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ABOUT THE LADY RAZORBACKS: New is the word for the 2006-07 edition of the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks as six newcomers join three returning starters from last season and seven returning athletes. Amped-up defense drives a new-look offense as head coach Susie Gardner blends the best of the old world with a fresh group of faces. Four seniors led by fifth-year veteran Sarah Pfeifer provide the leadership while the six rookies are led by WBCA high school all-America honorable mention Tanisha Smith and Kodak JUCO All-American Lauren Ervin.
ABOUT THE LADY BISON: This is the season opener for Lipscomb as the Lady Bison did not add additional games to the front of their 2006-07 schedule. Instead, the Lady Bison are 1-1 in their exhibition season with games against Harding, a 68-62 loss, and Alabama-Huntsville, a 56-38 win. Last season, Lipscomb finished 6-21 in overall with a 5-15 mark in the Atlantic Sun. Two starters return from last year’s team for veteran head coach Frank Bennett led by Dana Carrigan.
GOOD NEWS: Lipscomb plays Arkansas for its season opener. The Lady’Backs have won their first two games of the regular season — including one on the road — and their exhibition game.
BAD NEWS: The last time Lipscomb hosted a SEC team at Allen Arena, the Lady Bison knocked off Ole Miss, 74-71, on Dec. 6, 2003.
FIRST MEETING FOR LIPSCOMB: Lady’Backs have not faced the Lady Bison before, but do have a 2-0 mark against members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
ROAD TRIP: Arkansas heads out on Thursday to headquarter in the Nashville area for these back-to-back games. The team will travel from Nashville over to Clarksville on Friday evening, but fly back out of Nashville on Saturday.
FAST PACE TO EARLY SCHEDULE: The Lady’Backs play three games in five days starting with Lipscomb, a good simulation for the three-straight they will face at the Rainbow Wahine next week in Hawai’i. By next weekend, Arkansas will have a fourth of its schedule finished with eight games in the first 17 days of the season.
LEARN BY DOING: As a result, Arkansas has more game days — 8 — than practice days — 7 — in the early schedule.
THE BEST THINGS ON THE COURT ARE FREE: Arkansas has made a dramatic turnaround at the line to start this season. The Lady’Backs continue to force the game offensively on opponents, and have made more free throws — 44 — than opponents have shot — 41. Sarah Pfeifer leads the way with 10-of-11 at the line for 90.9%, followed closely by Brittney Vaughn with 9-of-12. Ten of the 11 Lady’Backs that have been to the stripe have hit at least one free throw this season.
LITTLE BIT OF HAWAI’I: Lipscomb starter Penny Jones is a transfer from the University of Hawai’i.
INCOMING: Lipscomb will rain treys on the Lady’Backs Friday night and challenge Arkansas’ new 2-3 trap. In the two preseason games, the Lady Bison have shot almost half of their field goals from long range — 53 of 119 field goal attempts — and are hitting .358 from behind the line.
TREYS GONE AWAY: Meanwhile, Arkansas is hitting a paltry 13% from 19-9. Last year’s bombardier, Leslie Howard, is down to 8.3% — one of 12. As a team, Arkansas has three treys in two games. Lipscomb’s Catie Woods has hit more three-pointers in each of her exhibition games — four each against Harding and Alabama-Birmingham — than the entire Arkansas team.
PRESEASON FOR THE LADY BISON: Lipscomb lost to Harding, 69-62, at Allen Arena on Nov. 9. Catie Woods led the team with 16 points and sank four three-pointers. Dana Carrigan was next with 12 points — all from three-pointers. Penny Jones pulled in 12 rebounds. The Lady Bison got in a hole by half, 31-23, thanks to shooting only 25.8% from the field and just 22.2% behind the arc. In the second exhibition, Lipscomb made a starting lineup change and jumped head of Alabama-Huntsville early for a 25-22 lead at intermission. The Lady Bison almost doubled Alabama-Huntsville in the second, 31-16, for the win. Woods led with 14, and another four three-pointers.
