Lady'Backs Nominated For Academic Honors

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Lady Razorbacks may be struggling offensively on the basketball court, but several of them are shining in the classroom.

For the first time, Arkansas has the maximum number of three women's nominees for the ESPN Academic All-America Team.

Requirements for the team are a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average, second-year standing at the school and starting or significant-substitute status.

Redshirt sophomore Sarah Pfeifer, sophomore Kristin Peoples and junior Rochelle Vaughn easily meet the criteria.

Pfeifer, an industrial engineering major, has a 3.95 GPA, just better than Peoples' 3.94 in biology. Each has made just one "B" in college. Vaughn has a 3.46 GPA in communications and has already passed 109 hours toward her degree requirement of 124.

Pfeifer has 86 hours toward her degree, while Peoples has 83 hours in just three semesters (counting some pre-college hours).

April Seggebruch, a UA senior reserve guard, also has academic qualifying numbers with a 3.77 GPA in business marketing.

Just one other time in school history has Arkansas nominated more than one player for Academic All-America in basketball. In both 1990-91 and 1991-92, current UA assistant Amber Nicholas Shirey and current Memphis coach Blair Savage Lansden were nominated.

Vaughn scored eight points against Ole Miss on Sunday and leads Arkansas with a 9.6 average. Peoples, who scored nine points despite strep throat symptoms and a late-game calf cramp, is next with a 9.4 average. Pfeifer raised her average to 9.0 with a team-high 14 points.

Seggebruch had four rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench.


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UA coach Susie Gardner, perplexed as to how best to help her team, said, "I'm already clapping my hands until it feels like the blood vessels will break."

Gardner is 29-19 at Arkansas, 141-111 as a college coach...

Adrienne Bush, who helped limit Ole Miss guard Armintie Price to four points and eight rebounds, said, "I wrote 20 and 17 on my hand. Last time, Ole Miss outrebounded us by 20 and Price had 17 rebounds. Today, I think she got mentally out of it quick in the first half with those two fouls."

Price is not among 20 John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year midseason candidates, but probably should be. SEC players on the list are Seimone Augustus and Temeka Johnson of LSU, Ashley Earley of Vanderbilt and Tan White of Mississippi State.

Price entered Sunday's game averaging 15.7 points and 10.0 rebounds as a 5-foot-9 guard.

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