UA Women Roll Past Stetson

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas women's basketball team got off to a quick start against Stetson Wednesday and closed 2008 with a bang.

Four Razorbacks scored in double figures and Arkansas forced 21 turnovers in cruising to an 85-44 win over the Hatters in Bud Walton Arena.

Arkansas (11-3) took control quickly with an 18-5 run as six different Razorbacks scored. The Razorbacks turned an 11-8 lead into a 29-13 advantage with 7 minutes, 56 seconds left in the opening half and they went on to the easy victory.

Senior Ayana Brereton, who tied a season high with 17 points, said the team had great intensity from the start. Sophomore Shanita Arnold said the team came out thinking defense.

Arkansas finished with 12 steals and scored 26 points off Stetson turnovers.

"It made it real easy," said Arnold, who chipped in 16. "I think we play off our defense. Coach (Tom Collen) harped on getting out in transition (in the first half) and in the second half we focused on running set plays and getting ready for Texas Tech."

Brereton and Arnold formed a nice 1-2 punch in the Razorbacks' big first half, scoring 15 points each. Brereton hit 7 of 8 floor shots with an assist and a steal. Arnold added three steals and two assists and also hit 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

Arkansas coach Tom Collen said his team's full-court pressure worked well early in the game.

"It was a good win to prepare for the new year," Collen said. "I think the kids will feel good about it. We got everybody in there and the kids need that."

Jessica Conner led Stetson (5-6) with 12 points. Hatters coach Lynn Bria did not attend the postgame news conference.

Arkansas shot just 47 percent (32-of-68) from the floor for the game but the numbers slipped in the second half after the Razorbacks shot 51 percent (21-of-41) in the first 20 minutes.

While Arkansas' defense led to several easy baskets, the Razorbacks also shot well from outside. Arnold, Lyndsay Harris and freshman Julie Inman hit three 3-pointers each as Arkansas hit 10 of 29 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Harris added 15 points and Inman chipped in 11 from off the bench for Arkansas, which will close out nonconference play at Texas Tech on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Razorbacks open Southeastern Conference play at home against LSU on Jan. 8.



Why the Razorbacks Won

Arkansas forced 17 first-half turnovers to jump to a 48-18 halftime lead and four Razorbacks scored in double figures to cruise to the easy win.

Why the Hatters Lost

Stetson shot 32 percent (16-of-50) from the floor and committed 21 turnovers.





Arkansas 85, Stetson 44



Stetson (5-6)

Player MN FG FT REB PF PTS

Conner 33 5-9 2-4 8 2 12

Barkley 24 3-9 2-2 2 1 8

Brown 23 1-6 2-4 4 1 4

Carannante 27 1-2 2-2 7 1 4

Smith 25 3-9 0-0 1 1 6

Ellison 21 1-4 0-0 1 0 3

Jackson 23 2-7 0-1 5 0 5

Bivins 8 0-3 2-2 0 3 2

Roman 16 0-1 0-0 2 2 0

Totals 200 16-50 10-15 34 11 44



Arkansas (11-3)

Player MN FG FT REB PF PTS

Jones 14 3-5 2-2 1 1 8

Brereton 24 8-12 0-0 9 3 17

Arnold 29 6-11 1-2 2 2 16

Ricketts 21 2-7 1-3 4 2 5

Harris 32 4-13 4-6 3 1 15

Townsend 12 1-3 1-2 2 1 3

Daniels 13 0-1 2-2 3 0 2

Inman 21 4-6 0-0 4 0 11

McCray 8 2-5 0-0 3 2 4

Richardson 16 0-2 0-0 2 2 0

Williams 10 2-3 0-0 4 0 4

Totals 200 32-68 11-17 41 14 85

3-point FG — Stetson 2-10 (Ellison 1-3, Jackson 1-4) Arkansas 10-29 (Inman 3-5, Arnold 3-7, Harris 3-9). Assists — Stetson 8 (Smith 3), Arkansas 22 (Ricketts 5, Harris, Inman 4). Steals — Stetson 3 (Carannante 2), Arkansas 12 (Arnold 4). Blocks — Stetson 1 (Barkley 1), Arkansas 4 (Williams, Inman, McCray, Jones 1). Turnovers — Stetson 21 (Conner 6), Arkansas 9 (Jones 2).

Stetson 18 26 — 44

Arkansas 48 37 — 85

Officials: John Morningstar, Kelly Johnson, Leslie Claybrooke.

Technical Fouls: none. Fouled out: None.

Attendance: 1,229.

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