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FAYETTEVILLE -- Among the guests on Lady Razorback Alumni Weekend was former Arkansas women's basketball coach Matilda Willis Mossman.

As coach of the Lady'Backs from 1981-84, Willis compiled a 67-27 record. She went on to coach Kansas State and assist at Illinois State, before guiding high school teams in Illinois and Oklahoma.

Currently, Mossman is in her third year as coach at Norman (Okla.) High. Her team, ranked third in Oklahoma Class AAAAAA, won a tournament on Saturday night to advance to 11-2 this season.

"Last year we went 25-2 and finished third in the state," Mossman said.

Sade Morris, a 6-foot junior guard for Norman High, is already being recruited by Arkansas, Tennessee, Kansas and Duke.

Mossman moved with her family to Norman three-and-a-half years ago, when her husband, Kenny Mossman, landed a job as media relations director at the University of Oklahoma.

"I helped coach another high school team in Norman before getting the job I have now," Mossman said. "I like the situation I'm in. I enjoy coaching high school girls, but sometime I might like to get back into college coaching."

Mossman likes the fact that she lives near former Lady'Backs Bettye Fiscus Dickey of Stillwater, Okla., Tamara Mathis of Kansas City, Mo., Amanda Holley of Texas and UA assistant Amber Shirey of Fayetteville.

Mossman said John Sutherland, her former assistant who succeeded her as UA coach, is now an assistant at Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va.

Other former Lady'Backs on hand at the South Carolina-Arkansas game on Sunday included Monica Brown, Erma Greer Raney (whose baby Mossman held during introductions), Lakishia Harper, Katrina Nesby, Kela Peterson, Marsha Vining, Tracy Webb Rice, Connie Fitzgerald West, Sandy Scranton Wright and former UA women's athletic director Ruth Cohoon.

Current UA coach Susie Gardner attended a dinner for the former Lady'Backs on Saturday.



Free Throw Woes

Sunday's game pitted the two poorest free-throw shooting teams in the SEC against one another. And judging by their performance during the head-to-head matchup, it's easy to see why these two are at the bottom when it comes to stepping to the line.

Entering the contest, South Carolina was 11th in the conference with a 61.8 percentage, while the Lady'Backs ranked last in the league, shooting just 57.6 percent. On Sunday, neither team did much to improve those numbers, as the Gamecocks hit 9 of 15 free throws (60 percent) while Arkansas managed to connect on only 11 of 27 (40.7 percent).



No Luck In Fayetteville

Arkansas' 61-49 win improved its record to 14-4 all-time against the Gamecocks. But it's in Fayetteville where the Lady'Backs really have South Carolina's number.

Add on Sunday's victory and Arkansas is now 8-0 versus South Carolina at games played at home.



Tip-Ins

Sunday was the 24th birthday for Lauren Hawley, coordinator of the spirit groups for UA women's athletics ... Arkansas guard Kristin People said Sunday's game was "rougher than usual. It was very physical inside. South Carolina definitely bumped us off course."... Gardner said the Lady'Backs "had a few heart-to-heart talks" after a 91-45 loss at LSU on Thursday. "They've probably done some soul-searching," she said. ... Gardner said Arkansas' Sarah Pfeifer, at halftime, suggested putting more pressure on South Carolina's power forward position, and Gardner agreed to the move. "We played Melissa Hobbs at the 4 spot some and had her guard the low post," Gardner said. "It's not fair to her because she hasn't practiced there, but that's where we are."










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