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Arkansas at Flint Hills Islander Classic

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Arkansas at Flint Hills Islander Classic

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KHOZ (900 AM), Harrison (LIVE)

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ARKANSAS LADY RAZORBACKS (2-0, 0-0 SEC)

POSSIBLE STARTERS

F/P 1 Kristin Moore 6-1 JR Chicago, Ill. (John Hope) 7.5 6.5

F 14 Danielle Allen 6-0 SO Harrison, AR (Harrison) 14.5 5.5

G 4 Kristin Peoples 5-7 SO Westerville, OH (Brookhaven) 11.5 2.5

G 12 Sheree Thompson 5-10 JR McComb, MS (NW-Shoals) 5.5 4.0 5.5s

G 21 Rochelle Vaughn 5-9 JR Plano, TX (Plano West) 10.0 1.0 6.0a

OFF THE BENCH

P 11 Kristina Andjelkovic 6-2 JR Belgrade, Serbia (Chipola JC) 1.0 1.5

P 55 Ruby Vaden 6-3 JR Osceola, Ark, (High) 11.5 3.0

F 32 Christina Lawrence 6-0 FR Sullivan, MO (High) 0.0 0.0

F 33 Sarah Pfeifer 6-0 SO Ozark, Ark. (High) 5.0 1.5

G 15 Allison Singleton 5-5 SR Fort Smith, AR (Southside) 0.0 0.0

G 22 April Seggebruch 5-10 SR Cissna Park, IL (Wabash Valley) 7.5 5.5

G 25 Brittney Vaughn 5-7 FR Plano, TX (Plano West) 7.0 3.0 3.5a

G 44 Adrienne Bush 5-8 SR Russellville, AR (High/SMS) 0.0 0.0

ELIGIBLE AT MIDTERM

G/F 23 Melissa Hobbs 6-0 JR Woodward, OK (High/Colo.)

HEAD COACH: Susie Gardner (Second year at Arkansas, 18-12; eighth overall, 130-104)

#16 PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (1-0, 0-0 Big 10)

POSSIBLE STARTERS

F 35 Erin Lawless 6-2 SO Berwyn, IL (Fenwick) 22.0 4.0

C 52 Emily Heikes 6-0 SR Palos Hills, IL (Stagg) 10.0 13.0

G/F 1 Katie Geralds 6-1 SO Beech Grove, IN (High) 4.0 7.0 8.0a

G 21 Ashley Mays 5-8 JR Indianapolis, IN (Warren Cent.) 2.0 5.0

G 43 Sharika Webb 5-9 JR Indianapolis, IN (Cathedral) 6.0 3.0 8.0a

OFF THE BENCH

F 3 Natasha Bogdanova 6-4 FR Toronto, ON (Charlotte Chr.) 23.0 4.0

F 5 Aya Traore 6-1 JR Dakar Senegal (Dixie St.) 15.0 7.0

F 24 Kiki Freeman 6-1 FR Saginaw, MI (Arthur Hill) 8.0 2.0

G 11 Brina Pollack 5-8 FR Marlboro, NJ (High) 4.0 3.0

HEAD COACH: Kristy Curry (137-31, sixth season at Purdue)

ABOUT THE GAME: Arkansas heads on the road for the first time this season to take on top 25 Purdue in the opening round of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Thanksgiving Classic.

ABOUT THE LADY RAZORBACKS: Susie Gardner begins her second season at Arkansas with one of the most interesting rosters in the past decade. Arkansas returns four starters from a 16-12 team, and picks up two more potential starters that missed virtually all of 2003-04 with injury. At the same time, the Lady’Backs have only three seniors with a combined varsity experience of a season and a half at Arkansas.

