.8 points per game in the second half, including 39.6 percent shooting, 61 percent three-point shooting and 96 percent (24-25) free-throw shooting. Her 12.83 second-half scoring average alone would rank her 18th in the conference.
Calli Berna leads the SEC with 147 assists, averaging a league-leading 7.7 helpers per game. Berna is also first in the conference in assist/turnover ratio (3.7). She recorded the first double-double of the season, tallying 12 points and 11 assists against SEMO (11/29). Berna was named to the all-tournament team at the New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament (11/29-30). Berna ranks sixth in the SEC in steals with 2.2 takeaways per contest.
McKenzie Adams has been sharp from distance in recent games, as the freshman is tied for fourth in the SEC in three-point field-goal percentage shooting 42.5 percent. She is tied for seventh in three-pointers made with 1.9 per game.
SOOOOO CLOSE Arkansas has played six SEC games this year and all have been decided by seven points or less. Five of the six have been decided by four points or less. The Razorbacks lost to No. 13/12 South Carolina by four (51-55); defeated Missouri by three (69-66), fell at Florida by seven (52-59), lost at home to Miss State by four (50-54), fell at Georgia by two (58-60) and defeated Ole Miss at home by three (68-65). TOUGH ROAD SCHEDULE Arkansas drew one of the toughest road SEC schedules this season. While no game is easy, the Razorbacks must travel to #9/8 Kentucky, No. 11/12 Tennessee, No. 10/11 South Carolina, N. 15/14 LSU and No. 17/15 Texas A&M – in consecutive games.Arkansas also traveled to Missouri, one of the country’s best three-point shooting teams, to Florida, the No. 4 team in the SEC this week and to perennial national powerhouse Georgia this season. DEFENSE IS GOOD Arkansas has held all of its SEC opponents well below their scoring averages this year. South Carolina came in averaging 77.2 ppg and shooting .492. Arkansas held Carolina to just 55 points and 40.4% in the game. Missouri averaged 76.5 ppg and shot .433 from the field. The Razorbacks held the Tigers to just 66 points and a 38.6 shooting performance. Florida averaged 81.1 ppg and shot .453 from the field. Arkansas limited the Gators to just 59 points and a .420 shooting percentage. The Lady Bulldogs entered the game averaging 79.5 ppg and were held to just 54 points in Fayetteville. Georgia averaged 67.2 ppg and the Razorbacks held them to just 60 points in Athens. Ole Miss averaged 76.2 ppg, but was held to just 65 points by Arkansas.