FAYETTEVILLE –The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team (11-0) continues to lead or rank highly in a number ofnational statistics through the third reporting period, including theNCAA’s No. 1-ranked scoring defense for the second straight week.
The Razorbacks have allowed opponentsto anaverage of just 43.0 points per game to lead the nation in scoring defense. SEC foe andNo.10 South Carolina is second in the country allowing opponents47.4 ppg, while No. 1 UConn is third at 47.5 opp ppg.
Holding opponents to 46 points or less ineight games this season, Arkansas’ most notable defensive performances have come in limiting Binghamton to 23 points, Oral Roberts to 33 points and Southeast Missouri to 37 points.
Arkansas hasallowed onlyone opponent this season more field goals than turnovers (NWST). The largest disparity came against Oral Roberts when the Razorbacks allowed just 13 field goals while forcing 36 turnovers.
The Razorbacks also rank fifth in the NCAA and lead the SEC for field-goal percentage defense (31.2). Arkansas has held opponents below30 percent shooting in five games this season, including suffocatingBinghamton to a program-best 17.4 percent during a 72-23 win in the New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament championship.
With its No. 5national ranking for field-goal percentage defense andNo. 20 markfor field-goal percentage, the Razorbacks are just one of four teams that rank top 20 in the NCAA for both statistics. The only other teams are No. 1 UConn, No. 10 South Carolina and No. 14 Olahoma State.
Ranked 11th in the NCAA for turnover margin (8.30), the Razorbacks have forced the opposition into an average of 21.6 turnovers a contest while committing just 13.1 themselves.UA forcedOral Roberts into a season-high 36 turnovers.
Maintaining aconsistent and balanced defensive effort so far this season, Arkansas is the only team in the SEC that ranks in the top three for scoring defense (1st, 43.0), field-goal percentage defense (1st, .306), blocked shots (3rd, 55) and steals (3rd, 109).
Currently enjoying a break in scheduling for final exams, the Razorbacks do not return to the court again until welcoming Tennessee Tech to Bud Walton Arena on Dec. 20. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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