ABOUT THE BOILERMAKERS: Purdue returns only one starter from last season, but coach Kristy Curry has the Boilermakers back in the top 25 again this season. Curry began her sixth season at Purdue in a big way with a thumping 107-39 win that didn’t look like the Boilermakers were in anything that could be construed as a rebuilding year. Purdue has center Emily Heikes as the lone returner. In spite of a lack of experience — only two seniors — Purdue has great size and halfcourt strength, with only four players under 6-0 on the roster.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRACKET: The host Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won both of their exhibition games — notably defeating Everyone’s Internet, 69-45 — before taking the season opener at Texas-San Antonio, 66-44. TAMU-CC plays Monday night against Huston-Tillotson in the Islanders’ home opener. The Islanders’ opponent, Idaho State, also plays on Monday night, hosting Lewis-Clark State. The Bengals dropped their season opener to Oregon State, 84-67, on Friday evening. Idaho State reached the Big Sky Tournament Championship last year and a first-ever WNIT bid last season.

NEW HOME FOR THE ISLANDERS: After five years at Memorial Coliseum, TAMU-CC moves into 8,000-seat American Bank Center.

PRESET FRIDAY DIFFERENT FROM USUAL: This tournament will not advance the championship game automatically to the nightcap. Texas A&M-CC will play in the second game both days, so the winner of Arkansas-Purdue faces the winner of TAMU-CC-Idaho State, but if the winner is Idaho State, it will be a 5 p.m. game.

ARKANSAS MAKES RARE TURKEY DAY APPEARANCE: The Lady’Backs have played on Thanksgiving Day only one time in the previous 28 seasons, and won that lone contest under similar circumstances. It was the opening game of the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Arkansas defeated Old Dominion, 54-49, on Thanksgiving Day, 2002.

LADY’BACKS PRETTY GOOD ON THE DAY AFTER: Arkansas is 14-4 on Thanksgiving Friday.

WORLDS COLLIDE THURSDAY: The age-old question is answered once again on Thanksgiving Day as the irresistible force of Arkansas‘ wide-open full-court system clashes with the immovable object of Purdue’s half-court monster. The Boilermakers shot 62.9% from the field in the season opener with post players cranking numbers like 10-of-13 (Erin Lawless), 9-of-12 (Natasha Bogdanova) and 7-of-10 (Aya Traore). Of the 43 field goals made, 34 were assisted for PU. The Boilers had 64 rebounds –49 on the defensive glass — and 11 blocked shots.

THE FORCE IS WITH US: For two games, Arkansas‘ wide-open system is averaging 26 steals per game, 44.5 opponent turnovers and a turnover margin of +24.5.

THINK WE HAD A GOOD TIME SUNDAY?: Purdue opened the season with a 107-39 tub-thumping of IP-Fort Wayne. If the 54-20 halftime score wasn’t enough, the Boilermakers exterminated the Mastodons with a 22-2 run to open the second half. Four players in double figures were led by two over 20 — 23 for Natasha Bogdanova off the bench and 22 for Erin Lawless. Emily Heikes had a double-double of 10 points and 13 boards.

MODELS OF EFFICIENCY: Arkansas and Purdue got high productivity from key players in their Sunday games. Ruby Vaden came off the bench to score 18 points in only 13 minutes off 8-of-11 from the floor. Purdue had Natasha Bogdanova sub into the IPFW game for 23 points in 19 minutes with 9-of-12 and Erin Lawless started the game at forward with 10-of-13 for 22 points in 20 minutes.

BALANCED SCORING STARTS SEASON: In the first two games for Arkansas, five different players have been in double digits and two different players lead the team in scoring and rebounding each contest. So far, four players are in double digits — Danielle Allen (14.5), Kristin Peoples (11.5), Ruby Vaden (11.5) and Rochelle Vaughn (10.0) — and nine are in double digit minutes.

TIME ON OUR SIDE: The key to Arkansas‘ new open-court system is timely substitution (just ask the players). As the Lady’Backs run all-out, Susie Gardner has been working subs to keep the intensity level high. The result — no player averaging over 30 minutes (April Seggebruch is tops at 28.5) but nine over 10 minutes (10 if you round up Sarah Pfeifer’s 9.5).

