Guards Reverse Shooting Trend

FAYETTEVILLE -- In Arkansas' 62-51 loss to Auburn the previous Thursday night, the Lady Razorbacks' guards shot 12 percent from the field.

Thursday night in an 83-68 win over Alabama, Arkansas' starting guards improved that to 45 percent on 9 of 20, and Rochelle Vaughn added a 4-of-9 performance off the bench.

Guards also accounted for 11 of Arkansas' 12 steals, as the Lady'Backs remembered how they have led the nation in that category most of the season.

Adrienne Bush had two timely steals for Arkansas early, leading to two free throws for an 11-6 lead and then a layup for a 23-10 margin.

"I think we did better tonight," Peoples understated.

Peoples led Arkansas with five assists, four steals and five bruises.

She momentarily forgot the first bruise, which sent her to the sidelines.

"I got shouldered in the eye," she recalled.

Sarah Pfeifer, who led Arkansas with 21 points, said about the Tide, "They were pretty physical."

Even though Alabama scored the final nine points of the game, Arkansas still posted its widest margin of victory in a series it now trails just 11-10.

The Lady'Backs lead Alabama 6-3 in Fayetteville and have won five of the last six over the Tide overall.

The two teams could meet in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament if Arkansas is still 11th and Alabama is still sixth in the league -- as they entered Thursday's play.

For just the third time this season, Arkansas had four players who scored in double figures: Pfeifer 21, Peoples 15, Vaughn 14 and Danielle Allen 11...

At halftime, Alabama assistant Ron Aldy, a former Ole Miss head coach, said, "We brought out the best in Arkansas."...

Also at halftime, members of the Arkansas cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and volleyball teams were honored on the court in Bud Walton Arena.

Jill Geer, the director of communications for USA Track and Field, attended Thursday's game. A UA graduate in history, Geer was a distance runner for former UA women's track coach and current women's athletic director Bev Lewis, and a cross country runner for current women's track coach Lance Harter for one year.

She also worked for the UA sports information department.

"I see a lot of the same faces I used to see at Lady'Backs games," said Geer, who is in town for the Powered by Tyson Invitational meet tonight.

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