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Robison has double-double in Razorback win

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Robison has double-double in Razorback win

FAYETTEVILLE — Redshirt sophomore Dominique Robison scored 12 points and had 13 rebounds leading the Razorbacks to a 57-34 home opening win over Texas-Arlington Wednesday. The Razorbacks (3-1) have won 29 consecutive home openers dating back to the 1983-84 season and improve to 6-0 all-time against the Mavericks (0-3). Arkansas shot just 33.3 percent on 20-for-60 from the floor. The Razorbacks won the rebounding battle, 48-35 and hit seven three-pointers in the game. “We are still a work in progress,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “I thought the energy in the beginning was solid and our press let us score right away. “We made some adjustments in the second half and talked a lot about rebounding and that keyed us.” The Razorbacks won the opening tip and scored on their first possession of the game. They bolted out to a 6-0 lead forcing several UTA turnovers and pressing the ball. But UTA found its rhythm and tied the game at eight with a 6-0 run of its own. From that point on, both offenses were cold from the floor. Harris hit a three-pointer with 11:40 to go in the half and that seemed to spark the Razorbacks. Arkansas went into halftime with a 25-19 lead. Arkansas was balanced in the first frame with six points from senior Lyndsay Harris and five each from junior Sarah Watkins and senior Ashley Daniels. Ricketts had four and led the team with four rebounds at the break. The Razorbacks emerged from the locker room and found another gear on both offense and defense. Arkansas again opened the period with a 6-0 start and they stepped up the defensive pressure continuing to force the Mavericks into a lot of ball handling and 20 turnovers for the game. Arkansas’ press forced UTA into a short clock with the Mavericks using 10-15 seconds to bring the ball up the floor. The hurried opponent offense never settled into a rhythm and Razorbacks’ deep bench was able to keep the pressure up for the entire game. As the defense found success, the offense began to catch up with about 12 minutes remaining in the game. Robinson scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half and had 10 of her 13 rebounds in the final frame. “We keyed off the defensive energy,” Robinson said. “We would love to be in transition all day. We like to run and it really makes us excited. We didn’t have our best game today. We all have to come out prepared every day. When we collectively as a group are ready, like against Florida State, we knew we had that game and that’s how we have to be for each game.” “Dominique plays with a lot of heart,” Collen said. “She really wanted to step out and have a good game today. She was a great rebounder as a freshman. Today to played great defense and stepped up and made some shots.” In addition to Robinson, Arkansas got nine points from Wakins and seven from both Daniels and Harris. Freshman Calli Berna finished with six. Freshman Jhasmin Bowen grabbed seven rebounds in her first collegiate game while senor C’eira Ricketts finished with six boards for Arkansas. Arkansas returns to the court Sunday hosting Utah in a 1 p.m. game. For more information regarding Razorback women’s basketball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. GAME NOTES -Arkansas is 35-1 in home openers -Arkansas won the tip -Arkansas opened the game on a 6-0 run -Arkansas is 6-0 all-time against UTA -This is the second consecutive elementary day Arkansas has hosted -Arkansas has started the same five four games in a row: C’eria Ricketts, Ashley Daniels, Sarah Watkins, Calli Berna, Dominique Robinson -When Erin Gatling, Julie Inman and Jhasmine Bowen played today, Tom Collen has played all 14 of his players this year. -Arkansas started the second half with a 6-0 run



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