SIMILAR TEAMS: Arkansas and Purdue share some things in common. Both have very small senior classes — three for Arkansas with only a year and a half of varsity experience and two for Purdue — and return a key player from season-ending injury — Aya Traore’s knee and Sarah Pfeifer’s shoulder.

NOT SO SIMILAR TEAMS: That’s where the similarity ends. Arkansas returns four starters to one for Purdue, but the Boilermakers have only four players under six foot while the Lady’Backs have only three above 6-0.

TREYS GONE AWAY: After a 1-of-13 game with Alabama State, Arkansas thought it was a one game thing but after 1-of-20 against Centenary the Lady’Backs are a whopping 2-of-33 to open the year from behind the arc.

BOILERS NOT EXACTLY HOT EITHER: Purdue clanged out 1-of-9 from three-point range with IPFW, and shot almost as well from the line (64.5%) as from the field (61.4%).

YOU CAN’T SCORE IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE BALL: That’s the Arkansas defensive philosophy so far this year. For the first time in school history, the Lady’Backs had back-to-back games with over 20 steals and 40 opponent turnovers thanks to a new full-court defense system. It resulted in an opponent scoring average of only 50.5 ppg.

YOU CAN’T SCORE IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE BASKET: Purdue counters with a powerful halfcourt defense that limited IPFW to only 16.3% from the field and 15.6% from three-point range. The Boilermakers had 11 blocked shots in the season opener.

TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI ISLANDERS (1-0)

POSSIBLE STARTERS

F 42 Terra Andrews 6-0 JR Missouri City, TX (Dulles)

F/C 22 Lindsey Van Dorn 6-2 JR Woodward, OK (High)

C 45 Jackie Ododa 6-1 SR Mombassa, Kenya (Cisco)

G 11 Kirbria Lewis 5-6 SO Baytown, TX (Sterling)

G 14 Nicole Duncan 5-8 SO Sugar Land, Texas (Dulles)

OFF THE BENCH

G 1 Brittany Fowler 5-6 SO Corpus Christi, TX (Ray)

G 24 Monica Pena 5-7 JR Corpus Christi, TX (Calallen)

F 30 Jillianne Duffey 6-0 SO Ft. Worth, TX (Western Hills)

F 34 Jenesis Shaw 6-0 SO Jenks, OK (High)

HEAD COACH: Jodi Kest (35-21, third season at TAMU-CC; 188-134, 12th overall)

IDAHO STATE BENGALS (0-1)

POSSIBLE STARTERS

G 20 Christa Brossman 5-10 SR Pullman, WA (Hawaii)

F 15 Andrea Sivakova 5-11 JR Bratislava, Slovakia

F 21 Molly Hays 6-1 SO Missoula, MT (Hellgate)

C 30 Chelsey Chambers 6-0 JR Lawrenceville, GA

OFF THE BENCH

Natalie Doma

HEAD COACH: Jon Newlee

NOTES ON PREVIOUS ARKANSAS GAMES

THE BASF OF GUARDS: Sheree Thompson doesn’t make the Arkansas defense, she makes the defense work better. In her first two games, the junior college transfer has shown exactly what Arkansas missed last season with her sidelined due to ACL surgery. Averaging 5.5 steals, 4.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 5.5 points in the first two games, Thompson’s open-court skills include the classic "things that don’t show up on the box score." Several times, her trap or her scramble move led to a turnover that either wasn’t creditable as a steal or went to the player who possessed the ball.

CLASS RECORD TIED FOR THOMPSON: Sheree Thompson’s eight steals — six in the first half alone — against Centenary tied the UA junior class record for steals. Angela Davis set the mark with eight back in 1991.

NOT A BAD 45 MINUTES: Through the first two games of her sophomore year, Danielle Allen has scored 29 points in 45 minutes played with 11 rebounds. Last year, in 27 games and 247 minutes, the 6-0 forward had 30 points.

