FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas recognizes the Breast Cancer Awareness effort and hosts LSU in the team’s annual Pink Day at Bud Walton Arena Sunday at 2 p.m.
Arkansas (17-8, 5-8 SEC) enters the game after a big win at Ole Miss on Thursday. It was the program’s first-ever victory in Oxford. They face an LSU (17-10, 7-6 SEC) who was idle last week and looking to avenge an earlier season loss in Baton Rouge, La.
"We picked up a victory that we needed," Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. "The best way to come back is to come back with a win and it’s great to get back on track. To turn it around with a road win in an environment that you’ve never won in makes it even more special"
Despite some good individual performances, the Razorbacks dropped a couple of unexpected games late in the season. One of those individuals playing well lately is junior Ashley Daniels who has posted back-to-back double-doubles for the team.
"I feel like my game is progressing each time I play and practice," Daniels said. "My confidence is building and I feel like I’m capable of becoming that fourth scorer that we need."
"As teams focus on Sarah Watkins, the door swings open for Ashley," Collen said. "As she gains confidence it lightens the load on some of the other players and makes us a more balanced team."
Arkansas has its hands full with a tough LSU team.
The LSU Tigers come to Fayetteville with a 17-10 overall record and a 7-6 mark in SEC play. They are 2-1 in their last three games with wins at Ole Miss and over Auburn and a loss at #15/18 Kentucky by two points.
Adrienne Webb leads the team with 12.9 ppg followed by LaSondra Barrett with 11.9 ppg and a team-high 6.1 rpg. Arkansas won the first meeting of the year between these teams snapping a 16-game Baton Rouge losing streak. The Razorbacks were up 13-0 before LSU got on the board with the team’s first field goal at the 11:15 mark in the first half. Arkansas went up 17-2 before the Tigers closed the half trailing 27-16. LSU rallied in the second half behind a long, seven-plus minute scoring lapse by the Razorbacks but Arkansas hung on for the win.
"LSU is a team in unfamiliar territory," Collen said. They find themselves on the bubble in terms of trying to be one of the top four teams in the SEC and maybe on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. They’re going to come in here and I suspect this will be one of their better games. We are going to have to play good basketball and execute all the little things that make a difference in the game."
The Razorbacks have just three regular season SEC games reminding. They travel to Kentucky and host Alabama after the LSU contest Sunday. The Alabama game on Sunday, Feb. 27, is senior day.