Vanderbilt WBB Preview: Arkansas

The Vanderbilt Commodore women visit Arkansas on Monday. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the Razorbacks.

Arkansas has struggled throughout much of this season. The Hogs had a six-game losing streak before conference play began and  most recently have lost four games in a row. Consider though that two of those four recent losses were in overtime.  Also, before declaring this a likely easy road win, notice the two Arkansas home victories over Tennessee and Texas A&M.  

Six-foot-3 sophomore forward Jessica Jackson leads the Razorbacks in scoring.  Jackson, who is fourth in the SEC in points scored per game, scored 18 points in the Razorback's recent loss at Tennessee.  

Jackson leads the Razorback women in 3-point shooting, making almost 34 percent.  Six-foot-3 center Alecia Cooley is the most accurate Hog from the field. 

Forward Melissa Wolff leads the Razorbacks in rebounding averaging nearly eight per game. Guard Kelsey Brooks leads the team in assists.   Jackson has the most blocks while the team's second leading scorer, guard Devin Cosper leads the Hogs in steals. 

Looking at the Vandy-Arkansas stats comparison, the Commodores lead in points scored, scoring defense, all shooting categories, assists, and have a stronger RPI. The Razorbacks have the edge in rebounding and steals.

Because this is a road game, this contest could go either way.  Look for the Hogs to press for most of the game like we saw at Ole Miss and Auburn. The score will probably be very close late in the game. The Commodore women have to be resilient and make some plays on both ends of the court. Smart, heady play along with good hustle could sway the game in Vandy's favor. 

Monday's game tips off at 6 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network


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