Monk an ideal fit for coach's system

Posted: February 28, 2018 at 2:18 a.m.

Arkansas' Malica Monk plays against Missouri Monday Feb. 12, 2018 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

Malica Monk smiles when asked about Arkansas women's basketball Coach Mike Neighbors' fast-paced offense.

At a glance

SEC Tournament

At Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.

Today

Game 1 Vanderbilt vs. Arkansas, 11 a.m.

Game 2 Florida vs. Ole Miss, 1 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 Kentucky vs. Alabama, noon

Game 4: Texas A&M vs. Game 1 winner, 2 p.m.

Game 5 Auburn vs. Tennessee, 6 p.m.

Game 6 Missouri vs. Game 2 winner, 8 p.m.

Friday

Game 7 Mississippi State vs. Game 3 winner, noon

Game 8 LSU vs. Game 4 winner, 2 p.m.

Game 9 South Carolina vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.

Game 10 Georgia vs. Game 6 winner, 8 p.m.

Saturday

Game 11 Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 12 Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday

Championship game, 3:30 p.m.

Malica Monk at a glance

School Arkansas

Height 5-5

Class Junior

Notable Leads Arkansas in scoring this season, averaging 15.9 points per game after averaging just 9.1 as a sophomore. … Scored in double figures in 27 of 29 games this season. … Has now started 56 games over the past two seasons. … Leads team in steals (1.55 per game) and assists (3.9) this season.

Today's Game

Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt

WHEN 11 a.m. Central

WHERE Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.

RECORDS Arkansas 12-17; Vanderbilt 7-23

SERIES Vanderbilt leads 25-8

TELEVISION SEC Network

RADIO Razorback Sports Network

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

ARKANSAS

POS NAME, HT, YR PPG RPG

G Malica Monk, 5-5, Jr. 15.9 3.4

G Jailyn Mason, 5-9, So. 11.0 4.0

G Devin Cosper, 5-10, Sr. 14.1 5.8

F Bailey Zimmerman, 6-0, Jr. 4.3 3.3

C Kiara Williams, 6-1, So. 7.9 6.8

COACH Mike Neighbors (12-17 in first season at Arkansas, 110-58 overall in fifth season)

VANDERBILT

POS, NAME, HT, YR PPG RPG

G Chelsie Hall, 5-7, Fr. 12.1 3.4

G Cierra Walker, 5-8, Soph. 8.7 2.7

G Christa Reed, 5-11, Sr. 10.3 3.6

F Kayla Overbeck, 6-1, Soph. 9.7 4.7

F Autumn Newby, 6-2, Fr. 5.3 6.8

COACH Stephanie White (21-39 in second season at Vanderbilt and overall)

TEAM COMPARISON

ARK VAN

67.0 Points for 68.9

73.3 Points against 78.9

-5.9 Rebound margin -5.5

+2.2 Turnover margin -3.7

36.6 FG pct. 45.0

28.8 3-pt pct. 38.1

67.3 FT pct. 73.2

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