No. 3 LSU returns home to host Arkansas in its first rematch of the Southeastern Conference season at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Peter Maravich Assembly Center.
The Tigers (18-0) are one of three teams tied for the conference lead at 6-0 and sophomore forward Angel Reese will try to gain a share of school history. She’s in pursuit of her a school-record 19th double-double, previously established by former All-American Sylvia Fowles.
Reese’s streak is the longest in conference history to start a season. She’s the league’s leading scorer (23.9) and rebounder (15.4).
“I’m just doing whatever it takes to win,” Reese said after Sunday’s win over Auburn. “I’m just happy to be mentioned with Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus – it’s really a blessing.”
The LSU-Arkansas game will be carried by the SEC Network and broadcast locally by 107.3-FM.
LSU, in its second season under coach Kim Mulkey, is ranked third for the first time since the 2005-06 season, the senior season of former All-American Seimone Augustus.
“We’ve got to get in the film room and watch their current games and then see how much they’ve improved,” Mulkey said of Arkansas. “Have they improved more than we have improved? That may be a good question. We’ll see.”
LSU opened SEC play Dec. 29 with a 69-45 win at Arkansas which was ranked No. 24 at the time. The Tigers owned a 62-30 advantage on the boards led by Reese and LaDazhia Williams with 16 and 15, respectively.
The Razorbacks (17-3, 4-1) defeated Vanderbilt, 84-81, when Makayala Daniels banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer on Monday.
Arkansas has a balanced scoring attack that features five players who average double figures led by Erynn Barnum (15.8 ppg).