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Collen, players meet with media Friday

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Collen, players meet with media Friday

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University of Arkansas head coach Tom Collen and members of the Razorback women’s basketball team met with media before practice Friday to discuss the upcoming game with Morgan State Monday. Razorback players are concluding a week of finals and practice and are ready to return to the competition venue. “Any other week would have been hard (to practice all week) but because of finals we were pretty busy,” junior Sarah Watkins said. “Now we just want to play someone.” Watkins gets her wish Monday with Morgan State followed by a quick turn around for a Wednesday game with Texas Southern. Arkansas breaks for the holiday before hosting Mississippi Valley State Dec. 28 as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team. “It’s hard to keep players focused this time of year,” Collen said. “We really try to let the players focus on their academics this week. They put a lot of pressure on themselves to do well and our staff understands that.” Freshman Calli Berna is one of three newcomers experiencing finals for the first time. “Finals are intense,” Berna said. “The hardest part is not letting it take over. You have to balance both school and basketball and it is harder at this level (than in high school). In addition to the finals themselves, players and coaches battle an ever-changing schedule this week as they work around tests. “We run the risk of not being fine-tuned against Morgan State but somehow the players just seem to find energy this time of year,” Collen said. “They’re not in classes now and they get some more rest and they’ll be ready to go Monday.” Arkansas hosts Morgan State in a 7 p.m. Monday in Bud Walton Arena.



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