ATLANTA - When Jeff Dow recruited Arsula Clark to the Louisiana-Monroe basketball team, he knew the former Douglas County High standout had talent.
What he has been most impressive about the ULM freshman is her competitive nature.
Dow says that is one reason the point guard is second on the team in rebounding.
“She is such a competitor,” Dow said after the team’s game at Georgia State on Saturday. “She is clearly talented but I’m seriously amazed at how competitive she is.”
For a player of her size, Dow says that Clark has been impressive with the rebounding. She is listed at 5-foot-11, 140 pounds on the team’s roster.
“We think that 5-foot-11 is a stretch, but we do know that she is 140 pounds,” Dow grinned. “That’s pretty impressive for her to be that good of a rebounder.”
Clark, a former all-region and all-state player, has started 18 of the team’s 23 games. She is second on the team in points with a 9.8 average and also second in rebounding at 5.5 per game.
Clark leads the team with 49 assists and has 27 steals.
“It has been tough making the transition,” Clark said. “I just try to give all that I can to help the team win. I’ve seen myself improved in some areas.”
She says the most difficult transition has been in the number of losses that the team has sustained. ULM only has four wins on the season.
“Losing is tough because you can never get use to it,” Clark said. “I didn’t expect the losses but that is just a part of building a program and being a freshman. You got to learn how to handle a lot of things on the college level. I’m just looking to improve and help the team improve.”
Dow said he looks for Clark to cut down on the turnovers as she continues to learn and get adjusted to the college game.
“The next step is to get her to average that seven or eight assists per game,” Dow said. “She has to recognized when something is there and when it is not there. Also, her teammates are going to have to finish. We definitely love her competitiveness and that is what keeps her from getting too discourage.”