FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas Women’s Basketball Coach Mike Neighbors didn’ go cupcake hunting when SEC foe Vanderbilt cancelled its season because too many Commodores contracted or were contact traced to he covid-19 coronavirus.
Neighbors announced Wednesday the Razorbacks are replacing Vanderbilt with perpetual women’s power Connecticut in a 4 pm. Jan. 28 ESPN2 nationally televised nonconference game at Walton Arena.
“We entered this season knowing cancellation of games could be a possibility, so we started early conversations with our friends in the game that had a similar desire to play the best competition possible with COVID protocols in mind,” Neighbors said. “When Vanderbilt opted out of the season Monday, we were lucky enough that UConn had a common open date as ours. A few texts and a couple of calls later, we got it all set. We are so proud of our team for wanting to play against the best teams in the country.”
UConn’s Huskies, with a record 11 national championships in their women’s basketball trophy case, currently ranks third nationally.
Arkansas ranks 15th nationally.