Lady'Backs Struggle In 62-57 Loss To AIA

FAYETTEVILLE -- When Arkansas guards April Seggebruch and Rochelle Vaughn reached the interview room following the Lady Razorbacks' 62-57 loss to Athletes in Action on Thursday night, they were asked if the game was as excruciating to play as it was to watch.

Seggebruch answered, "It was pretty bad, wasn't it? We flat didn't play. We got outplayed tonight."

Only 669 fans attended in spacious Bud Walton Arena, but UA coach Susie Gardner heard them.

"It seemed like all night they were gasping," Gardner said.

That's because Arkansas made just 19 of 66 shots for 28.8 percent, got outrebounded 44-33 and committed 22 fouls to the Crusaders' 14.

Still, the game was tied at 54 with under four minutes left, and Arkansas trailed just 58-57 after a free throw by Kristin Peoples with 1 minute, 33 seconds left.

But Katie Voigt, a former Wisconsin player, made four fee throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the win for AIA (7-3).

Voigt finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds, nearly duplicating the 29 points and 13 rebounds she had for AIA two years ago in an 86-76 loss to Arkansas.

"We're small, but we're going to have to figure out ways to stop a player like that this year," Gardner said.

Arkansas was even smaller than usual against AIA, as 6-foot-3 Ruby Vaden sat out the first half and 6-foot Sarah Pfeifer missed the whole game.

Vaden did not score and had one rebound in an eight-minute stint in the second half. Pfeifer, who tweaked a shoulder and a knee in practice this week, was withheld as a precaution.

"It was obvious tonight we could have used Sarah's scoring," Gardner said. "We've got to find ways to limit her practice time. She's injury-prone, with two bad shoulders. But if this had been a Southeastern Conference game, she would have played."

Vaughn filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, but went 0-for-5 from 3-point range.

"In the last three minutes, I asked who was going to step up and make the big shot," Gardner said. "It looked like Ro was trying. But we over-passed on a 3-on-1 fast break, and then Kristin Moore hit the bottom of the rim.

"April missed a wide-open layup in the first half. We evidently have a lack of focus."

Gardner said she had noticed Arkansas' guards clanging shots off the rim in practice drills, too.

"Shooting is a developed skill," she said. "It's got to be important enough to take extra practice time. You have to work at it."

Only Seggebruch (5 of 9) had more makes than misses for Arkansas. She finished with a team-high 17 points. For AIA, Voigt was 8 of 14 while Jessi Stomski, another former Wisconsin player, was 5 of 9.

"We forced 27 turnovers, but we played poor individual defense at times," Gardner said. "We were running smack-dead into screens. I was trying to think of something positive to say -- we did force some shot-clock violations."

Seggebruch said the Lady'Backs have been "bringing it" in practice daily.

"We've got to play like we practice, and get everyone on the same page," she said.

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