Arkansas meets the Lady Rebels for the second time this season having already claimed a 68-65 victory earlier this season in Fayetteville. Freshman Jessica Jackson scored a career-high 31 points and 10 rebounds in what was one of her four double-doubles this season.
LISTEN LIVE:Wednesday’s game will air in Northwest Arkansas on KOSM-FM 92.1; in Rogers on KURM-AM 790; in Fort Smith on KFPW-FM 94.5 and 1230 AM; and in Little Rock on KREB-FM 103.7. As always, Alex Perlman and Jeri Thorpe will have the call.
SCOUTING OLE MISS
– This is Ole Miss’ first appearance in the 14-team SEC Tournament. They did not participate last year due to a self-imposed postseason ban.
– This is the second meeting between Ole Miss and Arkansas this season, after the Razorbacks claimed a 68-65 victory in Fayetteville back in January.
– Arkansas has won four in a row over the Lady Rebels
– Head coach Tom Collen is 7-5 all-time at Arkansas against Ole Miss
– Jessica Jackson had a career-high 31 points (11-22 FG, 5-7 3PT) and 10 rebounds in the first meeting, recording one of her four double-doubles this season against the Lady Rebels.
– Melissa Wolff (14 pts, 8 reb) and Jhasmin Bowen (11 pts) also played crucial roles, joining Jackson in double digits.
– Three players average double figures for Ole Miss, led McFarland with 16.9 ppg and 9.8 rpg. Tia Faleru (16.8 ppg) and Diara Moore (10.4 ppg) also average double digits.
SEC TOURNAMENT NOTES
– Arkansas is 10-21 all-time at the SEC Tournament.
– Arkansas is the 11th seed in this year’s SEC Tournament. UA has been the 11th seed four other times. They reached the second round in 2005 as the 11th seed.
– Arkansas’ most common SEC Tournament opponents have been Ole Miss and Florida with the Razorbacks facing each time five teams. The Lady Rebels hold a 2-3 SEC Tournament series advantage over Arkansas. The Razorbacks, however, won the last meeting in 2012 with a 67-47 victory in the first round.
IF Arkansas advances, it would face Auburn for a third tournament meeting (1-1).
– Calli Berna tied an Arkansas SEC Tournament record playing 45 minutes in an overtime loss to Florida at last year’s event.
– Former Razorback Juliet Jackson (1987-90) is Arkansas’ SEC Great this year.
RANKING THE RAZORBACKS
– The Razorbacks lead the SEC and rank eighth in the NCAA in turnover margin with a +6.54 mark and are also first in the SEC in assist/turnover ratio at 1.2.
– Arkansas ranks second in the SEC for three-point field goals made (172), hitting an average of 5.9 treys per game.
– Arkansas ranks fifth in the SEC for three-point field goal percentage (.351). Four different Razorbacks are averaging at least .322 shooting from distance (min. 19 FG), led by Jessica Jackson at 39.5 percent (47-119 3PT).
– Arkansas ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring margin, as the Razorbacks have out- scored opponents by an average of 12.9 points per game.
– The Razorbacks have finished with either the same amount or more assists than turnovers in 17 games this season, including a season-high 29 assists and just 13 turnovers against Mississippi Valley State (12/29).
– Arkansas has shot better than 40 percent in 15 games so far this season. The Razorbacks accomplished the same shooting feat 13 times in 32 games last season. There are still six guaranteed games left this season for Arkansas.
– The Razorbacks have scored 70 or more points 12 times this season. Arkansas did so 14 times last season.
– Sixty is the magic number, as the Razorbacks are 18-1 this season when scoring 60+ points in a game. UA is 7-0 this season when scoring 70-79 points.
– Arkansas is 17-1 this season when outscoring its opponent in the second half.
– Three’s the key, as the Razorbacks are 16-3 this season when making more three-pointers than its opponent and 2-2 when making the same number.
– Arkansas leads the SEC and is second in the NCAA in scoring defense, trailing only No. 1 UConn (47.0 ppg). The Razorbacks are allowing opponents just 53.8 points per game this season.
– Arkansas ranks third in the SEC in blocked shots averaging 4.6 rejections per game with a total of 135 swat this season.
– Arkansas ranks fifth in the SEC in rebounding defense with a 35.2 mark and is also eighth in the SEC with a .668 defensive rebounding percentage.
– Arkansas ranks sixth in the SEC in field goal percentage defense. The Razorbacks are allowing opponents an average of 37.6 percent shooting this season.
– Arkansas has held 17 opponents this season to more (or the same number) turnovers than field goals. The most recent occurrence was holding Alabama to just 18 field goals while forcing 25 turnovers and at No. 19/18 LSU where the Tigers had 19 turnovers and 19 field goals.
– Arkansas has held a total of 11 opponents this season to season-low point totals (most recent: 49 pts vs. Florida, 2-6-14).
– Jessica Jackson earned selection to both the All-Southeastern Conference Second Team and All-SEC Freshman Teamby the league office on Tuesday.
– Jackson has led the team in scoring (16.0 ppg), blocks (43), rebounds (5.9 rpg), free-throw percentage (.804), and three-point field goals (47). She is also second among Razorbacks for minutes played (866).
