Lady'Backs Head To Break On Good Note

FAYETTEVILLE — Susie Gardner can't think of a better time for her team to be heading into a 10-day layoff.

Fresh off wrapping up a 9-1 start to the season in a game where Arkansas punished visiting Texas Southern right from the opening tip with tough defense and plenty of perimeter shooting in an easy 90-40 win, Gardner is now ready to just sit back and take it easy for a bit. "Perfect timing," Gardner said. "We've played 10 games in 24 days. And 9-1 is a pretty good stint, I think. "But for me as a coach, I think it's a pretty good break." After lulling fans to sleep with a slow start Friday against Portland State, the Lady'Backs (9-1) wasted no time getting going against Texas Southern. Freshman Donica Cosby got the ball rolling by scoring the first eight points of the game all by herself. "Brittney Vaughn did a good job getting me the ball," said Cosby, who finished with 13 points. "I just had some open shots." After breaking the game open early, Arkansas turned to its outside shooters for the final blow. Coming off the bench, seniors Leslie Howard and Dominique Washington spoiled Texas Southern's weak attempt at a zone defense, combining for six of the team's eight first-half 3-pointers as the Lady'Backs built a 48-25 lead by halftime. "Donica set the tone by hitting some jumpers and then Dominique and Leslie come in and hit some more shots from outside," Gardner said. "I was concerned about this once because I was worried this was an opponent our players might not get ready to play. "But we started the game well. And after not starting well last game, that's what we talked about doing." Howard finished with a season-high 17 points, while Cosby, Lauren Ervin and Tanisha Smith also finished in double figures as Arkansas went over the 90-point mark for the second game in a row. The Lady'Backs' 9-1 mark is also their best start since 2003-04. "We were 9-1 in my first year," Gardner said. "Then we had some injuries. "That's the thing with this team. If we can stay healthy, we can be a good team." BEYOND THE BOX SCORE Why The Lady'Backs Won Solid defense led to a 12-0 run to start things off and Arkansas never looked back from there. After that, the Lady'Backs busted Texas Southern's zone defense with a season-high 11 three-pointers to highlight the 50-point win. Why The Lady Tigers Lost Pretty much because they were just totally overmatched. But once the ball was tipped up, Texas Southern missed too many shots and gave away too many turnovers. Crucial Moments • Donica Cosby made sure Arkansas avoided another slow by scoring the first eight points of the game as the Lady'Backs turned Cosby's personal 8-0 run into an early 12-0 lead before Texas Southern even got on the scoreboard. • Struggling all season long to find her outside shooting touch, senior guard Leslie Howard knocked down her first of five 3-pointers on the day with 14 minutes, 46 seconds left in the first half. 3) After torching Texas Southern with eight 3-pointers in the first half, the Lady'Backs did a nice job of switching the offense inside the paint in the final 20 minutes. That Figures 2 — 3-point attempts for Sarah Pfeifer in her Arkansas career. Pfeifer attempted her first 3-pointer Sunday since her freshman year 11 — Season-high assists for Brittney Vaughn on Sunday, one off a career high 2,403 — Announced attendance at the Arkansas-Texas Southern game 2003-04 — Last season Arkansas started the season 9-1 UP NEXT ARKANSAS VS. SMU When: Dec. 13 Where: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville Radio: Lady Razorback Radio Network TV: None

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