No. 12 LSU women’s basketball looking to bounce back at Arkansas

The No. 12 LSU women’s basketball team travels to Arkansas looking to make amends for last Sunday’s road loss at Florida.

The Tigers (17-3, 5-2 in SEC) meet the Razorbacks (13-6, 3-3) at 7:30 Thursday at Bud Walton Arena on the SEC Network in a matchup of the two highest scoring teams in the SEC. The game will also be broadcast locally by 107.3-FM.

“They live by threes, layups and free throws,” LSU coach Kim Mulkey said. “It is an extremely difficult matchup for our bigs.”

LSU dropped a 73-72 against Florida where guard Khayla Pointer scored a career-high 35 points, becoming the first LSU player since Seimone Augustus in 2006 to score that many points.

“There’s nothing to change; It’s not broken,” Mulkey said. “We’re 17-3. We had a chance to win a game on the road in a very hard-fought game against a talented team that’s playing its best basketball.”

Pointer is just five rebounds shy of becoming the first player in LSU history with 1,500 points, 500 assists and 500 rebounds.

Arkansas will be another difficult road conference matchup with an offensive scheme that presents potential mismatches for LSU’s front court players.

Arkansas takes nearly half of its shots from beyond the three-point line and the Razorback make 34-percent of their attempted threes (No. 3 in the SEC). They make over 9 three-pointers per game, and they attempt close to 30 every game. Arkansas likes to shoot early in the shot clock and also use dribble penetration to score 76.05 points per game, right behind LSU’s SEC leading 76.4 points per game.

“We’ll try to be who we are and guard them,” Mulkey said. “If it doesn’t work then we’ll make adjustments. “They’ve got to guard us too.”

The Razorbacks get production from five players averaging double figures led by Makayla Daniels (14.7), Amber Ramirez (13.1), Sasha Goforth (11.6) and both Samara Spencer and Erynn Barnum (10.2 points per game).

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