SECOND BROKEN RECORD: Lauren Ervin put herself in good company by swatting away seven La-Monroe shots in the season opener. That’s the most blocked shots for a female collegian at Bud Walton Arena, breaking the previous mark of six held by Sandora Irvin of TCU. The all-American from Fort Worth got her six back in December 2002. The seven by Ervin was part of an arena-record tying 10 by the team. Arkansas had two previous 10-block games at Walton. Ervin came with two blocks of tying the junior class and overall game record at Arkansas of nine set by Robyn Irwin against SW Missouri at Barnhill back in 1988. Good luck keeping your Ervin-Irvin-Irwin progression straight.
VAUGHN GETS ONE CAREER HIGH: Brittney Vaughn had 13 points by half against La-Monroe, tying her career best of 13 against Tennessee. She got only one point in the second half against La-Monroe, but that gave her the new best. Unfortunately, Vaughn came dangerously close to equalling another career mark — 10 turnovers, ironically against Tennessee — with her seven miscues with ULM.
BANG THE BALL DOWN LOW: Two games, two dominating performances for Arkansas in the lane as the Lady’Backs outrebounded ULM by 13. It came on the heels of the 56-rebound effort at Clemson. The Lady’Backs are led by junior Lauren Ervin at the post with 13 ppg and 9.5 rpg, followed closely by Sarah Pfeifer with 12 ppg and 5.5 rpg and Danielle Allen with 10 ppg and 5.0 rpg.
GLASS HALF FULL SCHOOL OF REBOUNDING: In the first two games of the season, Arkansas has shot only 38.5% from the field. With 72 missed shots in the first two games, that would have something to do with a 49.0 rebound per game average.
NOT THE SHOOTING START WE EXPECTED: The Lady Razorbacks looked to be guard-heavy with some high percentage three-point shooters in the mix. So far, Arkansas has only trey treys in two games — a poor 13.0% from behind the arc (3-of-23).
BIT OF A SURPRISE ON TO MARGIN: Last two seasons, Arkansas pounded opponents with steals and turnover margin. Starting off the 2006-07 season, not so much as the Lady’Backs are negative on turnover margin for the young season. As a result, points of turnovers are way down from last year.
GET A HANDLE ON THE BALL: Arkansas has only 21 assists in its first two games, an average of only 10.5 per game. That is against 48 turnovers, an average of 24.
FIRST BROKEN RECORD OF 2006-07 SEASON: Arkansas picked up earliest season opener in school history as the Lady’Backs beat Clemson on Friday, Nov. 9. Like some sort of giant daylight savings time, new NCAA rules for 2006-07 on the start of the season allow all teams to fall back a week. Arkansas’ previous earliest start came in the 1998-99 season as the Lady’Backs played in the Four in the Fall preseason classic in San Jose, Calif. Arkansas defeated Stanford in that game on Friday, Nov. 13, 1998.
ANOTHER NATIONAL CALIBER RECRUITING CLASS: For the second year in a row, Susie Gardner signed one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. Led by the top three college prospects in the state of Arkansas with two of the top Division I signees in the midwest, Arkansas guarantees the future really is so bright, we’ve got to wear shades. Little Rock’s Whitney Zachariason and Fort Smith’s Shanita Arnold began the signing parade on the opening day of the early period. Zachariason, the 2005 sophomore of the year and 2006 player of the year according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Zachariason led CAC to the state championship the past two seasons. The 6-2 forward is a three-time all-state player and two-time MVP of the Class AAA tournament. Arnold is a two-time Arkansas Democrat-Gazette first-team selection, leading Fort Smith Northside back to back conference titles and state runner-up in 2006. The 5-6 point guard’s teams have not lost a home league game, sweeping through the 5A, now 7A west. Arnold is a Street & Smith Magazine high school all-America honorable mention and ranked among the top 10 point guards in the country. The Lady’Backs added another 20 ppg scorer with Mountain Home big guard Brittney Richardson. Playing last season for Izard County, Richardson averaged 27 ppg and came with 33 points of a 1,000-point single season. Arkansas picked up 6-2 shot-blocking post player Ashlea Williams from Springfield, Mo., Hillcrest on Thursday. With 130 career blocks heading into her senior season, Williams owns the season and career block and field goal percentage records at Hillcrest. Kansas product Morgan Boyd rounds out the 2006 recruiting classs. A Gatorade player of the year finalist in Kansas in 2006, Boyd averaged 19.3 ppg for Olathe East as a junior.
