ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM HONORSJuniors C’eira Ricketts and Lyndsay Harris and sophomore Sarah Watkins earned selection to the UTEP Thanksgiving Tournament All-Tournament team this week. Ricketts was named tournament Defensive MPV playing 54 minutes with 13 rebounds, 12 assists, two blocks, five steals and 11 points.
Harris scored 28 with four assists and 12 rebounds while Watkins lead the team with 32 points, 14 rebounds and a .652 field goal percentage helping Arkansas to the tournament title.
PEAK PLAYS WELLFreshman Keira Peak played well over the weekend shooting .600 two 12 field goals including two three-pointers and a 3-for-7 performance from the line. She was second on the team scoring 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Peak also had three assists, one block and four steals in two games.
ARKANSAS’ RECORD WHEN….As November closes, the Razorbacks finish the month with a perfect 7-0 mark. That runs Arkansas’ all-time record to 111-28 in November. The Razorbacks open December at Texas-Arlington and are 151-61 all-time in December.SEVEN-WIN STARTThe Razorbacks open the season 7-0 under head coach Tom Collen. It is the second time in Collen’s four years at Arkansas that the Razorbacks have started with at least seven wins. Arkansas opened 15-0 in 2007-08, Collen’s first year. Arkansas was also 7-0 in Susie Gardner’s final season in 2006-07. The Razorbacks were also 7-0 in 2000-01 and 1997-98 and 8-0 in 1999-2000.
CLEANING THE GLASSArkansas has rebounded well lately. The Razorbacks out-boarded opponents 93-67 in the two games at UTEP and have a 300-251 advantage for the season.DOUBLE-FIGURE AVERAGESThe Razorbacks have five players averaging in double-figures this week. Junior Lyndsay Harris leads the team with 13.6 ppg, followed by junior C’eira Ricketts with 11.6. Sophomore Sarah Watkins checks in with 11.3 along with 10.0 ppg from both junior Ashley Daniels and freshman Keira Peak.
TEAM LEADERSLyndsay Harris has led Arkansas in scoring in three games this year. C’eira Ricketts has paced the Razorbacks in two and Sarah Watkins in two games. (could led or tie for lead in scoring)
Junior Ashley Daniels has led the team in rebounding four times and Ricketts has tallied the team lead for assists in five of seven games this season.
MORE NUMBERSArkansas has out-shot its opponents in six of seven games (shooting %). Only Davidson had a higher shooting percentage than the Razorbacks. Arkansas has made more threes in four games and more free throws in three games. The Razorbacks have out-rebounded opponents in six games and had more assists five times.
TWO EXTREMESArkansas opened the season with five consecutive home games, and seven contests in a row including the Red-White Game and the exhibition game with Missouri Southern. It is the longest home stretch to open the season in program history.
The Razorbacks now hit the road for four road games, two in El Paso, Texas, followed by trips to Texas-Arlington and Utah. It is the longest road stand of the year.
WE LOVE BUDBud Walton Arena begins its 17th season as the home of Razorback basektball. The Razorback women are 180-68 (.725) all-time in the arena. Arkansas is 339-103 (.766) all-time in home games.
RECORD WATCHJunior C’eira Ricketts is on the verge of breaking into the top 30 for career rebounds at Arkansas. She entered the season with 330 career boards and has 33 this year. She needs just 20 to overtake the No. 30 spot held by former Razorback Wendi Willits (1997-01) with 373.
Ricketts is also moving up on the career assists standings. She finished her sophomore year with 228 to tie for 17th in career assists – also with Willits. The career assists leader is Amy Wright (1998-02) who had 717. Ricketts has 33 assists this year for 261.
Junior Lyndsay Harris is also leaving her name in the record books. She began the 2010-11 season sixth in three-point goals with 131 in two seasons. Harris has 22 this year for 153. Willits leads this category as well with 316 career threes. Harris also ranks sixth in three-point attempts with 471. India Lewis (1999-03) finished her career with a record 787 career attempts.
Ricketts and Harris are both moving up on the career points list. Harris began the season No. 35 with 684 career points and has 95 this year for 779 ranking 31st. Ricketts has 729 career points ranking 33rd.
