Preview – No. 17 Arkansas Set for Big Tests at San Diego Invitational

SAN DIEGO – The No. 17 Arkansas women’s basketball team (13-0) will wrap up what has been a successful non-conference slate with two games lined up at the San Diego Invitational. Arkansas will play No. 16 Oregon on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Central Time and will face off against either No. 3 Ohio State or USF on Wednesday at Pechanga Arena.


Vs. No. 16 Oregon
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 20
Time: 3 p.m. CT
Opponent: No. 16 Oregon

Vs. No. 3 Ohio State or USF
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 21
Time: If we win first game, 5:30 p.m. CT
If we lose first game, 3 p.m. CT
Location: Pechanga Arena (San Diego, Calif.)
Watch: FloHoops
Listen: Razorback Sports Network from Learfield
Arkansas Game Notes
USF Game Notes


  • Arkansas women’s basketball stays put in the national rankings, coming in at No. 17 in the AP Poll. This marks the third week Arkansas has been ranked in both polls. The Razorbacks were tabbed to No. 22 in the WBCA Coaches Poll for the second consecutive week as well
  • The Razorbacks are 13-0, which continues to be the best start in the Mike Neighbors era at Arkansas and is the best since 2013 (when that team started the year 13-0)
  • Arkansas’ 13 wins is the most among any NCAA DI, DII and DIII women’s basketball program, and now the program is one of 10 undefeated teams in the country
  • Arkansas is also one of three unbeaten teams in the SEC (South Carolina and LSU the other two)
  • The Arkansas athletic department is just one of seven in the country to have their men’s and women’s basketball programs in the top 25 and their football team bowl eligible
  • For just the third time in program history, the Razorbacks have started a season 13-0 (2007: 15-0 start and 2013: 13-0 start)
  • With a win on Tuesday, Arkansas will begin the year 14-0 for the first time since 2007 and second time in program history
  • Two wins at the San Diego Invitational would improve the Razorbacks’ record to 15-0, tying a school record for the best start in school history
  • The team has four players who average double digits in scoring
  • Samara Spencer leads Arkansas with 16.5 points per game and 57 total assists
  • Saylor Poffenbarger attacks the glass like nobody’s business, leading the team with 8.3 rebounds per game. She also leads the team in blocks (15)
  • Erynn Barnum has the most steals on the team with 21, while sitting second on the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game
  • Makayla Daniels and Chrissy Carr are also averaging double digits in scoring with 13.4 points and 12.2 points per game, respectively
  • Barnum’s field goal percentage continues to lead the SEC at .682, as well as No. 5 in the country
  • Nobody in the country gets to the free throw line like the Razorbacks, as the team is second in the country in free throw attempts per game (28.08)
  • In the SEC, Arkansas is No. 2 in 3-pointers per game (8.38), defensive rebound percentage (.755) and defensive rebounds per game (32.69)
  • Neighbors’ teams in the past few years have not been known for rebounding the ball effectively, but that has changed, as the Razorbacks have outrebounded opponents in 11 of 13 games. The team’s 32.7 defensive rebounds per game is the sixth most in the country


  • Oregon is No. 16 in the AP Poll and is 9-1 on the season with its only blemish coming against No. 8 North Carolina (85-79)
  • The Ducks were projected to finish second in the coaches poll and third in the media poll in the Pac-12. Oregon finished 20-12, 11-6 in the Pac-12, dropping their opening round in the NCAA Tournament to Belmont, 73-70 in double overtime
  • Te-Hina Paopao, Sedona Prince and Endyia Rogers were named to the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
  • Oregon has four players in double-digits in scoring like the Razorbacks, led by Rogers who averages 14.4 points per game and leads with 44 assists
  • Phillipina Kyei pulls downs 11.2 rebounds per game
  • Kelly Graves is one of the winningest active head coaches with a 583-238 overall record


  • Arkansas holds a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series, as the two teams will play one another for the fifth time
  • The Razorbacks won the last matchup played on Nov. 25, 2013, in Honolulu with a 79-67 victory
  • The first game in the series was played in 1984 in Las Vegas, resulting in a 65-54 win for Arkansas


  • Ohio State is No. 3 in the country, and coming into San Diego with an 11-0 record, as of 10 unbeaten teams in the country like Arkansas
  • The Buckeyes were selected to finish second in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches Poll and third in the Media Poll
  • Ohio State placed two on the Coaches and Media Preseason All-Big Ten Team, including Taylor Mikesell and Jacy Sheldon
  • Last season, the Buckeyes finished 25-7, 14-4 in the Big Ten, with their postseason ending at the NCAA Sweet 16
  • Mikesell leads with 18.4 points per game on a Buckeyes team that has five players averaging double figures
  • Taylor Thierry pulls down a team’s most 5.5 rebounds per game and Madison Greene has tallied 59 assists
  • Kevin McGuff knows how to win with a 410-189 overall record across 21 seasons, and 155 wins compared to 90 losses at Ohio State
  • McGuff has played a huge influence on head coach Mike Neighbors, with Neighbors on his staffs at Xavier and Washington before taking over for him in Seattle in 2013


  • Arkansas and Ohio State have played each other just once, with Arkansas earning the 86-80 victory in the 1995 WNIT


  • USF is one of the top teams out of the American Athletic Conference, coming into the tournament with a 10-3 record
  • The Bulls defeated No. 22/18 Texas (70-65), and hung tough against No. 8/10 NC State (65-67), No. 23 Villanova (72-50) and No. 22/23 Michigan (63-58)
  • USF is the favorite in the American, as the team was picked to win the conference with nine first-place votes
  • The Bulls got an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament last season, finishing the year 24-9 with a 12-3 league mark. USF lost to Miami 78-66 in the opening round of the tournament
  • Elena Tsineke was named the Preseason Player of the Year, as well as the All-Conference First Team
  • Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu was also named to the Preseason First Team
  • Tsineke leads the Bulls with 16.6 points per game
  • Fankam Mendjiadeu pulls down a team’s most 11.5 rebounds per game and Aerial Wilson has racked up 52 assists
  • Jose Fernandez is in his 23rd season at the helm and is a two-time American Coach of the Year, has guided his teams to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including seven in the past 10 years and has coached seven 20-win teams


  • Arkansas and USF have faced off once, back on Nov. 11, 2011, which resulted in a 65-61 overtime win for Arkansas in Daytona Beach, Florida


  • 21/22 Arkansas vs. No. 16 Creighton was a highly anticipated matchup that did not disappoint, as the Razorbacks kept their record perfect at 13-0 with an 83-75 win in Omaha
  • The Razorbacks held a hot-shooting Creighton team to 34.8 percent shooting from the field, 22.9 percent from beyond the arc
  • Four Razorbacks reached double digits in scoring with Spencer leading the way with 26 points and four rebounds and assists, a piece
  • Poffenbarger logged her third double-double of her career with 16 points and 11 rebounds
  • Barnum had 15 points, while Daniels registered 14 points in her first game back from injury
  • Arkansas made a season-high 12 3-pointers, while shooting 46.2 percent from beyond the arc


The Razorbacks kick off SEC play against LSU at Bud Walton Arena on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the game are still available and coverage of the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.


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