Razorbacks Face TSU’s Tigers After Hawaii Trip
The Arkansas women’s basketball team returns to Bud Walton Arena Thursday after their trip to Hawaii.
After a tough stretch of games far from home, the Razorbacks get a break against the Texas Southern Lady Tigers.
This game for the Lady Tigers will also be the first game back on the mainland as they return from the Grand Bahamas Junkanoo Jam against Texas El-Paso and Arizona in Grand Lucayan, Bahamas.
The Razorbacks have shown a strong offense this season, averaging nearly 79 points per game, with a season high of 97 against Jackson State.
Arkansas has had three players averaging double figures so far this season, led by Junior Keira Peak with 16.5 points per game.
Calli Berna, a sophomore from Fayetteville, and senior Quistelle Williams are also in double figures averaging 13.5 and 12.5 points per game, respectively.
The Razorbacks also got a recent scoring spark from Sarah Watkins, who scored 25 points in her first game off the bench this season in an 83-68 victory over Hawaii.
The Lady Tigers have had much less scoring this season and have relied much more on their defense.
Texas Southern has only averaged 53.3 points per game with a season high of 68 in their lone win over Norfolk State.
No player for them is averaging over 10 points. They are led by fifth-year senior Brijan Turner with 9.7 points per game.
Teera Williams and Janelle McQueen also average 9.0 points a game for the Lady Tigers.
One aspect where the Lady Tigers are statistically close to the Hogs is rebounding. The Tigers average 36.7 rebounds while the Hogs average 39.8.
Arkansas has three prolific rebounders. Q. Williams leads the team with 7.4 and Peak and Jhasmin Bowen average 6.4 rebounds per game.
The Lady Tigers are led by T. Williams in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds, while Gianne Fleming and Morgan Simmons average 6.0 and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Arkansas also distributes the ball better than the Tigers. The Hogs average over 15 assists per game while Texas Southern only averages 8.3.
Defensively, Texas Southern has allowed less points per game with 59.3 compared to the Razorbacks’ 61 points per game.
The Tigers have also had 16 blocks on the season compared to Arkansas’ 13.
For Arkansas, this is the beginning of the final stretch of the nonconference schedule with six of the next seven games at home.
They include a game at home against the Kansas Jayhawks and a trip to face the Furman Paladins.
For Texas Southern, this is the beginning of a four-game road trip with a trip to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State following the game against the Hogs.