Coach Neighbors and the Arkansas Razorbacks have a very important week with two games against the bottom half of the conference. Sitting at 1-3 in SEC game and taking this win over Alabama tomorrow and a win over Miss State on Sunday could bring them back to .500 in competition play. Today, in the press conference, Neighbors said he was very pleased with their efforts against South Carolina and they fought their way back into the game and a few mental blunders gave Carolina the break they needed to extend the lead and clear the game. . South Carolina was able to keep Ramirez from looking tight and it really took the offense out of their rhythm. This team is used to adversity and change in the blink of an eye and that really helped them deal with a heavy loss and move on to the next.
The biggest key in the game against Bama is the shooting, Arkansas shot 17-60 against Carolina and bounced back 45-25. Makayla Daniels had a great performance from the foul line with 7-8 from the line and finished with 17 points. Amber Ramirez had 14 points, 5-8 from the field. Goforth, Spencer and Langerman have all shown that they are capable of scoring at will, getting them all going at the same time is a huge boost for this team. Another bright spot is Erynn Barnum, who has been out of the lineup, is back in training and day to day. Barnum was a defensive asset for Arkansas and also a ket rebounder. This week of preparing to rejoin the lineup will be a big addition to the starting rotation.
Alabama comes into play tomorrow in Tuscaloosa at 10-7 overall and 1-5 in SEC play. They are currently on a 4 game losing streak, with the team battling their own COVID issues, with no 4 players against Florida. Head Coach Kristy Curry said: “It’s been a challenge, but it’s just something that we don’t find excuses and we find positives.” “Looks like it’s got something new in store for us every day here lately, so we’re checking controls now and staying positive.” With all the Coach Curry said the team has not lost their lack of motivation and tried to improve every day. Alabama is led by security guard Brittany Davis. The 5-9 senior from Manchester, Ga averages 15.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Another player to look out for is Senior Megan Abrams, who averages just under 13 points per game and 37% of three.
Arkansas has had games where they start strong and score dryness for 2-3 minutes or they come out slow and pick it up and run away with a game. These next two matches will be critical to gaining their confidence and back in the victory column. Getting back to .500 in league play after Sunday is key, as there’s a three-game stretch in LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M after that.