CAREER HIGH BOARDS FOR ALLEN: With a near double-double of nine points and in rebounds, Danielle Allen broke her freshman best for rebounds (6) against Centenary.

30 POINTS IN A SEASON, 20 POINTS IN A NIGHT: By the end of the first half, sophomore Danielle Allen had more than surpassed her freshman season high of five points with eight against Alabama State. Five minutes into the second half, Allen scored eight of Arkansas‘ opening 10 points, and had tripled her career best. With a total of 20 points off 9-of-11 from the field, Allen scored in one game 2/3rds of what she amassed in 27 games as a freshman.

ALL AROUND GAME FOR SEGGEBRUCH: April Seggebruch came off the bench for five points, but her near-career high five rebounds, career tying four steals and two assists gave the senior guard one of her better all-around performances in 25 minutes against Alabama State. Notable was her three-pointer, Arkansas‘ final trey attempt of the night, which avoided a school-record tying mark for long range futility (Arkansas has been 0-for on threes in three games all-time).

TEAM EFFORT IN OPENER: Arkansas had scoring from 10 of 11 Lady’Backs that played against Alabama State and eight players led or co-led the team in a statistical category.

DIFFERENCE A HALF CAN MAKE: The Lady’Backs shot 21 free throws each half against Alabama State, but Arkansas hit only 38.1% from the line to start, then made 61.9% in the second.

THAT’S A FOUL START: Alabama State came within two of the Walton Arena mark for opponent personal fouls, and saw two starters leave early with five. It led Arkansas to the line for 42 free throws, one shy of the arena record.

WE LIKE INSECT TURNOVERS FOR MORE PROTEIN: The Alabama State Lady Hornets committed 45 turnovers against Arkansas in the season opener for both teams, breaking a 14-year-old Lady Razorback school record. The Murray State Lady Racers set the mark at 43 turnovers in December 1990. It also set a new Bud Walton Arena mark, surpassing the 40 committed by Southeastern Louisiana in 2000.

BUT IT’S WHAT YOU DO WITH THE TURNOVERS THAT COUNTS: Arkansas had a whopping +24 turnover margin against Alabama State, including a +14 first-half spread. But Arkansas led ASU by only four, 34-30, at halftime thanks to an inability to convert 24 Hornet mistakes into points. Arkansas had only 15 points off turnovers in the first half. That changed dramatically in the second as 21 Alabama State errors led to 23 Arkansas points.

NEAR MISS ON STEAL RECORD: The 24 steals against Alabama State by the Lady’Backs came within one of the Bud Walton Arena and two of the overall school record.

20 IN A ROW IN THE HOME OPENER: Arkansas‘ record-setting defensive effort against Alabama State gave the Lady Razorbacks their 20th straight home opener, and moved the record in the first home game to 28-1 all-time.

TRIPLE IN SIGHT: Rochelle Vaughn got within striking distance of a triple-double in the Athletes in Action game, hitting 10 points with eight rebounds and six assists. She hit the eight rebound mark midway through the second half, making it seem she’d at least come away with the double. For her career, Vaughn has a double-double with points and assists, but has not had the rebound double. She had 11 points with 10 assists in last year’s win over Georgia.

SHOULDER LIMITS PFEIFER’S TIME: Redshirt sophomore Sarah Pfeifer is having trouble with her non-surgery shoulder, and the staff plans to limit her practice contact to enhance her playing time over the next weeks.

A FLASH OF PRESSURE: Arkansas went on a 8-2 run against Everyone’s Internet thanks to four steal and layup plays by guards Sheree Thompson and Adrienne Bush, three of them consecutive. Thompson and Bush each had a pick and finger roll off the EV1 guards that put Arkansas in the lead by nine, 27-18, in the first half.

REMEMBER, HOBBS ON ICE UNTIL DECEMBER: The Red-White Game was the last time fans will see Melissa Hobbs on the court until the Louisiana-Lafayette game on Dec. 16. The midterm transfer from Colorado is eligible after the end of the fall semester.

