Cosby Show Returns

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the past couple of games, the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks' version of The Cosby Show was on the verge of being canceled. Sunday, the show made a grand return.

After seeing her playing time drop drastically in wins against Auburn and Alabama, Lady'Backs freshman Donica Cosby stayed calm, knowing her time would come. And with Arkansas struggling to hit shots and make plays Sunday against Florida, her time came sooner than later. "I was just waiting on my chance," Cosby said. "I know coach (Gardner) is going to give me another chance and when she does, I know I'm just going to play hard. "That's what I did." Battling back and forth with the Gators for most of the second half, Arkansas needed someone to step up, someone to help get over the hump. Cosby was that someone, scoring on a running lay-up and following that with a back-breaking — or should we say, Gator-breaking — 3-pointer to give Arkansas a 55-49 lead with 4 minutes, 14 seconds left to play. Before Cosby's streak of hot play, the game was certainly in doubt. After, it was Florida who was doing all the doubting. "I think Cosby's biggest lift is her attacking the basket," Gators coach Carolyn Peck said. "And her ability to drive and dish were key." After two games in what some would call coach Susie Gardner's doghouse (Cosby said she didn't notice her minutes cut, to which Gardner replied, "Oh yeah, they were cut."), it appears the show is up and running once again. The Cosby Show, that is. "Donica has been a big player for us in several games this year," Gardner said. "She's not afraid to take a big shot." It's Been A While Because of some sort of scheduling snafu by the SEC office, Arkansas hadn't played a game in Gainesville in quite some time before Sunday. Instead of the usual back and forth series, the Lady'Backs actually hosted Florida in consecutive seasons in 2005 and 2006. Arkansas last visited the Stephen O'Connell Center during the 2003-04 season. That year, the Lady'Backs picked up their only win ever in Gainesville, rallying for an 82-68 victory behind former all-SEC pick Shameka Christon. Gardner Gets It Done In Gainesville If you want Arkansas to win a women's basketball game at Florida, you want Susie Gardner coaching the Lady'Backs. Before Gardner arrived at Arkansas, the Gators were a perfect 6-0 against the Lady'Backs in Gainesville. But since Gardner took over? You got it, Arkansas is a perfect 2-0 at Florida. On Tap ... Arkansas stays on the road for perhaps its toughest trip of the season next week — at the beginning of possibly its most difficult week of play. The Lady'Backs travel to Baton Rouge, La. on Thursday to face No. 8 LSU before returning home Sunday to play host to No. 14 Vanderbilt — who whipped the Lady'Backs, 98-61, back on Jan. 4.

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