Tigers Look to Keep Streak Alive at Arkansas

The unbeaten Auburn women's basketball team returns to action on Sunday.

Auburn, Ala.--After a week layoff from competition, the sixth-ranked Auburn women's basketball team will put its perfect record on the line vs. Arkansas on Sunday at Bud Walton Arena.

The Tigers, who are 17-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC, will take on an opponent that is 0-2 in the league and 11-6 overall. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CST.

Auburn is going for its fourth straight victory in the series. The teams last met in the second round of the SEC Tournament last year with Nell Fortner's Tigers taking a 74-51 victory. Auburn leads the overall series 15-9 and has won seven of the last 10 matchups.

Commenting on whether or not there is more pressure on her team trying to avoid a first loss, Fortner says, "There really isn't added pressure. I feel like we are playing well and we are just keep going out and playing hard.

"We just do all the little things like finish a play out, box out, finish things out on each end of the floor," the coach adds. "I don't feel any pressure and neither do they, we are just going out and playing and having fun."

Coach Nell Fortner

Senior DeWanna Bonner is leading the Tigers and the SEC in scoring at 20.0 points per game and is averaging 8.5 rebounds per contest.

Sophomore guard Alli Smalley is scoring 12.9 points per contest for the Tigers while senior guard Sherell Hobbs is just behind at 12.8 per outing. Senior point guard Whitney Boddie is scoring 9.8 points with 7.7 assists per game, which ranks her second nationally.

The Razorbacks, who are 8-2 in home games this season, are led by 5-9 freshman guard Ceira Ricketts, who is scoring 13.1 points per game with 5.9 rebounds per contest. Ayana Brereton, and 5-10 senior guard, and Lyndsay Harris, a 5-9 freshman guard, are scoring 10.2 points per game and Whitney Jones, a 6-0 senior forward, is scoring 10.1 with a team-leading 7.5 rebounds.

If the Tigers win on Sunday they would improve to 3-0 to start league play for just the fifth time.

Following Sunday's game, the Tigers will be home for two games with Alabama coming in on Thursday evening and Tennessee visiting Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

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