A ONE-TWO COMBO AT FOUR: Sarah Pfeifer came off the bench to score 17 points with seven rebounds against Everyone’s Internet as Danielle Allen had eight points and eight rebounds as the starter. The pair of sophomores could become a dynamic duo at the high post this season. In the Red-White Game, scoring was reversed with Allen turning in 23 points and Pfeifer had 12.

IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY: It’s preseason, but Susie Gardner’s already had a post-game gem. Speaking about the change in leading scorers from Red-White to Everyone’s Internet, the Lady’Back coach said she was excited about the team nature of this year’s offense. "It’s like coming to a surprise birthday party and you’re not really sure who will be there."

THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Fayetteville, Ark., ranks as the 14th toughest road trip in Division I women’s basketball according to Louisiana Tech’s annual survey of home court winning percentage. Arkansas has a 79.94% winning mark in Fayetteville, and is the third toughest home court in the Southeastern Conference. Ruston, La., is No. 1 at 94.51%, followed by Knoxville, Tenn., at 91.37%. Oxford, Miss., is ranked 11th, and second in the SEC. Notable tough towns behind Fayetteville: Athens, Ga. (22nd), Springfield, Mo. (28th),

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE — STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE TOP 20: Arkansas‘ schedule gets the #19 spot on the preseason RPI strength of schedule issued by Rich Summerville and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Summerville’s RPI — considered for years one of the most accurate predictors of the NCAA committee’s own rating percentage index — has Arkansas at 19th thanks in part to the Lady’Backs facing the No. 1 RPI Tennessee Lady Vols and the #7 RPI LSU Tigers twice this season. In fact, half of the SEC is in the top 25: 1) UT, 5) Florida, 7) LSU, 9) Auburn, 18) Miss State, 19) Arkansas, 25) Alabama. Rounding out the league: 31) Vanderbilt, 37) Georgia, 39) Ole Miss, 48) South Carolina, 54) Kentucky.

SHAMEKA CHRISTON UPDATE: The 2004 SEC Player of the Year and 2004 WNBA Rookie Team member Shameka Christon has taken her game overseas. After helping the New York Liberty into the WNBA playoffs, Christon has joined the defending Women’s Division I champion of the Israeli pro league, Elizur Ramla. Christon is competing with fellow Liberty teammate Crystal Robinson. Four games into the Israeli league’s season (as of Nov. 15), Christon is the team’s No. 2 scorer with 16.2 ppg, turning in 29 to lead Elizur Ramla to a 44-point rout of Maccabi Ashdod on Nov. 15.

STATISTICAL ANOMALY YOU NEED TO KNOW ON RED-WHITE BOX: No, Danielle Allen did not play 39 minutes, nor Melissa Hobbs 40. The Red-White Game was only 30 minutes total — two 15 minute halves — but to allow the computer program to close out the box score it was necessary to add minutes across the board to create a team total of 200 (a regular 40-minute game times the five players on the court).

PROFOUND DANIELLE ALLEN RED-WHITE NOTE: As a freshman, Danielle Allen scored 30 points in 27 games played. In the Red-White, the 6-0 sophomore had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

TREYS AWAY: Arkansas sent up a combined 33 three-pointers in the Red-White Game, hitting 11 for a solid 33% (Red, 4-of-11; White, 7-of-22). April Seggebruch led the way with 6-of-12.

TRIPLE PLAY TREYS: April Seggebruch gave the White team a nine-point rally toward the close of the first half with three consecutive three-pointers to bring White back from a 12-point early deficit.

PFEIFER, ALLEN LEAD AT THE LINE: After a rough year as a team at the free throw line, one of the encouraging stats after Red-White were the team percentages. Red hit 13-of-16 led by Danielle Allen’s 7-of-9 while White had 6-of-8 — all belonging to Sarah Pfeifer.

