Arkansas Must Wait After Loss To State

FAYETTEVILLE — The opening week of Southeastern Conference play is one the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks would soon like to forget. Unfortunately for the Lady'Backs, they'll have to sit around awhile before getting a chance to improve their situation.

With no midweek game this week, Arkansas is forced to vent a little longer than usual after its back-to-back losses against Vanderbilt and Mississippi State before finally taking the court again Sunday at Auburn. "You suffer for a long time if you're a coach," Arkansas' Susie Gardner said. "Players, they get over it. By this afternoon, they'll be fine. But as a coach, you watch tape and unfortunately, we're not even in school. "You know, this team has opportunities. We started 15-1 and we have a chance to be one of the great Arkansas teams. I'm just not sure some of these young players understand these opportunities don't come every day. You have to grasp it when they're there and so far we have not grasped that opportunity." Gardner's main frustration was the result of Arkansas' 81-73 upset loss at home against Mississippi State on Sunday. Playing a Lady Bulldogs team which had been defeated by the likes of Belmont, Alabama-Birmingham and Southern Miss, the Lady'Backs came out flat and were outplayed by Mississippi State (10-5, 1-0) in almost all phases of the game. Dominated on the boards, ineffective on offense — and defense — and poor decision-making eventually cost Arkansas (15-3, 0-2), as the Lady Bulldogs used a 9-2 run in the final 1 minute, 29 seconds to pull out the win. "Without question, the defense, the poor decisions at critical times and losing a 10-point lead (are most frustrating)," Gardner said. "You don't lose a 10-point lead at home and survive." With the two losses this week, Arkansas falls from No. 20 to 25th in the latest Associated Press poll. But rankings mean nothing unless the Lady'Backs can find a way to get back on track in the SEC. After a short wait, Arkansas begins its attempt to right the ship Sunday at Auburn. "We watched tape after the Vanderbilt game and I felt good after that," Gardner said. "But obviously we'll need to go back and watch tape after this game and see what we're still doing wrong." SUNDAY'S TICKET NO. 25 ARKANSAS AT AUBURN WHEN: 2 p.m., Sunday WHERE: Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, Auburn, Ala. RADIO: Lady Razorback Radio Network; KAYH 89.3 FM, KXUA 88.3 FM, KFPW 1230 AM, KABZ 103.7 FM TV: None Coaches: Arkansas, Susie Gardner (fourth season); Auburn, Nell Fortner (third season)

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