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Women’s Basketball Opponent Preview: Furman

Women’s Basketball Opponent Preview: Furman

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team continues its series of opponent previews as it counts down to tipoff of the 2013-14 season. Next up on the nonconference schedule for the Razorbacks is the Furman Paladins.

Opponent: Furman Paladins

Date: Nov. 16,&1 p.m.

Location: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville

Series results: This marks just the second meeting between Furman and Arkansas. The last contest between the two programs took place during the 2010-11 season, as the Razorbacks earned an 88-47&win. Head Coach Tom Collen is 3-0 all-time versus Furman in his coaching career.

Last season: Furman finished 12-18 overall last season, going 8-12 in Southern Conference play. The Paladins carried the No. 7 seed into the Southeastern Conference Tournament, but were quickly outed in the first round with a 73-68 loss to UNCG.

Foe to Know: Brittany Hodges,&6-1 Forward, Junior. The Paladins’ top returning scorer (9.8 ppg), Hodges started in 25 of the team’s 29 games last season as a sophomore. Hodges led the Paladins on the boards, pulling in 180 rebounds, including 68 offensive.&Avoiding foul trouble will be an area for improvement this season, considering Hodges committed a team-leading 102 personal fouls and fouled out&in six games last season.&Hodges was&named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year two seasons ago.

Freshman Phenom: Furman forward Holli Wilkins enters the 2013-14 season as the reigning Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, after the 5-foot-11 athlete out of Atlanta started in 25 of 29 games and averaged 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.&Wilkins also earned a place on the conference’s All-Freshman Team. Basketball runs in the family bloodline for Wilkins, who is the daughter of former NBA standout Gerald Wilkins and the niece of NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins.

Sports Category : Basketball (W)