Allen Leads Red Team Past White, 63-59

FAYETTEVILLE -- Danielle Allen called her freshman year in college the worst season in her basketball career. Thursday, Allen officially put thoughts of last year to rest as she opened the 2004-05 Arkansas Lady Razorback basketball season by leading her team to a 63-59 win in the annual Red-White game in Bud Walton Arena.

"Last year I had probably my worst year in basketball," said Allen, a 6-foot forward from Harrison. "I'm in a more familiar position this year. When I'm rebounding, my offense comes."

Playing as a No. 4 post down under the basket instead of a No. 3 out on the wing -- as she did a season ago -- Allen looked much more comfortable Thursday. The sophomore scored a team-high 23 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds as the Red team scored the final six points of the game in last :43.9 seconds to get the win.

"We had individual meetings at the end of the season last year and of all the meetings, Danielle's was the best," said Arkansas coach Susie Gardner. "I think she has come along farther than anyone.

"It's true what they say about improving between your freshman and sophomore years. The same thing happened to me as a player. What a great confidence builder for her. It was a perfect way for her to start the season."

The Red team -- made up of Allen, junior Kristin Moore, junior Rochelle Vaughn, freshman Brittany Vaughn, junior transfer Melissa Hobbs and senior Allison Singleton -- built a 20-8 lead in the first half before the White team rallied to close the gap to 36-34 at the half. Senior April Seggebruch was the big reason for the White's comeback, hitting four 3-pointers in the final five minutes of the first half.

Seggebruch finished with a game-high 24 points on 6-of-12 shooting from behind the 3-point arc.

"It felt good out there," Seggebruch said. "It felt like we were playing again."

Seggebruch was joined on the White squad in the first half by sophomore Kristin Peoples, sophomore Sarah Pfeifer, junior Sheree Thompson, senior Adrienne Bush, junior Kristina Andjelkovic and freshman Christina Lawrence. In the second half, Thompson moved over to the Red team while Moore and Rochelle Vaughn played for the White.

Junior Ruby Vaden -- still nursing a sore knee -- did not play.

Hobbs -- a transfer from Colorado -- added 15 points for the Red team and Brittany Vaughn, the younger sister of Rochelle Vaughn, chipped in with 10 points for the Red squad. Pfeifer, who missed almost all of last season with a shoulder injury, scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the White team.

"It's good to have (Sarah) back," Gardner said. "I knew she was excited to be back out there."

Lady'Back assistants Johnnie Harris and Rena Holden coached the Red team and assistant Amber Shirey coached the White team, allowing Gardner the chance to sit back and watch during the two, 15-minute halves.

"I took a page and a half of notes and it was interesting and it will be interesting to watch it on film," Gardner said. "Some good things happened. Obviously we had some good offensive nights from Danielle and April. It was a good night overall. I was pleased with the effort.

"It's my first Red-White Game and I didn't know what to expect. But I thought it went pretty well. The timing was perfect. Initially, I thought it was a little too early. But they had this to look forward to after some hard practices. So it worked out well."

The Lady'Backs' first exhibition game is slated for Nov. 5 when they host Everyone's Internet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5.

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