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Sunday is Senior Day

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Sunday is Senior Day

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team celebrates Senior Day Sunday in the team’s final SEC regular season game of the year. Arkansas at Ole Miss will tip at 2 p.m.

Fans will be treated to a brief pre-game ceremony recognizing seniors Kelsey Hatcher, Erin Gatling, Quistelle Williams and Sarah Watkins along with manager Alex Fessler and assistant video coordinator Wyatt Hodges.

Wyatt Hodges Wyatt Hodges has worked with the Razorback women’s basketball team for three-and-a-half years working as an assistant video coordinator. Originally from Ozark, Mo., where he attending Spokane High, Wyatt is graduating with a degree in kinesiology P-12 and plans to attend graduate school while pursuing a career in coaching. He is joined today by his parents Garry Hodges and Karen Fred. Alex Fessler Alex Fessler has been with the Razorback women’s basketball team for five years working in various positions, most recently as one of the team’s managers. A Lee’s Summit, Mo., native, Alex attended St. Mary’s High School and participated in basketball, golf, track and field and cross country. Alex will graduate this May with a degree in psychology and is pursuing a career as a clinical psychologist. He is joined today by his fiancé Alicia England. Kelsey Hatcher Kelsey Hatcher transferred to Arkansas in 2010 and played her final two seasons of collegiate hoops for the Razorbacks. The Little Rock, Ark., native, earned a starting role this year and played in 13 games before nagging back injury sidelined her for the season. In two seasons, Kelsey scored 75 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. In a shot Razorback fans are sure to remember, Kelsey hit a deep three-pointer on the road at Tulsa sending the game into overtime where Arkansas was able to get the victory. Kelsey is a fashion merchandising major and plans to pursue opening her own business after graduation this May. Kelsey is joined today by her mother and stepfather, Tammy and Byron Childress, sister Lynley and her father Greg Hatcher. Erin Gatling Erin Gatling also transferred to Arkansas for her final two seasons of collegiate basketball. A role player in her first season, Erin’s senior year has seen the Van Buren, Ark., native has seen an increase in playing time this year. Erin has scored 203 career points, grabbed 62 rebounds and dished out 67 assists. She has scored in double figures five times this year, started three games and posted career best 23 points at Missouri in a three-point shooting clinic. Erin earned her undergraduate degree in exercise science last year and is currently working on her master’s degree in the same field. She will return to campus next year as a graduate assistant in the weight room. Erin is joined today by her parent David and Cheryl Gatling and her brothers Chris and Jacob. Quistelle Williams A solid player for Arkansas in her first two seasons, Quistelle Williams announced herself to a bigger audience last year at the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Q scored 29 points and averaged 7.5 rebounds per game in the tournament and earned herself a starting role as a senior this season. In that role, Q has made 28 starts, scored 282 points and grabbed 201 rebounds. She has scored in double figures 16 times and has had five double-doubles this year. Q became the 22nd player to surpass the 500 career rebounding mark and enters today’s game with 658 points scored and 518 rebounds, ranking 21st all-time at Arkansas. Q is working on her degree in sociology/criminal justice and plans to graduate this May when she will pursue a career in professional basketball. Q is joined today by her mother Anshanete Colbert-Brooks. Sarah Watkins The model of the new Arkansas post player, Sarah Watkins is a force under the basket and has the touch to shoot the ball from distance for the Razorbacks. The Germantown, Tenn., native, is a two-time All-SEC player and has earned numerous awards during her Razorback career. As a senior, Sarah became the 27th player in program history to score 1,000 career points, the 21st player to grab 500 rebounds and the 17th player to do both in her career. She ranks second in program history in blocked shots and is one of the best free throw shooters in the SEC this season. Sarah enters today’s game with 1,317 points scored ranking 14th, 581 rebounds ranking 15th and 197 blocks for the Razorbacks. She has scored in double figures 18 times this season. Sarah will graduate in May with a degree in exercise science and plans to pursue a professional basketball career. She is joined today by her parents Dennis and Roxanne Watkins.



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