Five hundred Arkansas fans greeted the women's team at the Fayetteville airport when the Lady Razorbacks returned from their stunning 82-77 upset of Texas last Friday in Austin. The victory ended the Lady Longhorns' winning streak against Southwest Conference opponents at 183 games, dating back 13 years to a 59-52 loss to Texas A&M on Jan. 23, 1978, and a home court winning streak at 47 games. "I don't want anybody to pinch me," said Arkansas guard Juliet Jackson, whose 19 points included six straight free throws in the game's final 39 seconds. "I want to keep this dream going."
To their credit, the Lady Longhorns accepted the defeat with grace. Said losing coach Jody Conradt, "This team on this given night wasn't as good as its opponent. There has been a lot of pride in the streak. It had to end."
Vicki Hall, a standout sophomore forward for Texas, scored only nine points—about eight below her average—thanks to tight defense by Arkansas's Christi Willson. Lady Razorback coach John Sutherland called Hall, who made only two of 15 shots, the "heart and soul" of the Lady Longhorns. "And Christi shut her down," he said.
Arkansas, 21-3 at week's end to Texas's 20-4, had counted on snapping the streak on Jan. 24, when it hosted the Longhorns in Fayetteville. In fact, a sign in the arena that night proclaimed Arkansas SWC CHAMPS—1990. When Texas won 84-75, the Lady Longhorns confiscated the sign and placed it next to the visitors' side of a scoreboard inside their own Frank Erwin Center for all the Lady Razorbacks to see. After their upset, the Arkansas players pointed at the sign as they ran off the court. "We wanted it back," said junior center Delmonica DeHorney, "because it belongs in Arkansas now."
It may at that, considering that as of Sunday the Razorbacks were 14-1 in SWC play and the Longhorns were 13-1. The teams figure to meet again in the championship game of the conference tournament, which will be held on March 10 in Dallas.
North Georgia College has two starters who are both 29 years old: guard Jeff Steele and forward Jimmy Williams. Other senior citizens playing in the state include James Melson of Georgia College, 24; Leroy Gasque of Morris Brown, 24; Edgar Leon of Georgia Southwestern, 25; and Derrick Cooley of West Georgia, 24. Liniment anyone?...After Marquette was tagged with a school-record five technical fouls in an 82-65 loss to Wisconsin on Feb. 19, coach Kevin O'Neill said, "This may sound funny, but I thought we kept our composure." Right, coach....
Nevada-Las Vegas coach Jerry Tarkanian wasn't so busy with all his various problems that he couldn't pause to take a shot at longtime adversary Lute Olson of Arizona. Following the Wildcats' 95-87 loss to Vegas on Feb. 18, reports surfaced that Olson had accused UNLV guard Anderson Hunt of swearing at him after diving into the Arizona bench for a loose ball. Hunt not only denied the charge but also reportedly claimed that Olson did the swearing. Both parties have since denied even making the charges. It all prompted the following from Tarkanian: "He [ Olson] gives this saint's image, but that's false. If he had taped his ankles and put on a uniform, he could have played—he spent so much time on the court." Olson had no comment....
Quick, now: What basketball team has a lineup that includes Johnson, Worthy, Cooper and Green? Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., of course. Gaels coach Gary Brokaw has Joey Johnson, Shawn Worthy, Kevin Cooper and Sean Green. Alas, Brokaw could use L.A. Lakers Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Michael Cooper and A.C. Green. At week's end, Iona was 12-14....
As Florida was blowing a 13-point lead in what turned out to be a 62-59 loss to Miami on Feb. 19, a SportsChannel microphone picked up Gator coach Don DeVoe's remarks during a timeout. This being a family magazine, we cannot give you the complete transcript. Suffice it to say that a SportsChannel commentator was moved to remark, "I'm glad we're on after 9 p.m."