WHITNEY ZACHARIASON: In three years, Whitney Zachariason already is the career scoring leader for Central Arkansas Christian and head coach Steve Quattlebaum, racking up over 2,000 points and 800 rebounds since her freshman season. The two-time MVP of the Class AAA tournament, Zachariason was the 2005 sophomore of the year in the state and named the 2006 player of the year by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She led the Lady Mustangs to a 35-2 mark last year, and move up to Class AAAA with the new Arkansas Activities Association classifications for 2006-07. Averaging 18 ppg and 13 rpg as a freshman, she jumped to over 20 ppg her sophomore and junior seasons. She was named all-everything — district, state, region and state tournament — in 2005 averaging 24 ppg, 14 rpg, 3 apg and 4 spg to lead CAC to the state title. As a junior, she averaged 20 ppg, 14 rpg, 4 apg and 4 spg as CAC rolled through the Class AAA for a second straight season. For her career, CAC has a combined record of 142-12. Her streak of 95 consecutive double-digit games was broken at the start of her senior season. Zachariason’s single game mark was 50 against top division Little Rock Parkview.
SUSIE SAYS: "First of all, Whitney Zachariason is a champion. She has known nothing but success at Central Arkansas Christian. While she’s been a great high school player, what impresses me the most is her work ethic. It is incredible. She puts in hours in the gym outside of her team practices to work on her individual skills. She brings us the ability to knock down the three as a post player. At this level, she will face the basket more than she has in high school, and she gives us a tremendous three-point threat from the four position. Whitney also brings us another great player from the central Arkansas area. Over the history of our program, some of the greatest players to ever attend the University of Arkansas have come from that part of the state, and we’re proud to have her join the Lady Razorbacks."
SHANITA ARNOLD: The point guard of one of the most successful high school programs in recent years, Shanita Arnold guided Fort Smith Northside to a state final four and a runner-up finish. Named the player of the year by the Fort Smith Times-Record as a junior, she led Northside to consecutive league titles as a sophomore and junior. Averaging 9.3 ppg and 6 apg last season, she led the Lady Bears to a perfect 16-0 league record and 24-3 overall as the Class AAAAA runner-up for head coach Ricky Smith. In her past two seasons, NHS is 52-9 overall and has not lost a conference game (30 straight) with her at the point. Arnold is among the top point guard recruits in the country, and was named preseason high school all-America honorable mention by Street & Smith’s Magazine. Mike White’s Recruiting Report has her ranked 24th in the nation.
SUSIE SAYS: "Shanita Arnold is one of the top point guards in the country, and we’re fortunate that she chose Arkansas. Every championship team has a great point guard, and with Shanita is that caliber of player. She is an exceptional ball handler, and has that point guard mentality. Shanita has three-point range, and she could score 20 points a game. But, she would rather distribute the ball. It’s like the ball is a yo-yo in her hands. Adding her gives us two true point guards next year, and I feel very confident that the future of the point guard position is in good hands. She is a leader, and has a tremendous personality that lights up a room. But when she steps on the court, she is all about winning."
ASHLEA WILLIAMS: A 6-2 post player from Springfield, Mo., Hillcrest High, Ashlea Williams is a three-year starter for head coach Jenni Hopkins. All-conference and all-state for the Hornets, Williams averaged 11.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.1 bpg last season as Hillcrest reached the state quarterfinals in Class 5. The school record holder for blocked shots in a season and a career, Williams has 130 heading into her final season at HHS. She helped K.C. Keys to a third-place finish in the 16-U nationals last summer. Williams also holds the school marks for field goal percentage in a season (60.4%) and a career (52%). As a sophomore, she averaged 9.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.9 bpg. Her freshman season she averaged 7.5 ppg and 5.6 rpg with the varsity at Hillcrest. Williams also carries a 4.96 GPA at Hillcrest.
SUSIE SAYS: "Ashlea is excited to become a Lady Razorback and brings us a tremendous amount of post talent. She is very athletic, and is defense and rebound minded. We want to get her working on being more of a scorer against the taller players she will see in the SEC, but there is no doubt that she will be a great player for our system. She is a perfect example of a staff working together in recruiting. We first saw her when we were recruiting Tanisha. Her name wasn’t on the program, but we knew we had to find out who she was. Johnnie (Harris) tracked her down, and Amber (Shirey) had recruited her high school in the past. They worked together to bring her in. She is a great student, and a great fit for our team."
