Lady'Backs Hope To Forget Vandy Debacle
"We can't keep our heads down," Arkansas junior post Lauren Ervin said. "The game is over with and there's nothing we can do about the loss." Ervin is right. The Lady'Backs (18-5, 3-4 in the Southeastern Conference) can't do anything about Sunday's defeat now, but they do something about the way they played. In a 61-34 setback against Vanderbilt, Arkansas made just 10 of 46 field shots. The 21.7 shooting percentage set a low for a Lady'Backs team in an SEC game. And while Arkansas did force the Commodores into several mistakes on their own offensive end, it was hard to look past the Lady'Backs' worst shooting night of the season. "We were focused, we were ready," Arkansas senior Sarah Pfeifer said. "We had pretty good practices coming into this game, we just didn't execute when it came time to do it." No matter how ugly the loss might have been, the Lady'Backs cannot afford to wallow in any self-pity now. Especially with a crucial trip to Mississippi State awaiting Arkansas on Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs (14-8, 4-3) surprised Arkansas, 81-73, back on Jan. 7 in Fayetteville. But if the Lady'Backs hope to keep serious NCAA Tournament hopes alive, they better turn the tables on Mississippi State. To do that, Arkansas knows it must forget what happened Sunday. "We have some really big games coming up, especially this next one with Mississippi State," Ervin said. "All we can do is take it a game at a time and get over it and prepare for Mississippi State." UP NEXT ARKANSAS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE WHEN: 8 p.m., Thursday WHERE: Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Miss. RADIO: Lady Razorback Radio Network; KAYH 89.3 FM, KXUA 88.3 FM, KFPW 1230 AM, KABZ 103.7 FM TV: Fox Sports Net HEAD COACHES: Arkansas, Susie Gardner (fourth season); Mississippi State (12th season)
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