– Jackson ranks seventh in the SEC and is the highest-ranking freshman scorer in the league.
– Four double-doubles and three SEC Freshman of the Week selections
– Has scored 20+ points six times this season and had a career-best 31 points in a regular season win over Ole Miss.
– Jessica Jackson is averaging 16.0 points per game and ranks seventh in the SEC. The highest-ranking freshman scorer in the conference, Jackson is the only freshman among the top 21 scorers in the league and is just one of three underclassmen in the top 15.
– Jackson has reached double digits in 25 of 29 games this season. She had a double-digit scoring run of 10 straight games earlier this season, which surpassed last year’s best mark of nine straight.
– Jackson has scored 13+ points in 22 of 29 games this season, including 16 of the last 20 contests.
– Jackson is also one of the most efficient scorers in the league, ranked 13th in the SEC for field-goal percentage (.419).
– Jackson is a three-time SEC Freshman of the Week selection, earning her most recent honor in large part after scoring a career-best 31 points vs. Ole Miss.
– Jackson has recorded four double-doubles this season. Her most recent was 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at home against Auburn.
– 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.
BLOCK PARTY FOR THE AGES?
Showcasing her defensive presence, Jessica Jackson has swatted away 43 blocks this season (22 in SEC alone). The program’s freshman record for rejections in a season is 55 set by Amanda Holley in the 1981-82 season.
BERN’ING UP THE FLOOR
– Calli Berna ranks 2nd in the SEC with 197 assists this season and is tied for a league-leading 6.8 dimes per game that also ranks fifth in the NCAA.
– Arguably the most efficient point guard in the NCAA, Berna leads the SEC and is 12th in the NCAA for assist/ turnover ratio (2.9).
– Berna has 57 steals this sea- son and ranks sixth in the SEC averaging 2.0 takeaways per contest.
– Arkansas is 11-0 in games when Berna dishes out eight or more assists.
HAVE AN ERASER HANDY
Since she stepped onto campus and into the starting lineup at Arkansas, hometown girl Calli Berna has been rewriting the program record books.
– Last season as a sophomore, Berna posted program records for both single-season assists (208) and SEC-sea- son assists (99).
– This season, Berna is within reach to potentially rewrite both records. With 197 assists, a 6.8 apg average and one guaranteed game remaining, Berna could approach a new program-best yearly and SEC total.
– Berna is also chasing the program’s class record for most assists by a junior in a single season. Amy Wright had 198 career assists as a junior, which means Berna is just one helper away from laying claim to another program re- cord and still has two games left to reach it.
CAREER STAT WATCH
– Senior Keira Peak has scored 955 career points, which ranks 28th all-time at Arkansas. Peak is seven points away from moving solely into 27th place all-time. She also surpassed the 500 rebound plateau becoming the 23rd player to reach that mile- stone. Peak has 608 career rebounds and recently moved to 16th in program his- tory. She is just eight rebounds away from moving solely into 15th place all-time.
– Junior Calli Berna enters the game with 493 career assists and recently moved into fifth place all-time, passing Tracy Webb (444, ‘83-87). She needs just 15 assists to pass Christy Smith (507, ‘94-98) for fourth place all-time.
PARTY OF THREE
The freshman trio of Jessica Jackson, McKenzie Adams and Kelsey Brooks has scored in double figures in the same game six times this season. At least two of the three have reached double digits in the same contest seven times. The group of true freshmen has combined to score 40-50 points six times; 30-40 points eight times; less than 30 points 15 times this season.
WE ARE YOUNG
The Razorbacks are a young group. A quick look at the other rosters in the SEC has Arkansas with 12 players including five true fresh- men and two redshirt freshmen. Alabama has six freshmen on their roster but also has one senior and three juniors returning. Mis- sissippi State lists four freshmen as does Ole Miss, however, the Bulldogs also have eight juniors and seniors while Ole Miss boasts seven upperclassmen. Arkansas pairs its youngsters with just one senior, Keria Peak, and two juniors Calli Berna and Jhasmin Bowen.
POINTS AT A PREMIUM AGAINST ARKANSAS
Arkansas has held all but one (#17/16 TA&M) of its SEC opponents below their scoring averages this year. Some of the notable displays saw South Carolina come into Bud Walton Arena averaging 77.2 ppg and shooting .492. but held to just 55 points by Ar- kansas. Florida averaged 78.1 ppg and visited Bud but was held to a season-low 49 points. Mississippi State entered averaging 79.5 ppg and was held to just 54 points in Fayetteville. Kentucky averaged 87.0 ppg, but was held to just 68 points by Arkansas. Tennessee averaged 81.2 ppg, but was held to 70 points by Arkansas. South Carolina averaged 75.0 points per game, but was held to 69. Bama averaged 65.1 ppg and was held to 55 points in the Razorback win. Vanderbilt averaged 74 ppg and was held to 56.
Arkansas has played 16 SEC games this season and 10 have been decided by seven points or less. Seven of the 16 have come down to four points or less. Some of the tightest contests saw the Razorbacks fall at Georgia by two (58-60); defeat Missouri by three (69-66); defeat Ole Miss at home by three (68-65); lose to No. 13/12 South Carolina by four (51-55); lose at home to Miss State by four (50-54); defeat Missouri at home by two (72-70).