Arkansas Enjoys Big Day From Perimeter

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas senior guard Leslie Howard emphatically pumped her fist when she drained a 3-pointer from the left wing with 12 seconds left in Sunday's nonconference game against Texas Southern.

It wasn't that the shot gave her team a last-second victory or that it set a record — far from that. For Howard, it just felt great to have her stroke back. "She's a senior, she knows what's going on," Arkansas coach Susie Gardner said. "For her, it's just a huge relief. And since we do have nine days (off), the timing is perfect for her, where she's coming off a game where she felt like her old self." Coming into Sunday's game, Howard was only 3 of 31 (10 percent) from the perimeter this season. But her performance against the Lady Tigers skyrocketed her confidence as she ended with a season-high 17 points, including five treys. Although Howard said that her big offensive day felt really good, she also admitted that taking her first career defensive charge felt almost better. "People have always ragged me that I'd never take a charge as a Razorback," Leslie joked. "But the shot (at the end of the game) felt really good. They all felt pretty good. It's been a while. "It's been a rough month or two because I've put so much pressure on myself in the past." Howard wasn't the only Arkansas player contributing from the perimeter Sunday, as both Donica Cosby and Dominique Washington combined for six 3-pointers in Arkansas' 90-40 victory over Texas Southern. Cosby knocked down two of her threes in the first three of the first half, helping contribute to Arkansas' 12-0 run to start the game. Overall, the Lady'Backs (9-1) shot 11 of 25 from the perimeter on Sunday, which was their best long-ball performance since Arkansas made 11 3s last season in an 84-78 loss at Ole Miss on Feb. 26. "Brittany Vaughn did a good job penetrating, so I just tried to hit the open shots when they came to me," Cosby said.

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