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Defense leads the way in exhibition win over Cameron

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Defense leads the way in exhibition win over Cameron

FAYETTEVILLE – Junior Dominique Washington scored 16 points for the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback basketball team in a 81-65 win over Cameron University in preseason action at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville on Sunday afternoon. The win gives the Lady Razorbacks a 1-0 exhibition record while Cameron falls to 0-2 in preseason action. “We had a great overall effort, and for the most part we looked in shape,” head coach Susie Gardner said. “In this scrambling defense, we’re going to get some easy shots and we’re going to give up some.” Arkansas broke exhibition game records for the most turnovers forced from an opponent with 40 and most steals by the Lady’Backs in an exhibition game with 20. “We didn’t handle that very well,” Cameron head coach Dick Halterman said of Arkansas’ pressure. “Still, this was a great opportunity for our team to experience playing at a facility like this and against a Division I team. We got some good things out of it and I hope Arkansas did as well.” The game marked the first time in the 30-year history of the Lady Razorback program that Arkansas faced another NCAA institution for an exhibition game. The first half of play was marred by fouls and turnovers on both sides of the ball. Cameron was called for just nine first-half fouls, but committed 19 turnovers which led to the Lady Razorback’s 10-point advantage after the opening 20 minutes. On the flip side, Arkansas committed just eight turnovers, but were called for 17 personal fouls with Sheree Thompson, Rochelle Vaughn and Ayana Brereton each getting pinched for three. “There are going to be some fouls with this defense,” Gardner said. “But we need to be more careful.” Arkansas established their presence early in the match by scoring eight of the game’s first 10 points. Midway through the period Arkansas’ lead increased to 15, then 18 before Cameron went on a 15-4 run over the next five minutes that cut the Arkansas lead to just seven with 1:53 to play. The Lady Razorbacks were able to move their advantage to double digits before the final horn thanks to driving layups by Dominque Washington, Brittney Vaughn and Kristin Peoples. In the second half, Arkansas continued to dictate the pace of play with its stifling defense. After Cameron took the Arkansas lead down to six with 16:27 to play, the Lady Razorbacks went on a small 8-0 run over the next two minutes to increase their lead to 14 and never allowed the Lady Aggies to get within 12 from that moment on as they established a lead of as many as 25 before settling for the 16-point victory. Arkansas suffered greatly from foul trouble as all nine of Arkansas’ players were called for at least two, with Washington fouling out with 2:58 to play. Thompson and Peoples each had four while five others were called for three infractions. While Washington led the way for Arkansas, Peoples and Rochelle Vaughn each netted double-digit scores for the Lady Razorbacks with 15 and 11, respectively. The younger Vaughn, Brittany led Arkansas in rebounding as she crashed the glass for 10, six on the offensive side of the court. Cameron’s Jonetta Steen led all scorers with 24 points on 9-11 from the field and six of eight from the charity stripe. For more information about Lady Razorback basketball or about Arkansas women’s athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.



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