Arkansas, Oregon Have A Bud Connection

FAYETTEVILLE -- Before Tuesday night, Arkansas and Oregon had met just once in women's basketball.

Way back on Jan. 6, 1984, the two teams played each other in the Budweiser Round Robin Las Vegas, Nev., with the Lady Razorbacks winning 65-54.

Tuesday night, almost 21 years later, Arkansas and Oregon met in Bud Walton Arena, with Arkansas again winning, 65-62.

About an hour before Tuesday's game, UA coach Susie Gardner sprinted out of Walton Arena toward her car and soon drove out of the parking lot.

She returned 12 minutes later, apparently having retrieved a manila folder from her home.

Scurrying back into the arena with her pregame material, Gardner sped down the stairs and said to those she passed, "Excuse me, I'm running a little late."

An elderly Razorbacks fan who suffered a heart attack and then fell in a restroom at Walton Arena during the Arkansas men's game against Lipscomb on Monday night was taken away by emergency personnel shortly after halftime. He was treated at a hospital but died later Monday evening. The man had also been suffering from leukemia.

Emergency personnel had also treated a woman fan who suffered from very low blood pressure during a game in Walton Arena last week. That woman recovered.

Featured on the cover of the Lady'Backs' game program Tuesday night were freshman Christina Lawrence and junior Kristina Andjelkovic.

But Lawrence is no longer on the basketball team.

The UA women's sports information department announced last week that Lawrence, who was also recruited to Arkansas for her volleyball ability, would stick strictly with the Lady'Backs volleyball team from here on.

Oregon thought it had a rebound locked up on Tuesday night, as two Ducks monitored a missed Arkansas shot and planned to let it go out of bounds.

But Danielle Allen of Arkansas raced between the two Ducks and, at the last moment, deflected the ball off one of them before it went out of bounds, giving her team possession.

A first-half steal by Thompson led to an intentional foul against Oregon, two Kristin Peoples free throws and a Sarah Pfeifer field goal on the ensuing possession turned into a UA four-point play and 27-15 lead.

Arkansas entered the game as the nation's leader in steals with 18.3 per game, and had 13 thefts against Oregon.

The steals helped hold off the Ducks, who went on a 13-1 run to cut a 45-28 deficit to 46-41 in the second half...

Up 47-42 moments later, Arkansas got three offensive rebounds on one possession that resulted in no points but took 1 minute, 19 seconds off the clock.

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