Berna Commits to Lady Backs

The Arkansas Lady Razorbacks get a big commitment from 2011 Fayetteville point guard Cali Berna (5-9), who will stay home to play her college basketball.

The Lady Backs are going to get better because they are keeping a talented Lady Bulldog home.

Fayetteville point guard Cali Berna (5-9), arguably the state's top 2011 girls hoops prospect and the sister of Razorback football player Colby Berna, confirmed Sunday that she has committed to the University of Arkansas.

She chose the Lady Razorbacks over co-finalist Iowa State, offers from ORU, UALR, Arkansas State, UCA and UT-San Antonio and interest from Florida and Ole Miss.

"Everybody pretty much knows that I had it down to Arkansas and Iowa State," Berna said. "Arkansas just did a great job recruiting me. While Iowa State has like 9,000 fans for their games, none of them would have been there just for me. My family wouldn't be able to just come to every game.

"My family is very important to me and with my brother already at Arkansas this just seems like the right thing to do so they can all see me play," Berna added. "I want to sign in November and now I can just concentrate on my senior season.

Berna averaged 11.2 points, 5 points and 3 steals per game last season for the Lady Bulldogs, who she led to the 7A state title as a sophomore and back to the title game as a junior.

"I think everybody knows that my strength is my passing and being able to get the ball to somebody that is open," Berna said. "I am very good at getting to the rim and shooting the 3-pointer, but what I want to get better is pulling up and knocking down the jump shot."

Berna, who plays AAU basketball for the Arkansas Mavericks, joins former Van Buren star Erin Gatling - a transfer from Southern Miss - as known newcomers that will be ready to play in 2011.

The Lady Razorbacks - 12-18 last season - added four signees in the 2010 class in Florida prep point guard Yashira Delgado, Texarkana shooting guard Christassa Walters, Georgia power forward Keira Peak and 6-3 center Darsha Burnside of California.

"I think Coach Colleen is a really good coach and he is going to get the program really going," Berna said. "He has come from good programs and has been very successful. I also like the assistant coaches - Coach Z(enaree Antoine) and coach (Timothy) Eatman."

Photo by Marc F. Henning

Cali Berna (left) hustles for a loose ball.

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