Little Rock (LR) women’s basketball enters the upcoming Sun Belt Championship a favorite, having notched a 15-9 record with 11 conference wins (at time of print).
LR, currently first in the Sun Belt, still has five conference games left to play against Arkansas State (ASU), Georgia Southern (Ga. So.), Georgia State (Ga. St.), Louisiana (ULL), and Louisiana-Monroe (ULM). But, what opponents could the Trojans face at the Sun Belt Tournament starting March 13?
Looking at the standings, the top and bottom of the conference are fairly close with ULL, ASU, ULM, and Ga. So. battling for the bottom two seeds with records of 7-17, 9-15, 8-15, and 7-17, respectively.
While LR currently leads the Sun Belt due to their conference record, Texas-Arlington, Troy, and South Alabama are hot on LR’s heels with better overall records at 19-6, 18-6, and 19-5, respectively.
Appalachian State (App. St.), Texas State (Texas St.), and Coastal Carolina make up the middle of the standings with records of 12-11, 11-14, and 13-10, respectively.
To succeed in the tournament, LR will rely on offensive stalwarts, senior Ronjanae DeGray and junior Kyra Collier. DeGray leads the Trojans with an average of 14.6 points-per-game, while Collier averages 13.9 points.
Guards Sydney Chastain and Tori Lasker will command the offense and run the floor. Chastain, a junior, averages 2.5 assists per game this season, while the sophomore Lasker leads the team with three assists per game.
DeGray also leads the Trojans with an average of 6.4 rebounds per game, while her sister, senior Raeyana DeGray averages 4.9 rebounds.
On the defensive end, LR will look to their steals leader Collier to force turnovers. Collier has tallied 53 steals this season, while sophomore Terrion Moore has notched 27, best for second on the team.
Recent history is on LR’s side and the team will rely on their prior experience and success in the Sun Belt Championship to guide them. In 2018, the Trojans entered the tournament 20-9 and notched victories against App. St. (66-34), Troy (66-63), and Texas St. (54-53) en route to the Sun Belt Championship and a place in the NCAA Tournament.
The Sun Belt Championship tips off with first round games on campus March 11, followed by games played in New Orleans starting March 13. All games can be viewed on ESPN+, while the final will be televised on ESPN2.