NASHVILLE, Tennessee — If any team needed a week-long break, it was Vanderbilt women’s basketball.
The understaffed Commodores have played with just eight active players on the roster for most of the season. Vanderbilt (9-9, 0-4 SEC) will return to the SEC game after a bye week to face Arkansas (14-3, 3- 1 SEC) to compete.
Every Vanderbilt player on the lineup averages at least 18.3 minutes per game, led by Ciaja Harbison (36.0) and Marnelle Garraud (34.5). The Graduate Guards moved to Vanderbilt for their final collegiate season and have played important roles for the Dores in a variety of ways.
Earlier in the week, Harbison ranked second in the SEC in points per game (19.3) and third in assists per game (4.9). She was fourth in the SEC with total points (289) despite missing three games with an injury.
Garraud is averaging 13.1 points per game and leads the team with Harbison in steals (31). Garraud entered the week as the SEC leader in 3 points with 47 and ranked eighth in the conference in 3 point percentage (39.8).
Sophomore forward Sacha Washington is averaging 10.1 points and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds per game, which ranked ninth in the SEC at the start of the week. The 6-foot-2 Washington was ranked No. 6 in the SEC with 136 total rebounds, and she ranked fourth in total blocks (28) and seventh in blocks per game (1.6).
Vanderbilt leads the all-time streak 26-11. Teams are tied 8-8 when playing in Fayetteville. Vanderbilt won last year’s meeting in Nashville. The Razorbacks have won three of the last four against the Dores.
Arkansas got off to its best start in the SEC game since 2005-06 after beating Missouri 77-55 last Sunday.
The Razorbacks are averaging 76.9 points per game, with four players scoring in double digits — redshirt senior forward Erynn Barnum (15.6), sophomore guard Samara Spencer (15.0), senior guard Makayla Daniels (13.3) and redshirt senior Guard Chrissy Carr (11.5). . Barnum started the week leading the SEC in field goal percentage (62.7).
Redshirt freshman guard Saylor Poffenbarger is averaging a team-leading 7.9 rebounds, which ranks fifth in the SEC, while averaging 9.8 points per game.
The Razorbacks lead the SEC in 3-point attempts per game (26.8) and rank second in makes (8.5) while shooting from deep 31.8 percent.