Women's basketball player profiles

By: Paul Boyd
Published: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Image from Arkansas' 88-80 win over Houston Thursday March 21, 2019 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville during the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament.
Photo by J.T. Wampler
Image from Arkansas' 88-80 win over Houston Thursday March 21, 2019 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville during the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament.

Kiara Williams

POSITION: Forward/Center

HEIGHT: 6-1

CLASS: Senior

HOMETOWN: Little Rock

LAST SEASON: Started all 37 games and led the Razorbacks in rebounding, averaging 6.6 per game and blocked shots (1.5 per game). … Scored a season-high 15 points at Georgia and in Arkansas’ win over Houston in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. … Grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and blocked a career-best 7 shots at then-No. 17 Kentucky.

THE SKINNY: Despite being undersized, she will be a presence inside as a rebounder and defender and also has shown to be an outstanding passer.

A’Tyanna Gaulden

POSITION: Guard

HEIGHT: 5-7

CLASS: Redshirt Junior

HOMETOWN: Ocilla, Ga.

LAST SEASON: Averaged 5 points and 2 steals per game while playing in 30 games off the bench last year. … Scored in double figures in four games, including five 3-pointers against Arizona State. … Missed seven games because of an injury.

THE SKINNY: Should again give good depth at the guard position and serve as a backup point guard.

Marquesha Davis

POSITION: Forward

HEIGHT: 6-0

CLASS: Freshman

HOMETOWN: Springdale

LAST SEASON: Earned first-team All-Arkansas honors and averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior at Springdale. … Chose Arkansas over Kentucky, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Houston and Georgia Tech.

THE SKINNY: Her athleticism and length should help make Davis an impact player as a freshman.

Alexis Tolefree

POSITION: Guard

HEIGHT: 5-8

CLASS: Senior

HOMETOWN: Alexander

LAST SEASON: Averaged 10.2 points per game, including a season-high 22 against Arizona State. … Led the Razorbacks in scoring in seven games. … Made a team-high 77 3-point shots and played in 36 of Arkansas’ 37 games, averaging 24 minutes per game.

THE SKINNY: Showed the ability to make the perimeter shot and has worked hard in the offseason to improve her consistency.

Erynn Barnum

POSITION: Forward

HEIGHT: 6-2

CLASS: Redshirt Freshman

HOMETOWN: Little Rock

LAST SEASON: Redshirted last season while becoming academically eligible.

THE SKINNY: Has a knack for getting past defenders and scoring inside and should help give the Razorbacks more size and length on the interior.

Grayce Spangler

HEIGHT: 5-11

CLASS: Junior

HOMETOWN: Fayetteville

LAST SEASON: Played in 13 games and made 7 of 14 3-pointers.

THE SKINNY: Should provide depth off the bench.

Jailyn Mason

POSITION: Guard

HEIGHT: 5-9

CLASS: Senior

HOMETOWN: Mason, Ohio

LAST SEASON: Averaged 30 minutes per game, second-highest on the team. … Averaged eight points, 3.6 rebounds and almost two assists per game. … Shot 38 percent from 3-point range. … Averaged 12 points per game during three WNIT games including a season-high 17 against TCU.

THE SKINNY: Has been the hallmark of consistency for the Razorbacks and should provide more of the same this season as a scorer, passer, rebounder and defender.

Avery Hughes

POSITION: Guard

HEIGHT: 5-7

CLASS: Freshman

HOMETOWN: Bentonville

LAST SEASON: Finished as Bentonville’s second all-time leading scorer. … Earned all-state and all-conference honors twice for the Lady Tigers. Helped lead Bentonville to a Class 6A state runner-up finish.

THE SKINNY: Should provide depth as a walk-on for the Razorbacks.

Amber Ramirez

POSITION: Guard

HEIGHT: 5-9

CLASS: Redshirt Junior

HOMETOWN: San Antonio

LAST SEASON: Redshirted after transferring from TCU.

THE SKINNY: Averaged just under 10 points per game in each of her two season at TCU and shot 38 percent from 3-point range. … Should give the Razorbacks another perimeter scoring threat.

Taylah Thomas

POSITION: Forward

HEIGHT: 6-1

CLASS: Junior

HOMETOWN: Arlington, Texas

LAST SEASON: Played in all 37 games, averaging 17 minutes per game. … Shot a shade over 50 percent from the floor (51-of-101). … Averaged 5 rebounds per game. … Led Arkansas with 11 points against Prairie View A&M. … Grabbed 12 rebounds, her second game to reach double digits in her career, in a win over Wisconsin.

THE SKINNY: Returned in better shape this season and has improved quickness … Should again split time with Kiara Williams at a post position.

Destinee Oberg

POSITION: Center

HEIGHT: 6-3

CLASS: Freshman

HOMETOWN: Burnsville, Minn.

LAST SEASON: Missed the season because of an injury. … Chose Arkansas over Florida State, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Dakota, Purdue, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and others.

THE SKINNY: Gives the Razorbacks some much-needed size inside.

Macy Weaver

POSITION: Forward

HEIGHT: 6-3

CLASS: Junior

HOMETOWN: Davis Junction, Ill.

LAST SEASON: Played in 12 games but was limited because of an injury.

THE SKINNY: Continues to give the Razorbacks depth at the post position.

Chelsea Dungee

POSITION: Junior

HEIGHT: 5-11

CLASS: Redshirt Junior

HOMETOWN: Sapulpa, Okla.

LAST SEASON: Set a single-season record with 759 points. … Earned second-team all-Southeastern Conference honors by the coaches and media. … Scored in double figures in 34 of 37 games, including six games of 30 or more. … Set a school record for an SEC game with 41 points against Auburn. … Became only the second player in school history to earn SEC all-tournament honors.

THE SKINNY: Comes in with preseason accolades being named first-team preseason all-SEC and third-team All-American after an outstanding first season at Arkansas.

Ginger Reece

POSITION: Forward

HEIGHT: 5-10

CLASS: Freshman

HOMETOWN: Lawton, Okla.

LAST SEASON: Guided Lawton Eisenhower to its second consecutive state tournament appearance. … Chose Arkansas over Texas Christian and Washington.

THE SKINNY: Looks to help the Razorbacks with added depth off the bench.

Makayla Daniels

POSITION: Guard

HEIGHT: 5-8

CLASS: Freshman

HOMETOWN: Frederick, Md.

LAST SEASON: Named Maryland’s Miss Basketball after averaging 21.4 points per game. … Frederick High School’s all-time leading scorer (boy or girl). … Chose Arkansas over Iowa, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Marshall, Delaware, Richmond and Saint Joseph’s.

THE SKINNY: Should help give depth at the point guard position and has the ability to also rebound well from that spot.

Rokia Doumbia

POSITION: Guard

HEIGHT: 5-9

CLASS: Sophomore

HOMETOWN: Bradenton, Fla.

LAST SEASON: Played in 23 games … Scored season-high 11 points against Northwestern (La.) State.

THE SKINNY: Looks to get more playing time this season off the bench for the Razorbacks.

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