Finally Sarah Watkins is a player to watch for career blocked shots. Watkins had 40 blocks as a freshman and has 11 this year. She needs 22 to break into the Arkansas top 10. Robyn Irwin (1986-89) is in the No. 10 spot with 73.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES ARE HARD TO FINDIt is a special feat when a basketball player is able to record a double-double, scoring in double figures while pulling in double-figure rebounds. It happened just twice last season. The first came for Ashley Daniels when she had 16 points and 17 rebounds against Sam Houston State Dec. 29, 2009. Quistelle Williams did it in an 18-point come-from-behind win at South Carolina on Valentine’s Day with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Daniels had Arkansas’ first double-double of the 2010-11 season against Tennessee State scoring 12 points with 11 rebounds.
DOUBLE POINTSAlthough not as unique as a double-double, double-figure points or rebounds are a feat in itself. C’eira Ricketts (3x), Lyndsay Harris (6x), Sarah Watkins (5x), Ashley Daniels (5x) and freshman Keira Peak (3x) have scored double-figure points already this year. Daniels (2x) and Peak (1x) have recorded double-digit rebounds this year as well.
COLLEN GETS 50Arkansas head coach Tom Collen picked up his 50th win as the Razorback skipper in the 55-54 victory over Mississippi Valley last week. The win ran his Razorback record to 50-45 and his career record to 267-115. He is the fifth coach in program history to reach 50 wins with the Razorbacks.
RICHARDSON TO REDSHIRTUniversity of Arkansas women’s basketball coach Tom Collen announced that senior Brittney Richardson will redshirt the 2010-11 season. Richardson, a Mountain Home, Ark., native, has battled illness and injury for much of her career. Richardson has played in 70 games and scored 230 career points. She has 57 rebounds and 29 assists in her Razorback career.
WILLIAMS SIDELINEDSophomore Quistelle Willims missed the Tennessee State game with a knee sprain. She is listed as day-to-day for her return and did not play in El Paso, Texas.
ARKANSAS TIED FOR SECONDThis week, the Razorbacks rank second in the SEC in field goal percent defense. Arkansas is allowing opponents to shoot at a .349 clip with 142 made baskets in 407 attempts. They trail Mississippi State with a .291 mark.
RAZORBACKS SIXTH IN SEC SCORING MARGINArkansas ranks sixth in the conference in scoring margin to start the week. Arkansas is +13.3, averaging 69.0 ppg while holding opponents to a 55.7 ppg average.
THREE-POINT SHOOTING IS SOLIDThe Razorbacks rank fifth in the SEC in three-point field goal percentage with a .321 mark. Junior Lyndsay Harris is fifth in the SEC with a .382 percentage. Harris is 13-for-34 this year. Her 13 treys ranks second in the league behind Tennessee’s Angie Bjorklund who has 14 this year.
HITTING THE GLASSArkansas has rebounded well in the first four games of the season. Junior Ashley Daniels is seventh in the SEC with 7.9 rebounds per game. Daniels is tied for sixth with 4.0 orpg and 13th with 3.8 drpg. Junior C’eira Ricketts ranks tied for 15th in the league with 3.7 defensive boards per game this year.
ARKANSAS HAS ACTIVE HANDSThe Razorbacks have forced a lot of turnovers and blocked shots well in the first four games of the season. Arkansas ranks fourth in the SEC in steals with 10.4 spg and 73 take-aways. Arkansas is third in blocks averaging 5.1 bpg and the Razorbacks are fourth in turnover margin at +4.6. Sarah Watkins ranks fifth with 1.6 bpg.
Arkanasas has several individuals in the SEC StatsC’eira Ricketts ranks sixth in scroing with 15.5 ppg, followed by Lyndsay Harris who is tied for seventh with 15.3 ppg. Ashley Daniels and Keira Peak are tied for 13th in rebounding while Ricketts is fifth in field goal percent and assists. Ricketts is currently tied for second in the SEC in steals with Harris ninth. Harris ranks seventh in three-point percentage and second in three-pointers made.
SEC MEDIA PICKS ARKANSAS EIGHTHThe Arkansas women’s basketball team has been selected eighth in the Southeastern Conference in the 2010-11 Preseason Media Poll the league announced.
The Razorbacks garnered 81 points in the poll, and are projected well above last season’s final standings.
"It’s always interesting to see how the media preview the conference," said Arkansas head coach Tom Collen. "If there is anything that I’ve learned about the SEC, it’s that Tennessee will always be picked near the top and will always finish near the top. Other than that, the only thing you can predict about the SEC is that it will be unpredictable."
Arkansas played to a 4-12 SEC record in the tough 16-game schedule last year. This year, however, the Razorbacks return a veteran squad paced by a strong and experienced junior class that includes Lyndsay Harris, C’eira Ricketts and Ashley Daniels.
