FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team continues its series of opponent previews as it counts down to tipoff of the 2013-14 season. Next up on the nonconference schedule for the Razorbacks is the Western Michigan Broncos.
Opponent: Western Michigan Broncos
Date: Nov. 24,&3 p.m.
Location: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville
Series Results: This marks just the second all-time meeting between Western Michigan and Arkansas. The two programs faced off for the first time during the 2001-02 season, with the Razorbacks claiming a 73-69 victory in an overtime thriller.&
Last Season: Western Michigan finished 11-20 overall last season, going 7-11 and finishing fourth in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) standings. The&No. 9 seed&Broncos scored an 80-72 upset victory over eighth-seeded Eastern Michigan in the first round of the MAC conference tournament, but lost in heartbreaking fashion, 55-53, in the second round to Bowling Green. Road competition was not kind to Western Michigan, which finished 5-14 overall in games away from home last season.
Foe to Know: Miracle Woods, 5-11, Forward, Sophomore. As just a freshman, Woods had an impact the minute she stepped onto campus for Western Michigan last season. Playing in all 31 games and starting in 24, the Fort Wayne, Ind., native returns as the team’s leading scorer from last season (9.0 ppg). Ranked seventh in the MAC in blocked shots (30), 11th in field goal percentagae (.461) and 19th in rebounding (5.6 rpg), she was named to the 2013 All-MAC Freshman Team and also earned WMU’s Most Improved award.
New Direction, New Results: In just its first season under the direction of new head coach Shane Clipfell, Western Michigan had its most successful season in the last five years. Its 11-20 overall record&and 6-10 MAC record marked the most wins for the program since the 2007-08 season, while also setting a new mark for most wins as a first-year head coach at WMU. The highlight of the season for Clipfell and the Broncos came in an upset win over then eight-time defending regular season MAC champion, Bowling Green, at home in Kalamazoo, Mich., 55-54.
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