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Razorbacks take balance into Pepperdine

12/01/2012
Athletic Communications
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas brings a three game winning streak into a 2 p.m. game hosting Pepperdine in non-conference action at Bud Walton Arena Sunday.

It is faculty/staff day as the 6-1 Razorbacks look to continue the balanced play this year.  The Razorbacks opened the week with a Thursday win, 72-50, over Texas Southern, a game in which four players scored in double figures. Three players, Keira Peak, Kelsey Hatcher and Sarah Watkins had 12 each for the Razorbacks while Dominique Wilson added 11 in the win.

Pepperdine is 2-4 on the year with the team’s most recent game a 70-51 loss at Washington.  Robie Mayberry leads the team with 14.2 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game.  Sha Cooney-Williams also averages double figures with 11.2 ppg.

Arkansas has been balanced all season with several players stepping up in different games this year.  Peak, the reigning SEC Player of the Week, posted a career-best 30 points against No. 13 Oklahoma.  Watkins scored 25 against Hawai’i the following night and several players have posted double-digit numbers in the first seven games.

“We knew coming into the season different players would have to step and score for us,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said.  “We lost a lot of scoring last year and we weren’t sure who the leaders would be.  I like the fact that several players have risen to the challenge and are filling those roles.  I hope as the season continues, opponents have to account for seven or eight different players.”

Arkansas faces Kansas Thursday at 7 p.m. in a game televised by Cox.  Arkansas then travels to Furman and follows with a three-game home swing over the holidays.


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