Tennessee topped the media poll getting 202 points followed by Kentucky (183), Vanderbilt (157), Georgia (150), LSU (147) and Auburn (120) in the top six. The rest of the poll includes South Carolina (84) narrowly edging Arkansas (81) followed by Alabama (65) and Ole Miss (47). Mississippi State (45) and Florida (45) tied for 11th place overall.TELEVISION TIME FOR THE RAZORBACKSArkansas’ women’s basketball team makes 10 regular-season television appearances in the 2010-11 season. The Razorbacks’ 10 appearances is the most in recent years with Arkansas playing no more than six in the entire season over the last six years.
The Razorbacks have a pair of games scheduled for the ESPN family of networks beginning with South Carolina at home Feb. 6. The Razorbacks rallied from a school-record 18-point deficit at South Carolina last year for a thrilling win. The face Dawn Staley’s team at 3 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks’ next game, a home contest with Auburn, Feb. 13, is slated for an ESPN2 broadcast. Arkansas picked up a win in Auburn in the only meeting between these programs last season. In addition to the ESPN games, Arkansas has two games each on COX, CSS and FSN with one on the SEC Network and one on SunSports. Arkansas opens the television schedule with national powerhouse Oklahoma in a COX broadcast Sunday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. The Razorbacks pushed OU to overtime before suffering a one-point loss in Norman, Okla., last year. Arkansas begins Southeastern Conference play at Florida in a game that will be carried by SunSports. It is scheduled for a noon Central tip. The Razorbacks return to TV for back-to-back appearances Jan. 9 and Jan. 13. Arkansas travels to Mississippi State Jan. 9 for an FSN (FOX Sports Network) game that is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. They follow up with a home contest with Georgia on CSS. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. Central. The next in a long line of nationally-dominate teams on the schedule is Tennessee and that game will air on the SEC Network with a 1 p.m. start. The Tennessee game is the first of six television games in the next seven games for Arkansas. The rest of the schedule includes at Georgia on CSS, South Carolina on ESPNU, Auburn on ESPN2, at Ole Miss on COX and at Kentucky on the Big Blue Sports Network/FSN. All rounds of the 2010-11 SEC Tournament will also be televised on FSN, ESPNU and ESPN2. Check local listings for channels and time changes. For more information, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
FAMILY PACKS FOR WOMEN’S HOOPS
The 2010-11 University of Arkansas women’s basketball season is just around the corner and families are invited to take part in the Family Pack when purchasing tickets. The Family Pack season ticket gives fans two adult and two youth (under 18) season tickets in a designated area in Bud Walton Arena. If fans need additional tickets they will be offered at a reduced rate. Don’t miss a minute of the action at Bud Walton Arena. Be sure you have your women’s basketball season tickets. First-time season ticket holders will receive a coupon for a free large one-topping pizza from Pizza Hut along with their ticket purchase. Fans can get their first look at Tom Collen’s 2010-11 Razorbacks Friday at the team’s annual Red-White scrimmage. The Razorback women are scheduled to warm-up around 7:15 p.m. and tip at 7:30 p.m. Arkansas hosts Missouri Southern in an exhibition contest Wednesday, Nov. 3, followed by the season opener Friday, Nov. 12 against Florida A&M. The Florida A&M tip is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. as part of Elementary Day at Bud Walton Arena.
For more information or tickets, please contact the Razorback Ticket Center at 479-575-5151 or log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTSTEXAS-ARLINGTONTexas-Arlington enters the ball game with a 2-4 record. They have wins at UMKC and most recently against Southeast Missouri and they have losses at Oral Roberts, at Houston, at Oklahoma State and against Arkansas State.
The Mavericks are paced by Tamara Simmons, a 5-7 senior guard, who is averaging 19.2 ppg and 3.5 rpg this year. Shalyn Martin is also in double-figures with 10.2 ppg.
In their most recent game, the Mavericks were paced by Simmons and Martin with 11 points each. Martain had a double-double with 11 rebounds as well.
UTAHThe Utah Utes enter the week with a 3-3 record against some tough competition. They opened the year with wins at SMU and at Weber State before a nine-point loss to No. 2 Stanford at home. Utah followed up with a loss against Penn State before defeating Hartford by six. In their most recent game, Utah fell to No. 23 UW-Green Bay, 40-60.
Utah is paced by Janita Badon with 12.5 ppg. Taryn Wicijowski also averages double-digits at 10.7 ppg. She leads the team with 9.0 rpg this year.