LSU women's basketball vs. Arkansas: Score prediction, scouting report
BATON ROUGE – It's the first rematch of the SEC season for LSU women's basketball.
Arkansas (17-3, 4-1) comes calling to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Thursday night (8 p.m., SEC Network) against No. 3 LSU (18-0, 6-0), less than a month after a meeting in Fayetteville.
The Tigers knocked off the then-No. 24 Razorbacks, 69-45, in their first ranked matchup of the season. At the time, many around the sport of women's college basketball had lingering questions regarding the Tigers and how good they may be in Kim Mulkey's second season.
LSU is off to the program's best start at 18-0 and is riding the longest win streak in the program's history. The streak includes the 30-point home win over Auburn Sunday. But as Mulkey and her players have said, far more questions need to be answered.
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"We haven't done anything, really," Mulkey said. "We've won 18 games. That's impressive, I get it. We've beaten those we're supposed to beat and we've beat them handily. But this is my only second year here. We've got a long way to go."
Since their loss to LSU, the Razorbacks have won four straight games.
LSU Tigers must hold Arkansas below 30 percent shooting from perimeter
Under Mike Neighbors, Arkansas's offense has revolved around the 3-point shot. And his teams are good at it.
In the first meeting, Mulkey's bunch limited the Razorbacks to just 6-of-26 from behind the arc, a 23% clip far below their season average. During Arkansas' four-game win streak, Makayla Daniels, Samara Spencer and Chrissy Carr have re-established some firepower from deep.
And since the Tigers needed to prepare for the Razorback's 3-point attack, they've settled in defending the arc, allowing 25-of-96 3's (26 percent) made in the last five SEC games.
LaDazhia Williams needs another strong rebounding performance
The Tigers' senior forward helped sparked her team in the first matchup at Arkansas. She gathered six offensive rebounds, one behind star Angel Reese, and had 15 total boards, also one behind Reese.
And because of the attention Reese draws, Williams will have another opportunity to clean up plenty around the rim. Williams has posted five rebounds per game after her 15-rebound performance against the Razorbacks and her team will need more than five battling against Erynn Barnum and Saylor Poffenbarger for Arkansas the second time around.
LSU 76, Arkansas 62: The Tigers win their 19th consecutive game. Arkansas has no answer defensively for Reese, and the surge of LSU's perimeter defense is timely for this matchup.
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