FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas coach Susie Gardner feels
like she has finally, in her fourth season, been able to put her
stamp on the women's basketball program.
Although the Lady Razorbacks advanced to the NIT last season, it
was not until this year that Gardner has felt the program was
A school-record 14-1 start certainly has helped.
Arkansas (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today; No. 23 AP) won its seventh straight game, led by Donica
Cosby's 23 points and Lauren Ervin's 17, to knock off Cincinnati
94-82 on Thursday.
"This year, it does feel right," Gardner said. "With the
exception of Danielle [Allen] and Sarah [Pfeifer], every player we
recruited....It does feel right and it does feel good."
Cosby made a major contribution early in the game when Brittney
Vaughn picked up two quick fouls less than two minutes into the
game. Cosby came off the bench and ignited an Arkansas rally. She
scored with a 3-pointer at the buzzer -- her fourth in four attempts
from beyond the arc. By halftime, the Lady Razorbacks had a double
digit lead at 42-28.
"Donica played great during that stretch," Gardner said.
"Brit is really our only true point guard, but Donica understands
she's going to have to play there."
For the first 10 minutes of the second half, Arkansas did not
attempt a 3-point shot and the Bearcats (9-3) were able to whittle
away the lead. The Bearcats pulled within four points three
separate times in the second half.
"We adjusted at halftime to make sure we got on their shooters
before they got their hands on the ball," Cincinnati coach Laurie
Pirtle said. "We guarded the 3-pointers well, but we let them
penetrate and get to the free throw line more than I would have
Ervin, who totaled 16 rebounds and eight blocks, had a personal
6-0 run that helped Arkansas hold off the Bearcats rally. She took
over the game with just over 8 minutes left. Her two layups and a
pair of free throws pushed Arkansas' lead back to double-figures.
Dominique Washington also scored 19 points for Arkansas, and
Vaughn added 11.
Treasure Humphries led Cincinnati with 25 points. Karen Twehues
added 18, and Shelly Bellman, Carla Jacobs and Michelle Jones had
10 points each.