BRITTNEY RICHARDSON: A 5-11 big guard from Salem, Ark., Richardson will play her senior year at nearby Mountain Home. Her previous seasons were at Izard County where she averaged 21.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg as a sophomore. Twice named the Jonesboro Sun’s player of the week, she had 1,782 career points at Izard County. Averaging 27.1 ppg as a junior, Richardson broke the school record for single season scoring and came within 33 points of a 1,000-point year. An all-state selection and Arkansas Athletes Outreach Top 25 camp participant, Richardson has career highs of 40 points and 18 rebounds. Richardson brings a 4.0 GPA into her senior year in high school.
SUSIE SAYS: "Brittney has blossomed as a player since she caught our eye at camp. She is a hard worker that can run the floor and a great leaper. She’s a big guard wing that has three-point range but also can put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket. At 5-11 to 6-0, she has the size we need in the SEC to see the floor and become a factor. When she came to elite camp two years ago, she made a huge impression on the staff."
MORGAN BOYD: An all-state pick in Kansas, Morgan Boyd averaged 19.3 ppg last season and heads into her senior season as the fifth-leading career scorer for Olathe East High School. A Gatorade finalist and McDonald’s All-America nominee in 2006, the versatile big wing averaged 6.6 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.3 spg and led the Lady Hawks at the free throw line with 85%. Named defensive player of the year in the Kansas City metro area, Morgan ranks second in career blocks at Olathe East. She scored her career high with 35 points last year against Washington High, one-point shy of the school record. As a sopohomore, Boyd turned in 18.3 ppg, 6 rpg, 3 apg and 2 spg. She played her AAU basketball for KC Select and coach Earnest Jones.
SUSIE SAYS: "She is a long, lean wing that can shoot the three or put it down on the floor. We saw her play last year, and invited her to elite camp. She impressed the staff during camp and continued to improve throughout her AAU summer games. The more we saw her play the more we became excited about her talent. Morgan is a wing that can become a great defensive player in the SEC, and give us a scoring threat. She played with Tanisha (Smith) and is a perfect example of how our previous recruits are helping our current recruiting."
SPATES LEAVES TEAM: Freshman LaKendra Spates walked on with the Lady’Backs this fall, but during routine medical screening heart problems were revealed. Further test results came back negative at the end of October which allowed her to resume practice with the team for a brief period of time, but the walk-on missed the exhibition game due to a family emergency. After discussions with Coach Susie Gardner following the first weekend of regular season games, Spates decided to leave the team.
ROBERTS BACK IN LINEUP: Freshman Kendra Roberts was suspended for the first two events of the season due to a violation of team rules from earlier in this semester. Susie Gardner announced the suspension today, which is effective for the Missouri Southern and Clemson games. Roberts continues to practice and will be able to dress and participate in games starting with the Louisiana-Monroe game.
PRESEASON AGAIN FOR PFEIFER: Sarah Pfeifer makes it two years in a row with selection by the SEC’s coaches to the preseason all-SEC team. Pfeifer was voted second team for the second straight season; however, unlike last year the Lady’Backs hope the senior will get a chance to prove her selection. Pfeifer missed last season with a torn ACL suffered in the Red-White Game.
LADY’BACKS VOTED PRESEASON 10TH AT SEC MEDIA DAYS: Stop us if this sounds like a broken record as Arkansas was voted 10th last year at media day. The 2006-07 Arkansas Lady Razorbacks were voted 10th place by the media assembled for this year’s basketball media days in Birmingham. Prior to media day, the league coaches picked Sarah Pfeifer preseason second team for the second straight season.
LADY’BACKS FINISH TIED FOR EIGHTH: Without three starters by season’s end, Arkansas managed to battle to a tie for 8th place after being voted in a tie for 10th. Imagine where the media may have voted Arkansas if the ballot was taken two days later — when the Lady’Backs lost their leading scorer and preseason all-SEC post Sarah Pfeifer.
