Preview – Hogs Host #2 UCLA for Red Out Game


FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas women’s basketball (7-1) is set for another tough test as the Hogs host No. 2 UCLA (6-0) on Sunday afternoon. Coming off the team’s first ranked win of the season, the Hogs will now look to achieve the highest ranked win in program history and best since 2003 as Arkansas and the Bruins tip off at 2pm on SECN+. The game will serve as a Red Out as the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt and pumps.

GAME INFORMATION

Dates: Sunday, December 3
Time: 2 p.m
Opponent: #2 UCLA
Location: Bud Walton Arena (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Promotions: Red Out the Bruins (first 1,000 fans get free red t-shirts and pumps) and Signature Sunday (autographs with the team after the game)
Watch: SECN+
Listen: Razorback Sports Network from Learfield
Arkansas game notes
UCLA Notes
Live stats

STORY LINES

  • Arkansas is coming off a huge ranking win over No. 15 Florida State in the SEC/ACC Challenge, 71-58. That win was a big one, helping the SEC come back from a 6-1 deficit in the challenge to tie the game at 7-7
  • The Hogs started the season 7-1 for the second straight year, which also marks the 19th time Arkansas has started its season with seven wins in its first eight contests
  • Arkansas hosts No. 2 UCLA, who enters Bud Walton with an unblemished 6-0 mark
  • The Hogs are no strangers to beating top-five opponents at home, defeating #4 Baylor (W, 83-78) and #3 UConn (W, 90-87) both during the 2020-21 season in Fayetteville
  • Arkansas has an opportunity to beat the No. 2 team in the country for the second time in school history. A win over the Bruins would match the highest-ranked win streak in school history. The Hogs beat No. 2 LSU on Jan. 19, 2003 in Fayetteville, the highest-ranked win in program history
  • In the Mike Neighbors era at Arkansas, the program has eight big-time wins over AP-ranked opponents, including now seven in the top 16 with this win over FSU
  • Coach Neighbors has two top-five wins at Arkansas with a chance to increase that to three with a win over No. 2 UCLA. The win would be Neighbors’ biggest of his head coaching career, with his current biggest win coming over No. 3 Stanford (2/9/13) while he was Washington’s head coach in 2013-14
  • Arkansas still has an eight-game winning streak at home dating back to last season, when the Hogs beat Texas A&M under Bud Walton, 78-65. A win would extend that streak to nine straight home wins
  • Seiler Poffenbarger is coming off of breaking the school record for individual tackles with 23 against Florida State. Those 23 boards are the most pulled down by a male or female player in NCAA DI and DII. She is third in rebounds/game (12.6) and second in defensive boards per game (10.4) in the NCAA
  • The leading scorer for the Hogs since the first game of the season is Talia Scott. She leads the SEC with 23.3 points per game along with the league’s most free throws made (46) and free throws attempted (52), with her free throws tied for third in the country. Scott’s scoring average is sixth best in the nation, while her total score of 186 is second best behind Caitlin Clark
  • Samara Spencer just surpassed 1,000 career points, doing so in her home state of Florida to become the 33rd member of the Arkansas 1K Club, the sixth in the Neighbors era. She leads the team in assists with 29. Her 279 career assists are now No. 16 on the all-time career list at Arkansas
  • Makayla Daniels and Poffenbarger are tied for the most steals on the team with 12 apiece
  • Poffenbarger is also tied with Sasha Goforth for the most blocks on the team with 13. Goforth has decided to retire from basketball again with no timetable for a return
  • The Hogs were picked to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, in the SEC preseason media and coaches poll
  • Daniels was named to the All-SEC Preseason Second Team as selected by the league’s coaches. Her 1,552 career points are the 10th most points scored by an Arkansas WBB player in school history and she now holds the record for most career starts with 130

INTELLIGENCE UCLA

  • UCLA is not only the team to beat in the Pac-12, but the team to look for to make the Final Four, being listed in several preseason Final Four predictions
  • Bruins have big wins over Purdue (W, 92-49), Princeton (77-74) and No.6/7 UConn (W, 78-67)
  • Last season, UCLA finished the year 27-10, 11-7 in the Pac-12 to finish fourth in the league. The Bruins reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed before dropping a game to South Carolina, 59-43
  • UCLA was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 in both the media and coaches polls with 10 first-place votes in the media poll and three in the coaches poll. Kiki Rice and Charisma Osborne were named to the Pac-12 preseason all-conference team. Rice finished his year on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team averaging 11.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game with 111 assists. Osborne is in his fifth season coming off the 2022-23 season, averaging 15.9 points and 5.9 boards per game with 52 total steals
  • Averaging 91.2 points per game, which is ninth in the NCAA, the Bruins have five players averaging double figures, led by Gabriela Jaques, who scores 16.2 points per game
  • Stanford transfer Lauren Betts is a threat in multiple areas of the court, leading the team with 8.7 rebounds per game and eight total blocks
  • Rice leads the Bruins with 41 total assists and 11 steals
  • Cory Close is in her 13th season at the helm of UCLA and has 266 head coaching victories, all in Westwood, leading her teams to nine postseason appearances, seven of which have been in the NCAA Tournament. She led her UCLA teams to four Sweet 16s and one Elite 8 while advancing past the first round each year

HISTORY AGAINST THE BRUINS

  • The only meeting between these two teams was in the first round of the NCAA Tournament hosted in Fayetteville when there was a field of 48 teams
  • Arkansas won that meeting 90-80 in overtime on March 14, 1990 in the first time Arkansas hosted an NCAA Tournament game. The Hogs overcame a 10-point deficit late in that game and Director of Operations Amber Shirey scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Hogs to the overtime victory

LAST TIME OUT

  • Arkansas picks up huge road win over No. 15 Florida State in SEC/ACC Challenge, 71-58
  • The Hogs led by as many as 23 points while outscoring the Seminoles 24-6 in the third quarter
  • FSU entered the game averaging 88.0 PPG on a .423 field goal percentage, but the Hogs held FSU to just 58 points and 28.6 percent shooting (although the Noles shot 57.1 percent from the field in the fourth quarter)
  • Breaking a 35-year-old school record, Poffenbarger recorded 23 rebounds and matched them with 13 points for his second double-double of the season. She also had two assists, two steals and three blocks
  • Scott has led the Hogs in scoring in all but one game this season, going 24 points, four rebounds and two assists
  • Spencer became the 33rd member of the 1,000-point club at Arkansas after a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. She finished with 24 points to go along with a season-high six assists and four boards
  • Daniels led the Hogs in +/- with a +15 while notching 10 points and six rebounds
  • Mariam Dauda was stellar in the Hogs’ defensive effort, registering six points, six rebounds and two blocks, while Emre Ellis recorded three blocks, her third career 3+ block game
  • The Hogs’ 13 triples were a season high and fourth 10+ triple game of the young season

UPCOMING

The Hogs’ home game against the Bruins is the first of three straight games at Bud Walton for Arkansas, with the Hogs next hosting Louisiana Tech on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. Coverage of this match will be broadcast on SECN+.

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