VADEN VOTED PRESEASON ALL-SEC: Junior post Ruby Vaden was voted second team all-SEC in the first-ever SEC preseason all-conference team. Voted on by the coaches prior to the start of the annual media day, Vaden was one of 17 players named to the preseason squad.

PRESEASON SEC POLL HAS ARKANSAS TIED FOR NINTH: The Lady Razorbacks were voted ninth in the preseason media poll conducted at the annual SEC Media Days. There were 11 media voters that gave both Arkansas and Alabama 101 points each in the balloting. Tennessee was the near-consensus pick at No. 1 with nine first place votes and 13 overall. LSU had the other two first place votes and 23. Vanderbilt was third, Georgia fourth, Auburn fifth and Florida sixth. Ole Miss and Miss State tied for seventh at 80 each. Kentucky and South Carolina rounded out the poll.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR THE FALL SEMESTER: Practice is set for 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for the first weeks of practice, Tuesday is the off day.

SMALLER, FASTER LADY’BACKS: Expect an emphasis on the open court this season from Arkansas, starting with preseason practices. Susie Gardner indicated the team will press more this year, and might start practice sessions working defense first to take advantage of the team’s enhanced conditioning and 14-player roster.

HOME SWEET HOME: After a year that was dominated by the road — one game in Fayetteville for almost the entire fall 2003 portion of the schedule — Arkansas enjoys a home-dominated pre-conference schedule for 2004-05. After preseason games with Everyone’s Internet and Athletes in Action, Arkansas hosts a pair of games at Walton Arena to begin the year. Arkansas opens with Alabama State on Nov. 19, then hosts Centenary on Nov. 21. The Lady’Backs have only two road trips before Christmas — at the Flint Resources Islander Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas, for a Thanksgiving tournament then at Memphis on Dec. 7. That’s nothing like last year’s road warrior slate that racked up six road trips and five-figure frequent flyer miles.

KEEP YOUR CH(K)RISTINA’S STRAIGHT: Joining Arkansas’ Kristins are a pair of Christina’s — two-sport freshman Christina Lawrence and junior college transfer Kristina Andjelkovic. While the first names sound the same, take a little time to work on your Serbian — an-JELL-koh-VITCH.

SEPARATE YOUR VAUGHNS: Sisters Rochelle and Brittney Vaughn suit up for the Lady Razorbacks this season, and while freshman Brittney is wearing her junior sister Rochelle’s rookie season number (25) they are very different personalities on and off the court.

HOW MANY STARTERS? A pretty good argument can be made for five returning starters with redshirt sophomore Sarah Pfeifer back on the hardwood after her season-ending shoulder injury. The 6-0 forward started the first three games of her shortened first sophomore year, and when the partial game with Oregon State is factored out (only two points in 14 minutes) Pfeifer is one of the top returning scorers with 10 ppg.

BRERETON SIGNS WITH LADY’BACKS: Angleton, Texas, guard-forward Ayana Brereton has signed her National Letter of Intent to play women’s basketball at the University of Arkansas. Considered one of the top basketball athletes in the state of Texas, the 5-10 swing forward is ranked 14th among all Texas seniors according TexasHoops.com, she was one of three top 20 players to leave the state of Texas according to the recruiting website. She helped lead Angleton to the regional quarterfinals last season and a 26-5 record for head coach Melissa Hernandez. Her AAU team, the Houston Hotshots, came home this summer with a pair of national trophies, the 2004 BCI national championship and the AAU national championship runners-up. Brereton averaged 15 ppg and 7.8 rpg at forward for the Ladycats as a junior. Her sophomore season she averaged 13.7 ppg, 7 rpg and 2.4 steals as the Ladycats went 30-4 in 2003, captured the district championship and reached the state semifinals She was a double-digit scorer even as a freshman with 10 ppg and 6.3 rpg in 2002 for another state semifinal finish by the Ladycats. The most valuable player for Brazoria County last season, Brereton is a two-time District 24-4A defensive player of the year and three-time all-district. The district’s newcomer of the year her freshman season, she’s also a three-time academic all-district selection. Named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association 2004 all-state team and second-team all-state by the TABC as a junior, she’s a three-time all-region pick by TABC. Great two-sport athlete, Brereton was the Region III 4-A runner-up in both long jump and triple jump last year, and posted junior season bests of 18-7 _ for the long and 40-4 ¬ for the triple jump. At the UIL state meet, she was the state runner-up in the triple jump and third in the long. One of only two athletes to break the 40-foot mark at the state meet in the triple, it looked like Brereton had the state title until she was passed on the second-to-last round. Her triple jump best improved two feet last season, and she heads into the spring as one of the favorites to take the state triple jump title for Class AAAA.

