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Freshmen lead Red to last second win

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Freshmen lead Red to last second win

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Freshman guards Julie Inman and Lyndsay Harris combined for 29 points to lead the Red team past the White in the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team’s annual preseason scrimmage.

Inman led all scorers in the event with 17 points, including the final five points to rally Red to the win before a crowd of approximately 6,000 at Bud Walton Arena.

The game was unusual as the team played four-on-four due to a roster of only nine players for the evening.

"We certainly showed we can hit some three-pointers," Collen said. "It was exciting for the new players, and I hope once we get our post players back in there we will be able to continue to have that kind of scoring."

Arkansas was without three of its post players, two due to injury and one for a family commitment. Senior Whitney Jones suffered a high ankle sprain last week, and freshman Ashley Daniels tweaked her knee at the start of this week. Sophomore post Ashlea Williams was in St. Louis for her brother’s wedding.

With more open space and a freer pace, the treys rained down on the Bud Walton Arena floor. A combined 27 threes were taken by the two teams in the 30-minute running-clock scrimmage.

Inman hit 5-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc.

The game was close throughout as White managed to hold a one point lead, 21-20, at the two-minute halftime break. The Red team pushed to a lead of six midway through the second half after a three-pointer from Harris and a layup by freshman Ceira Ricketts, 29-23.

The White team was led by sophomore Shanita Arnold who scored nine of her 15 points in the second half. The 5-4 point guard hit 7-of-12 from the field for the game. Her three-point play with just under three minutes left put White up by four, 38-34.

Facing a four-point deficit in the final 33 seconds, Inman sank a three-pointer with 24 seconds left off an assist from Harris. Trailing by one, 40-39, Inman stole the White team’s inbounds pass and laid it up with 12 seconds left for what proved to be the game-winner.

Senior forward Ayana Brereton led the rebounding with 10, and just missed a double-double with eight points for the White team. Junior Charity Ford had nine points and seven boards also for the White team. Six from Ashley McCray and two from Jamesha Townsend rounded out the White scoring.

Brereton may have played the best all-around game as she led all players with four assists, three blocked shots and three steals.

Ricketts and sophomore Brittney Richardson each had six points for the Red team.

The Razorbacks have all of next week to heal and prepare for their exhibition game on Nov. 5 against Rogers State at 7 p.m.

Season tickets for Razorback women’s basketball are on sale, and available on-line at ArkansasRazorbacks.com through the Ticket tab at the top of this page or by calling the Razorback Ticket Center at 1-800-982-HOGS.



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