Bush May Return For Extra Year At Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE -- Adrienne Bush, a 5-foot-8 Lady Razorbacks guard who has started three games this season, may return for an extra season next year.

Bush is a senior academically and is listed as a senior in the Arkansas media guide, but UA coach Susie Gardner has asked Bush to consider playing next season.

A native of Russellville, Bush played at Southwest Missouri State before transferring to Arkansas after her freshman year of 2001-02.

Bush has impressed Gardner this season with her practice habits and her energetic play, particularly on defense.

"Adrienne could be for us what Armintie Price is for Ole Miss," Gardner said at Monday's Lady'Backs luncheon at the Clarion Inn. "She hustles, plays defense and rebounds. I think she can be a special player."

Bush came to Arkansas as a walk-on, but is on scholarship now, and Gardner said, "There's a high probability she will have a scholarship next season."

An information systems major who will get her degree in May, Bush has the option of seeking a masters in business administration. She is also interested in coaching someday.

GYMNASTICS TEAM TESTS 'CATS
Arkansas' Gym'Backs, who opened with a win at Minnesota last week, continue on the road on Friday against Kentucky at Lexington, Ky.

The No. 13 Gym'Backs defeated Kentucky in their first two years of competition.

"We're excited to go to a Southeastern Conference school," said UA co-coach Mark Cook.

Arkansas had just one fall while scoring 194.250 points last week, under this year's more stringent scoring.

"There are more critical evaluations this year," Cook said. "About 80 percent of the schools are using the new (judging) assigners' program, with two assigners per region. Our conference was in the forefront of (pushing for) this."

Arkansas co-coach Rene Cook said Arkansas "did a great job" at Minnesota, for its first time to start a season on the road and under the "challenging" scoring conditions.

"In a very pro-Minnesota arena, Cassie Drew rocked the parallel bars and beam for us," Rene Cook said. "(Freshman) Emily Peacock was a joy to watch. She scored 9.850 on the beam. Our home crowd is going to love her."

Samantha "Sammi" Cortez, another Arkansas freshman, is doing the all-around competition along with junior co-captain Dana McQuillin.

Ten Gym'Backs competed last week, while sophomores Kim Harris and Jamie Burnette continued to train at home.

Arkansas' home opener is Jan. 28 against Georgia, last year's national runner-up.

FORMER LADY'BACKS RANK HIGH
Veronica Campbell, Arkansas' Olympic sprinter deluxe who turned pro after the 2004 outdoor track season, finished the year ranked first in the world in the 200 meters and second in the 100 meters, according to Track and Field News.

Deena Drossin Kastor, another former Lady'Back, ranked third in the marathon, matching her finish at the Athens Olympics last summer.

SWIMMERS FALL TO TENNESSEE
A well-rounded Tennessee team outpointed Arkansas 121-111 in a dual swim meet at the UA Natatorium on Monday.

Julia Stowers, a Lady Vols senior, broke the UA Natatorium record in the 1,000 freestyle, winning in 9:52.35. Arkansas senior Whitney Lynn had set the previous mark of 10:10.14 in 2003.

Lady'Backs freshman Brieanne Kushner of Thunder Bay, Ontario, who leads the league in consecutive vowels in a first name, won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.

Zsuzsa Csobanki of Arkansas won the 50 freestyle, and teammate Hannah Clegg took the 100 backstroke.

Arkansas' next meet is on Jan. 22 at Kentucky.

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