Razorback women picked 5th in preseason poll

By: Seth Campbell
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Arkansas' Cheksea Dungee, right, and Malica Monk celebrate after an NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference women's tournament Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
Arkansas' Cheksea Dungee, right, and Malica Monk celebrate after an NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference women's tournament Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

— Arkansas women's basketball coach Mike Neighbors said last week that he didn't believe his team would be picked with a double-digit number beside its name in the preseason SEC poll.

He was right.

On Tuesday, the Razorbacks were picked fifth in the preseason media poll. That is up six spots from where Arkansas was predicted to finish last season, when they finished 10th overall with a 6-10 record in league play.

Arkansas was 20-14 overall last season and played in the third round of the WNIT.

The Razorbacks return redshirt junior guard Chelsea Dungee, who has made a jump into the preseason watch lists. Dungee was on the SEC's preseason first team and also received a vote to be the SEC's player of the year.

Dungee will look to improve on last season when she set the school record for scoring in a single season with 759 points, broke the school record for free throws made in a single season with 229, set the single-game record for most points in Bud Walton Arena against an SEC opponent (41) and was the first Razorback in 13 years to score in double digits more than 30 times.

The Razorbacks have not had a player finish the season on the All-SEC first team since Jessica Jackson in 2016. The Razorbacks had not had a player picked to the preseason first team media poll since C'eira Ricketts in 2012.

The Razorbacks are scheduled to play an exhibition game against Pittsburg State on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Bud Walton Arena.

The regular season is scheduled to begin Friday, Nov. 8 with a game against New Orleans at 10:30 a.m.

Predicted Order of Finish

1 South Carolina

2 Texas A&M

3 Mississippi State

4 Kentucky

5 Arkansas

6 Tennessee

7 Auburn

8 LSU

9 Missouri

10 Georgia

11 Alabama

12 Florida

13 Ole Miss

14 Vanderbilt

Preseason All-SEC First Team

Chelsea Dungee, Arkansas (1)

Rhyne Howard, Kentucky (2)

Ayana Mitchell, LSU

Tyasha Harris, South Carolina

Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M (14)

- Parentheses indicate number of votes for SEC player of the year

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