Mason to redshirt 2019-20 season

By: Seth Campbell
Published: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Arkansas guard Jailyn Mason dribbles past an Arizona State defender during a game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Fayetteville.
Photo by David Beach
Arkansas guard Jailyn Mason dribbles past an Arizona State defender during a game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Fayetteville.

The Arkansas women's basketball team will continue to be without some senior leadership during the 2019-20 season.

Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors announced Wednesday that Jailyn Mason will redshirt this season.

Mason, a 5-9 guard from Mason, Ohio, tore a tendon in her foot during the offseason and has not played in a game this season. 

Mason figured to be an important piece to the Razorbacks' season after she shot better than 41 percent from the field last year and just under 39 percent from 3-point range. 

Both Neighbors and Mason knew that redshirting was a possibility, but they wanted to see how the healing process unfolded.

Thursday's Ticket

No. 21 Arkansas at No. 4 South Carolina

WHEN 6 p.m. Central

WHERE Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.

RECORDS South Carolina 14-1, 2-0 SEC; Arkansas 13-2, 1-1

SERIES Tied 18-18

RADIO Razorback Sports Network

TV SEC Network-Plus

"It's something we talked about from the beginning," Neighbors said. "She had an injury that requires some time to heal, some time to evaluate and see how it goes. It's gone really well, but it hasn't gone as fast."

Mason has handled the entire situation like an adult who is looking toward their future, not just right now, Neighbors added.

"It was very thought out," he said. "She's got a computer laptop full of questions. We've been talking about it every week since it happened."

With Mason redshirting the Razorbacks have been able to use her in different ways. 

"She's practicing full speed as the other team's best player," Neighbors said.

The Razorbacks have used Mason to prepare for a tough matchup tonight at South Carolina against the No. 4 Gamecocks.

Neighbors' squad beat South Carolina for the first time with him at the helm in the 2019 SEC Tournament, but the Razorbacks will have to play well to beat the Gamecocks this time around.

South Carolina (14-1) leads the league in blocks per game (8.2) and is second in the league in assists (16.5), field goal percentage (47 percent), rebounds (41.1) and steals (10.7). 

The Razorbacks are led by redshirt junior guard Chelsea Dungee, who is third in the SEC in scoring at 19.7 points per game.

The game will tip off at 6 p.m. on SEC Network+. The Razorbacks return home Sunday to face Missouri at 2 p.m. 

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