JONES MAKES IT TWO SIGNEES FOR EARLY PERIOD: Blytheville forward Whitney Jones signed with Arkansas on the final day of the early signing period. The 6-0 forward joins 5-10 swing guard Ayana Brereton of Angleton, Texas, in Gardner‘s 2005 recruiting class. Averaging 21 ppg in the first games of her senior season, Jones turned in 17 ppg and 11 rpg as a junior for head coach Melissa Young at Blytheville. Jones comes from an athletic family, and becomes the first daughter of a Lady Razorback to sign at Arkansas in women’s basketball. Her mother, Diann Ousley Jones, was the first track and field national champion for the Lady’Backs, taking the national indoor 600-yard championship in 1979. Her mark of 1:21.22 remains the school record for the retired event. Jones’ oldest sister, Wendlyn, played in the Final Four last season for LSU and is a returning junior starter for the second-ranked Lady Tigers. Sister Audrey currently plays for Xavier of New Orleans. Jones ran track her sophomore season for the Chickasaws, finishing third in the 100 meters at the Eastern Conference meet in 2003.

NEXT LUNCHEON NOV. 22: Susie Gardner hosts the Lady’Back basketball luncheons at the Clarion Inn in Fayetteville (I-540, exit 62). Luncheons are $8.50, and start at 11:30 a.m. The luncheons will be on Mondays during the season this year. Coach Gardner and the staff invites you out to learn more about the team.

IT’S ON LADYBACKS.COM: Video highlights from each pre-game press conference, after each game at Walton Arena and clips from the coaches’ luncheons can be viewed daily at LADYBACKS.COM. The premium video content is free during this first season of the new and improved LADYBACKS.COM for our ALL-ACCESS subscribers. We encourage media to sign up for the ALL-ACCESS package and to utilize the posted clips and quotes.

PHOTO PLATFORM ACCESS VIA LADYBACKS.COM: Media needing high resolution images — action and mug shots — of Lady Razorback athletes can download them via LADYBACKS.COM. Please contact Bill Smith or any member of the Women’s Communication Office for instructions on how to access the high resolution (1.5 – 2.0 mb) versions of all website images.

LADY RAZORBACK TV: The Women’s Athletics Department begins its second season with a department-wide television magazine hosted by the Lady Razorback head coaches. The show airs across the state at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings. Lady Razorback TV airs in northwest Arkansas on KPBI, Fox 46-15, and in Little Rock on KYPX, the Pax television affiliate. The show re-airs on Sunday mornings in northwest Arkansas on KFDF, UPN, at 11:00 a.m and in central Arkansas on KYPX, the Pax television affiliate, a 11:30 p.m. Lady Razorback TV is brought to you by Adidas, Tyson, CRI and the Lady Razorback Foundation.

TURN YOUR RADIO ON: Welcome back to the Lady Razorback Radio Network for the 16th consecutive season. All Arkansas women’s basketball games are broadcast home and road over the statewide LRRN, as well as on the internet via LADYBACKS.COM. Making his debut this season as the play-by-play voice of the Lady Razorbacks is Preston Lewis. Returning for his 16th year of color for the Lady’Backs is Bill Smith.

KBNV 90.1 FM Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers/Bentonville

KABZ 103.7 FM Little Rock/Central Arkansas

KHOZ 900 AM Harrison

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