The University of Arkansas (UA) will welcome Stephen F. Austin (SFA) to Fayetteville on Wednesday in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). The Razorbacks, who are the number five seed in the tournament, are poised to face their toughest test yet in the Lumberjacks, the number four seed.
After securing a first-round victory in the WNIT with a 73-68 win over the UT Martin Skyhawks, the Razorbacks are looking to continue their Cinderella story and advance to the quarterfinals. UA enters the matchup having won five of its last six games, and SFA is coming off a 70-60 win over the Northwestern State Lady Demons in the first round.
Arkansas boasts a deep lineup of experienced players, led by senior guard Chelsea Dungee. Dungee, who averages 18.6 points per game, is the centerpiece of the Razorbacks’ offense, and her leadership and ability to score in bunches have been essential to the team’s success this season. If Arkansas is to advance to the next round, it will need Dungee to be at her best.
The Razorbacks will also need to be sharp on defense against the Lumberjacks, who are one of the most efficient offensive teams in the tournament. SFA averages 67.3 points per game and has four players averaging double figures. Arkansas’ ability to contain the Lumberjacks’ offense could be the difference in the game.
Wednesday’s matchup will be a marquee game for both teams and the first step for either side in its quest for the WNIT championship. Arkansas and SFA will be looking to make a statement at Bud Walton Arena, and the winner will move one step closer to achieving its goal.
The second-round contest between the Razorbacks and the Lumberjacks is set to tip off at 7 p.m. Central Time. Arkansas’ bid to continue its Cinderella story in the WNIT will be put to the test when it hosts SFA for a matchup that is sure to be an exciting one.