FAYETTEVILLE — Chelsea Dungee feels snubbed once more, and that didn’t work out properly for the remainder of the SEC final time.
Two years in the past, Dungee didn’t make All-SEC first workforce after averaging 20.5 factors per sport. She responded by main the College of Arkansas on a four-game Cinderella run to the SEC Match championship sport.
The senior acknowledged Tuesday she felt slighted once more, this time when she was denied SEC Participant of the 12 months honors. It would function motivation for her and the Razorbacks on this week’s SEC Match in Greenville, S.C., which begins at present with one sport. Arkansas is ready to face Ole Miss on Thursday at 7 p.m. Central.
“I believe they predetermine that with out even, you realize, the season even beginning, which doesn’t make sense to me to be sincere,” mentioned Dungee, who did earn All-SEC first-team honors this season. “However, hey, it’s what it’s. We now have a event to win, and I’m excited for this workforce and what we are able to do down in Greenville.”
Two years in the past, Dungee set a event document by scoring 103 factors (25.8 ppg) to steer Arkansas to the finals as a No. 10 seed earlier than falling to Mississippi State. That run bought the Razorbacks on the cusp of an NCAA Match bid, however they fell brief and settled for the WNIT.
Arkansas Coach Mike Neighbors mentioned it’s a unique mindset this 12 months with an NCAA bid clinched, so the Razorbacks is probably not as centered on the outcomes on the ground.
“It’s a unique method, however definitely we nonetheless know there’s significance down there,” he mentioned. “I don’t know that the scoreboard is as essential as at all times. How we play. How we deal with no matter circumstances are thrown at us. And staying wholesome. Ensuring we’re very, superb within the resorts.”
However he’s additionally blissful if Dungee is a bit more decided.
“If it places her hair on fireplace, that’s superb,” Neighbors mentioned. “I don’t suppose it’s a slight. I hope she doesn’t take it as that, but when it places a chip on her shoulder that’s OK.”
The No. 13 Razorbacks (19-7) have received seven of their final eight video games after some robust losses to start out convention play. They’re the No. 6 seed and face Ole Miss (10-10), the 11 seed, within the final ga. Recreation time is estimated to be 7 p.m. Arkansas was additionally introduced as a possible high 16 nationwide seed in a reveal Sunday afternoon with lower than two weeks earlier than Choice Monday.
The event begins at present with Florida taking up Auburn at 3 p.m. in the one sport. The winner of that sport faces Kentucky at midday on Thursday.
Dungee mentioned the main target this week can be to win the convention event and take into consideration the NCAA Match later.
“You retain it behind your thoughts, however we’ve bought to maintain enterprise first,” she mentioned. “We now have an opportunity to win it, and I don’t suppose that we are able to look previous that proper now. I believe that’s the place the primary focus must be. And I’m excited.
“We had been a ten seed and we made it to the finals [two years ago]. So I count on to be there once more this 12 months. We now have a greater workforce and we’re extra centered. We’ve been on this platform now for the final two years, so we all know what it takes to get there.”
Neighbors mentioned the group has stayed in a great thoughts body to complete robust, which was not simple.
“… To try this you’re continually strolling a razor-thin fringe of focus and preparedness and placing an excessive amount of stress on them,” Neighbors mentioned.
Arkansas defeated Ole Miss 84-74 two weeks in the past, and Dungee got here up large to the tune of a season-high 38 factors. Her efficiency was particularly massive since graduate switch Future Slocum didn’t play due to an sickness.
Dungee expects to be a focus for the protection of the Rebels, who upset No. 17 Kentucky to finish the common season Sunday. Ole Miss is led by 6-5 junior Shakira Austin, a switch from Maryland who additionally earned All-SEC first-team honors.
“I’ll undoubtedly be excessive on the scouting report,” Dungee mentioned with fun. “However having Future again takes among the stress off. She’s an important participant and she will rating the basketball.”
Ole Miss’ Madison Scott was named SEC Freshman of the 12 months on Tuesday. Austin and Scott each registered double-doubles within the final sport towards Arkansas.