THE BRITTNEY-CAM AT MEDIA DAY: Broadcast journalism major Brittney Vaughn got a little extra out of her trip to the SEC Media Day. As one of the TV reporters put it, the junior point guard was the star of her own reality show. The inside look and player point of view look at media day is posted at LADYBACKS.COM.
NEW STATIONS JOIN THE NETWORK: Two new affiliates join the lineup for the Lady Razorback Radio Network in 2006-07. KAYH, 89.3 FM, becomes the primary Washington and Benton County affliate of the LRRN, joining campus radio station KXUA in Fayetteville. In the Fort Smith area, select games air on KFPW, 1230 AM. The 100,000-watt flagship station for the LRRN remains KABZ, 103.7 FM, in Little Rock.
NEW TV STATION ALSO: This weekend starts the 18-show run of Lady Razorback TV which will air on the new Fox network affliate, KFTA. Channel 24 over the air, KFTA is seen on channel 8 on the Cox cable system in Northwest Arkansas. Lady Razorback TV features all 11 Arkansas women’s teams, and runs at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Lady Razorback TV also reairs on UATV and Cox Sports Television. However, this Saturday the show is set for a 2:30 p.m. airing immediately after the Fox college football game.
LAS JAVELINAS DEPORTES, EN ESPANOL : Arkansas continues its Spanish language broadcasts for the 2006-07 season as La Tremenda, 96.7/99.5 FM, will produce game broadcasts for all Lady Razorback home games at Walton Arena. Carlos Chicas will handle the play-by-play with the first game set for Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 13.
MORE TV GAMES TO THE LINEUP: Arkansas’ game with Stephen F. Austin will be produced by Cox Sports Television and air same day delayed on Dec. 18, and repeat on Dec. 19. The Lady’Backs’ games with Wichita State and Cincinnati will be produced for tape delay airing on the local Fox affiliate and UATV.
NEW PRESEASON SCHEDULE: The Lady’Backs opted for a team retreat for the opening days of official practice, and will not play a Red-White Game this season. Arkansas took advantage of the new NCAA guidelines allowing a closed scrimmage with an outside opponent. Thanks to the movement of the starting date for the season, Arkansas hosts a single preseason game.
YOU LOOK MAH-VEL-OUS: Arkansas sports new uniforms this season as Adidas takes over as the head-to-toe supplier for the Lady’Back basketball team. The look is very retro as the Lady’Backs bring back the traditional tackle-twill collegiate lettering on the uniforms.
THE LONGEST GAMES MISSED REPORT IN THE NCAA: Each year, the NCAA committee asks for each teams’ "games missed" report. Arkansas might have the topper as this season becomes one in which you can’t tell the injuries without a scorecard. Two Lady’Backs are out for the year with ACL tears — 2004-05 starters Sarah Pfeifer (before the year) and Danielle Allen (two weeks ago) — and a third is functionally out for the year — another 2004-05 starter and this year’s "leading" scorer Kristin Peoples with a bad back. Freshman Whitney Jones minutes played is severely limited by her left foot and shin injuries. Brittney Vaughn is coming off a deep thigh bruise against Georgia. Adrienne Bush’s left elbow is aching and the senior now plays with a sleeve. Top that off with missed games early by Sheree Thompson for family emergencies, twice.
SUPER START: Arkansas set school bests getting out of the blocks in SEC play, winning its first-ever SEC road opener (in 15 years in the league), making a 3-0 start to tie most consecutive wins and a 5-1 beginning (and even 5-2 at the turn is a best).
IF YOU’RE CURIOUS: 10 games is the longest losing streak to SEC teams (seven to end the 2000 season, three to open the 2001 season); nine games for regular season (the seventh loss in 2000 was to UF in the tournament). 1992-93 was the last losing season at 13-14, a year with the minimum number of NCAA games due to the transition to the SEC.
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GO BACK TO THE GYM: Danielle Allen’s season-ending ACL injury insures that the Lady’Backs will close the year with only two games out of the year with a full roster of players. When Allen dressed out against Auburn, Arkansas had its complete roster of 13 players for the first time this entire season. That gave Arkansas two games — the following game with Alabama — with it’s entire roster. Arkansas has "lost" 41 player games on the 13-player active roster. Add in Sarah Pfeifer to get to the original 14 player roster (and 27 missed games) and Arkansas is up to 68 games.
