FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 25 University of Arkansas women’s basketball team earned its first national ranking of the season, as the Razorbacks (14-1, 1-1 SEC) moved into the USA Today Coaches Poll Top 25 on Tuesday
Here are 25 reasons to get on board with @RazorbackWBB this season:
1) Nation’s Finest: Arkansas ranks No. 1 in the NCAA for scoring defense. So far this season, the Razorbacks have allowed opponents an average of just 46.7 points per game.
2) Nothing Doing: The Razorbacks rank No. 2 in the SEC and seventh in the NCAA for field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to an average of just 33.1 percent shooting this season..
3) Take Care: Arkansas ranks No. 3 in the SEC and seventh in the NCAA for turnover margin (+8.07). The Razorbacks had a season-high 29 assists to just 13 turnovers in the team’s win over Mississippi Valley State.
4) Three-Point Barrage: The Razorbacks have been able to find their range from beyond the arc so far this season, ranked No. 4 in the NCAA for three-point field-goal percentage (.413).
5) Fab Five: Arkansas has five true freshman on its roster this season. The group has combined to average 37.1 points per game this season.
6) Sizing ‘Em Up: There are six different Razorbacks at or taller than 6‘0" on this season’s roster (Bailey, Bowen, Faussurier, Jackson, West & Wolff). UA is outrebounding the competition by an average margin of +7.0 per contest.
7) Dropping Dimes: Calli Berna is averaging an SEC-leading 7.9 assists per game. The Fayetteville, Ark., native also ranks fourth in the NCAA with her 118 dimes.
8) Points At A Premium: Arkansas has held opponents to 47 points or less eight times this season.
9) Sharp Shooter: McKenzie Adams ranks No. 9 in the NCAA and first in the SEC with her 47.7 three-point field-goal percentage.
10) Scoring At Will: The Razorbacks have scored 70 or more points in 10 games this season. They did so 14 times in 32 games last season.
11) Shooter’s Touch: Arkansas has shot better than 40 percent in 11 games this season. It did so 13 times in 32 games last season.
12) Jhas’ed To Have Her: Jhasmin Bowen hauled down a season-best 12 rebounds against Northwestern State, as she also scored 15 points and earned the third double-double of her career.
13) Forcing Their Hand: Arkansas has held 13 of 15 opponents this season to more turnovers than field goals.
14) "Mo" Where That Came From: Making her first career start on the road against Missouri, Melissa "Mo" Wolff stepped up and recorded her first career double-double with14 points and 12 rebounds in the team’s win.
15) Freshman Phenom: Jessica Jackson is averaging 15.3 points per game so far this season. She ranks 10th in the SEC and has reached double digits in 14 of 15 games this season.
16) Cool Customers: Arkansas made 16 straight free throws earlier this season to hold off Missouri in the final minutes and claim a 69-66 SEC road win.
17)Spark Plug:Kelsey Brooks scored a career-high 17 points against Sam Houston State. The freshman has averaged 43 percent shooting from the floor so far this season in a sixth-player role.
18) Formidable Foes: The 2013-14 schedule has Arkansas playing 18 games against teams that reached either the NCAA or WNIT Tournaments last year.
19) International Flare: Ana-Carlota Faussurier won a gold medal this past summer as a member of Spain’s U19 team. The redshirt freshman has played in 11 games this season and had 10 points and five rebounds against Mississippi Valley State.
20) Winning Tradition: The Razorbacks have won 20+ games inthreeconsecutive seasons under head coach Tom Collen.
21) Protect This House: Homecourt advantage has held true for Arkansas, which is 223-83 in 21 seasons at Bud Walton Arena, including a 10-1 start this season.
22) Pitt’ing It In The Basket: No. 22 Bria Pitts has provided a nice scoring option from off the bench so far this season, averaging 41.9 percent from three-point range. Pitts was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc against Oral Roberts, as she scored a career-best nine points.
23) Hustle…: Known for her hustle plays and energy, Keira Peak surpassed the 500 rebound plateau on her career to become just the 23rd player to reach that milestone in program history. Peak has 534 career rebounds.
24) …and Flow: Peak has 24 steals, including at least one in 14 of 15 games so far this season.
25) Bailey Ball: No. 25 Joey Bailey has played in every game this year, averaging 13 minutes per contest.Bailey has had at least one rebound in every game so far this season.
Arkansas travels next to Gainesville, where the Razorbacks and Florida Gators (12-3, 2-0 SEC) are scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.
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