After a lackluster non-conference portion of the schedule that at one stretch saw Arkansas lose eight of nine games, the Razorbacks have turned their season around, going 3-1 over the past two weeks against four Top 25 teams and are the NCAA.com Team of the Week.
Behind junior forward Jessica Jackson, Arkansas posted a pair of statement wins at home this week over Tennessee and Missouri. The win over No. 13 Tennessee was the first against the Lady Vols in Fayetteville since 1996, and only the third ever over Tennessee. The Razorbacks improved to 8-10 overall and 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference, vaulting up the standings into a tie for third place. Even though it didn’t register at the time, Arkansas’ season may have turned a week earlier on Jan. 7, when the Razorbacks scored a 67-61 home win over Texas A&M.
Against Tennessee, Jackson topped the 20-point scoring mark for the seventh time this season and led three players in double figures with 25 points as Arkansas defeated the Lady Vols 64-59 on Jan. 14. She was joined in double figures by Devin Cosper with 11 and Jordan Danberry with 10 in the win.
The Razorbacks then defeated No. 24 Missouri on Sunday as Jackson again led the way with 15 points, while Alecia Cooley and Melissa Wolff had double-doubles to lead Arkansas to the 64-52 victory. Cooley had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Wolff 11 points and 10 boards.
Jackson, currently the only double figure scorer on the Arkansas roster, leads the team with an average of 17.4 points per game while pulling down 6.9 rebounds.
Arkansas returns to action Jan. 21 on the road at LSU.
Honorable mention teams of the week: Arkansas State, Baylor, Louisville, Montana State, Notre Dame, Ohio, St. Bonaventure and UC Riverside.