Arkansas-Memphis Game A Family Affair

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Among fans at the Arkansas-Memphis women's basketball game at Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Tuesday night were Ken Allen, father of Lady Razorbacks forward Danielle Allen; and Ezekiel and Vickie Vaughn, parents of UA guards Rochelle and Brittney Vaughn.

Ken Allen, who owns an air conditioning company in Harrison, has been watching Danielle play since she began basketball in the second grade.

"We have five girls and a boy, and Danielle is our baby girl," Ken said.

The Allen family has played host on occasion to Memphis guard Tamika Butler of Marianna, who played AAU basketball with current Lady'Backs Danielle Allen, Sarah Pfeifer and Ruby Vaden.

"Tamika is a real sweetheart," Ken Allen said.

Ezekiel Vaughn is an assistant pastor of a Missionary Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. His and Vickie's son, Vickiel, is a defensive back for the Arkansas football team.

"My dad is the kind of preacher that both young people and older people like," Rochelle Vaughn said. "He usually sings before he preaches."

Ezekiel Vaughn was a teammate of Hogs football coach Houston Nutt at Little Rock Central in the mid-1970s.

Memphis coach Blair Savage, who once got 14 rebounds as an Arkansas freshman against Oklahoma, was 3-3 as a Lady Tigers assistant coach against Arkansas during her nine-year assistant's stint from 1994-2003.

Savage, originally from Gravette, assisted at Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn., last season while her husband, Bill Lansden, was an assistant athletic director at Middle Tennessee State.

Savage, who got her master's degree in sports administration at Memphis in 1996, landed the Memphis head coaching job in June. Her husband is now the Associate Athletic Director for Development at Memphis.

Arkansas entered Tuesday night's game ranked 52nd in an unofficial women's RPI, while Memphis was 73rd...

Going in, the Lady Tigers had outrebounded their opponents by 5.5 per game; Arkansas had been outrebounded by 5.4 per game...

Arkansas 6-foot guard/forward Melissa Hobbs, a transfer from Colorado, will be eligible when the Lady'Backs play Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 16 at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock.

Hobbs has been doing extra running in practice in order to get in game shape...

Pfeifer was averaging just 14 minutes per game before the Memphis contest, in large part because of her recovery from shoulder ailments.

"I want to guard against fatigue on Sarah's part," said UA coach Susie Gardner. "We've limited her practice time, and when she falls, our players have been good about trying to catch her."

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