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Women Struggle In Conference Play

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Guard Jordan Danberry bypases Bulldog guard Blair Schaefer on her way to the basket Jan. 31.

The women’s basketball team heads to Knoxville, Tennessee, on Thursday to take on the No. 19 Tennessee Volunteers. Then, they come back to Fayetteville to take on Vanderbilt on Monday.

Arkansas comes into the week on a three-game losing streak. Late last week, the Hogs took on the Florida Gators and led for most of the game before the Gators forced the game into overtime. They ultimately lost by a margin of 71-66 to push their losing streak to two.

Forward Jessica Jackson led the way for the Hogs with her 16-point and 10-rebound performance. Jackson’s double double was matched by center Alecia Cooley, who had 11 points of her own to go along with 10 boards.

Their latest loss came against No. 13 Mississippi State who took the Hogs down by a score of 65-55 on Sunday. The loss dropped Arkansas below .500 against Southeastern Conference opponents on the season. It was the second loss against Mississippi State on the season.

The Razorbacks shot just 30 percent from the field and scored only 18 points in the entire first half. Jackson was the high mark offensively as she scored 12 points, but she shot just 3-14 including 0-11 from two-point field goal range. The junior’s three makes came off of 3-pointers.

Three Razorback players fouled out, including Jackson. The Bulldogs made 21 free throws compared to Arkansas’ 14.

Tennessee is coming off a 70-42 win against the Alabama Crimson Tide that broke a two game losing streak of their own. The Volunteers have won just two of their last six conference matchups.

The Lady Vols are averaging 66 points per game and only give up about 58 to their opponents.

The Lady Vols are 26-3 in the conference series against Arkansas and have only ever lost one game in Knoxville when facing the Razorbacks. The Hogs did win the previous game against Tennessee earlier in the season.

That game featured Jackson, who scored 25 points, including three 3-point field goals and eight made free throws, and sophomore Devin Cosper, who contributed 11 points and four steals to aid the Hogs in taking down the No. 13 Lady Vols.

Guard Diamond DeShields led the Volunteers in scoring in the last matchup against the Hogs with 14 points.

Arkansas’ game against Vanderbilt is one of the last three home games for the Hogs. It will also be the first time these two teams play each other this season.

The Vanderbilt Commodores will be coming off of a game against the Auburn Tigers on Thursday before the travel to the UofA. Their leading scorer is Christa Reed, who is pouring in about 11 points per contest.

Vanderbilt has a 4-4 conference record similar to that of Arkansas. The Commodores have also gone .500 on the road so far this season with a 4-4 record. The Razorbacks are 8-4 in Bud Walton Arena.

The Razorbacks’ game versus the Volunteers will be streamed on SEC Network Plus while the contest against Vanderbilt will be broadcast on the SEC Network.


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