TV Announcers Get To Watch Themselves

FAYETTEVILLE -- Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli, the announcers for Fox Sports Net's telecast of the LSU-Arkansas women's basketball game on Thursday night, had the fun of seeing themselves on TV before the game.

Mowins and Antonelli had just taped a pregame segment about Southeastern Conference basketball when they walked into the media room in Bud Walton Arena and watched the segment air five minutes later on SEC Television, through the magic of satellite technology.

"What a bunch of hooey," Antonelli joked, critiquing her own comments.

Mowins, who has worked for both CBS and ESPN, did the play-by-play for the Duke-Arkansas game which sent the Lady Razorbacks to the Final Four in 1998.

Her "Do you believe in fairy tales?" call at the beginning and end of Arkansas' 77-72 win over Duke in '98 can be heard at the UA museum in Walton Arena.

Mowins, a graduate of Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, said Thursday, "We showed a glass slipper before that game, because Arkansas was a No. 9 seed in the tournament with a chance to reach the final Four. I couldn't say, 'Do you believe in miracles?' at the end, because Al Michaels had already said that (about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team). So I said, 'Do you believe in fairy tales?'"

Rick Moody's announcement this week that he will retire as coach at Alabama at the end of the season means that Georgia coach Andy Landers may be the only men's coach of a women's basketball team in the SEC next season.

Just two years ago, the split was six men and six women. But Gary Blair left Arkansas for Texas A&M, Jim Foster left Vanderbilt for Ohio State, Ronnie Aldy was fired by Ole Miss and, last season, Joe Ciampi retired at Auburn.

Aldy is now an assistant at Alabama.

The Crimson Tide could replace Moody with another man, but that would buck the recent SEC trend.

Alabama (13-12, 4-8 SEC entering Thursday's play) was 4-4 in the SEC at one point this season, but Arkansas sent the Tide on a downward spiral by defeating them 83-68 on Feb. 10.

Arkansas recognized two senior players before Thursday's game: guards April Seggebruch and Allison Singleton. Adrienne Bush is also listed as a UA senior, but will return to play next season as a graduate student.

Brittney Johnson, a senior manager for Arkansas, was also honored. This is Johnson's third year as manager.

Arkansas' game against Kentucky on Sunday at Lexington, Ky., has been moved up from 1 p.m. to noon, in order to accommodate a telecast of the game by the WB affiliate in Lexington.

Seimone Augustus, LSU's National Player of the Year, entered Thursday's game having scored in double figures in 52 straight games, and ranking sixth in LSU career scoring with 1,705 points.

Tigers guard Temeka Johnson started her 118th game. She now ranks third in career assists at LSU, and began Thursday's game in 13th place on the NCAA career assists list with 849.

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