Arkansas' Dawkins will have say in which women's teams make NCAA Tournament

Arkansas' Derita Renee'-Ratcliffe Dawkins poses Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, inside the Martin Family Basketball Performance Center in Fayetteville. (Hank Layton/NWA Democrat-Gazette)

The cell phone buzzed on the night table beside Mike Neighbors’ bed.

It was well past midnight when the phone did its text message jiggle, rousing the Arkansas women’s basketball coach from a deep sleep last March.