GAME BY GAME NOTES
WHO WOULD HAVE BELIEVED: That Arkansas would have 24 turnovers, only 10 assists and still manage to win at Clemson? That Arkansas could pound the bigger Tigers to the tune of +18 rebounds. That Arkansas would manage only two three-pointers?
AND THE LAST TIME THAT HAPPENED WAS: Arkansas had over 55 rebounds in a game for the first time since 2002 — Dec. 6 to be exact when the Lady’Backs pulled down 59 against Northwestern State.
NOT THE KIND OF STEP AEROBICS YOU WANT: Brittney Vaughn lept over the press row for a loose ball in the final minute at Clemson, and came down hard on one of the steps at Littlejohn Coliseum. She suffered a minor concussion and a wrist sprain in the fall.
WELCOME BACK SENIORS: It seemed like old times — 2005 to be exact — as Danielle Allen led the Lady’Backs in scoring at Clemson with 14 and Sarah Pfeifer was second with 13. Both come off season-ending knee surgeries from 2006, but looked much like their sophomore season form against the Tigers.
EVERYONE PLAYS, EVERYONE SCORES: All 11 players dressed saw action in the exhibition game, and each scored against Missouri Southern. Ten of the 11 played double-digit minutes. Ayana Brereton was the exception, but the sophomore wing player was severely hampered by fouls – three quick ones in the first half that were Arkansas’ first three fouls as a team.
EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS NOT SO GREAT: The two experimental rules for the women’s basketball game involved the 10-second backcourt violation and a slightly deeper three-point line (nine inches further from the rim from the standard 19-9). There were no backcourt violations, and the two teams combined for a paltry 21.4% from behind the longer arc (6-of-28).
VAUGHN BREAKS OWN MARK: Brittney Vaughn’s seven steals broke her own mark of six steals in an exhibition game. She set that mark last season against Cameron. If it was a regular season game, Vaughn would also have a new career high for steals.
OFFENSE BY THEFT: Brittney Vaughn’s seven steals led Arkansas against Missouri Southern in the exhibition game, but she wasn’t alone in a near-record 18 steals. Tanisha Smith also had five steals, which was one shy of the old mark of six in an exhibition game. Vaughn directly converted four of her seven steals into points.
DEFENSE BY INTIMIDATION: Arkansas tied the exhibition game record with seven blocked shots against Missouri Southern, equaling the effort made against Athletes in Action in 1991. Whitney Jones led the team with three of the seven, which was just one off the individual mark held by Stephanie Bloomer from the AIA game.
BIG MARGIN WITH MISSOURI SOUTHERN: The 30-point spread by Arkansas against Missouri Southern was the largest margin of victory in an exhibition game during the Susie Gardner era, and the most since the school record 57 over Spartak Moscow in 2001. It ranks fifth all-time for exhibition games.
NEAR RECORDS IN EXHIBITION: The 33 turnovers forced and 18 steals taken by Arkansas in the Missouri Southern rank as the second highest efforts in exhibition history.
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE A CONCERN: While the Lady’Backs’ defense certainly performed well in the exhibition game, the offensive end of the floor was not particularly sharp. Hitting only 38.7% from the field and a mere 18.8% from behind the arc, the Lady’Backs were cold in the set offense. The majority of the Arkansas’ field goals – 20 of the 29 made – were layups or putbacks. Away from the basket, the Lady’Backs hit only 9-of-31 (5/16 in the first; 4/16 in the second) for 29%.
IF WE TOLD YOU, WE’D HAVE TO KILL YOU: OK, so the NCAA sets the rules on the new preseason scrimmages, but Arkansas was not allowed to publicize or have persons other than the teams at last Saturday’s practices with Oral Roberts. However, we can tell you that several Lady’Backs were outstanding in the new read-and-react offense. A couple of combinations were particularly lethal, but, er, we’ve already said too much. Let’s just say fans will not be disappointed on Saturday.
PRESEASON SETS THE TONE: For the first time, Arkansas had the entire scholarship roster in the second summer school session. Working out with strength coach J.C. Moreau and playing pick-up, the Lady’Backs started the fall semester in the best shape of any team in recent memory.