FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas women’s basketball Mentor Mike Neighbors will not consider he has to stress about his team’s emphasis for tonight’s SEC sport in Athens, Ga.
The No. 15 Razorbacks (11-5, 2-4 SEC) built national headlines last week with their unexpectedly scheduled recreation in opposition to 11-time nationwide winner Connecticut in Walton Arena on Thursday afternoon.
They 1st deal with No. 22 Ga (12-2, 4-2) at 6 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum with the video game broadcast on the SEC Network. Thinking of the Woman Bulldogs defeated Arkansas 64-55 previous year in Fayetteville, they will have the Razorbacks’ complete interest, Neighbors claimed.
“Georgia’s constantly specified us suits,” Neighbors mentioned. “They have acquired the components of definitely, seriously good defenders on the ball and bigs they can funnel them to and block pictures and lead to problems close to the basket.
“If it had been a unique opponent we coulda obtained caught in that probably. I”d have been a small little bit more anxious about it, but since Ga has crushed us the very last time we played and they are participating in nicely this yr.”
Arkansas, which hasn’t received in Athens because 2009, is coming off a 104-82 decline at No. 4 South Carolina last Monday. The Razorbacks stayed near for most of a few quarters just before the Gamecocks pulled absent.
This will be the sixth ranked opponent for the Razorbacks this time and that isn’t going to incorporate Tennessee, which was not in the Prime 25 when the Razorbacks performed the Woman Vols but has considering the fact that damaged into the poll. There are also now seven SEC groups ranked in The Associated Push poll.
“The league is as deep as it can be been due to the fact perhaps the late 90s,” Neighbors said. “I could make a scenario for 10 groups to get in the NCAA Match this calendar year, probably.”
The Bulldogs held Arkansas to 32% shooting, which includes 3 of 16 from three-point selection, in their get in Fayetteville last 12 months. The Razorbacks will never overlook that, Neighbors stated.
“We felt like they experienced totally taken us out of what we do,” Neighbors stated. “Little ones have a limited-time period memory when it will come to certain issues, but they’ve bought the means to bear in mind how things felt.”
Senior Chelsea Dungee has started off league engage in on a tear and prospects the league with a 25.2 level for each-game average in SEC play. The 5-11 guard has also produced a league-best 15 three-pointers.
The Razorbacks and the Bulldogs have a single thing in common. Both equally groups ended up crushed soundly not long ago by the Gamecocks and dominated by 6-5 sophomore Aliyah Boston. She had a double-double by halftime and concluded with 26 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocked photographs towards Arkansas, but managed a triple-double (16-11-10) towards Georgia on Thursday.
Ga was supposed to be coming off an open day like Arkansas but had its activity against South Carolina postponed earlier in the period mainly because of covid-19 problems within just the Gamecocks’ method. That could engage in in the Razorbacks’ favor since they are perfectly-rested, Neighbors stated.
The emergence offensively of senior guard Que Morrison is a single purpose why Ga is a much better crew this time, Neighbor explained.
Morrison was selected to the SEC All-Defensive group a year in the past, but she’s averaging 10 factors a recreation this year to go with staying a lock-down defender.
“Now you gotta guard this kid,” Neighbors claimed. “Utilized to you may well be equipped to double-team off her and not return as rapidly. I imagine that speaks to her maturity.”
Jenna Staiti, a 6-4 senior, has also been good offensively and defensively for the Bulldogs. She qualified prospects the staff in scoring (14.3) and rebounding (7.5), but also ranks second in the league in blocked pictures (2.7) guiding Boston and sixth in industry goal share (52.5%).
Managing Georgia’s significant middle will be a important for Arkansas, according to Neighbors.
“We’ve bought to make her score about us, not about us, and a very little bit more out than she would like to,” Neighbors claimed.
No. 15 Arkansas at No. 22 Georgia
Exactly where Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
WHEN 6 p.m. Central currently
Data Arkansas 11-5, 2-4 SEC Georgia 12-2, 4-2
Collection Georgia sales opportunities 35-6
RADIO Razorback Sporting activities Community
Television set SEC Community
POS. Name, HT, YRPPGRPG
G Future Slocum, 5-7, Sr.15.43.7
G Chelsea Dungee, 5-11, Sr.21.43.7
G Amber Ramirez, 5-9, Sr.12.32.7
G Makayla Daniels, 5-8, So.13.13.2
F Taylah Thomas, 6-1, Sr.5.16.3
Coach Mike Neighbors (70-46 in fourth year at Arkansas)
POS. Title, HT, YRPPGRPG
G Gabby Connally, 5-6, Sr.8.33.7
G Que Morrison, 5-7, Sr.10.15.1
G Maya Caldwell, 5-11, Sr.7.42.6
F Jordan Isaacs, 6-, So.4.42.7
C Jenna Staiti, 6-4, Sr.14.37.5
Coach Joni Taylor (110-60 in sixth time at Tennessee)
37.83-pt FG pct.35.
CHALK Chat The Woman Bulldogs have lost just two times to Arkansas in 19 online games in Athens, Ga. … Arkansas has not received at Ga since Feb. 8, 2009, a string of eight straight losses. … The Razorbacks dropped to No. 17 in the United states Currently Coaches Poll this week and at present are rated 28th in the Internet rankings.
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