Arkansas redshirt-sophomore Chelsea Dungee has been a bright spot for the Razorback women’s basketball team this season after having to sit out the 2017-18 season following her transfer from Oklahoma.
Dungee is leading the team in scoring and is third in three point percentage through the Razorbacks first 14 games.
Alyssa Orange had a chance to sit down with Dungee and discuss the move to Arkansas and what she thinks about this year’s Razorback team.
Below is a portion of the interview:
Alyssa Orange ” Well Chelsea you decided to transfer in from Oklahoma. When you were making that decision what went in to it, how did Arkansas get on your radar?”
Chelsea Dungee “Well it started off when I was at Oklahoma, my last game was against coach Neighbors at Washington at Washington. I’ve always been big fan of Mike Neighbors before this. So when I heard he was getting the job at Arkansas I though Oh I should visit there, that’s close to home. Someone I’d love to play for. I came on a visit, none of the girls were here. It was in the summer time. June or July I don’t know which one. He took me around the campus, we sat down, ate together, we talked about the plans that we had for Arkansas. I believed in that and I thought this is an opportunity and someone I want to play for this is the time this is where I want to be. Close to home.”
Alyssa “you sat her for a year because of the transfer rules and then you were able to play. You said that you talked about coach Neighbors. What was the role that he wanted you to embrace and then how you’ve seen your role develop over these last 11 games.”
Dungee ” I’ve always had the ability to lead a team. At Oklahoma I didn’t really have a chance or opportunity to a freshman coming in with five seniors there. So talking that over with Neighbors and telling him that’s something I’d like to do one day, I want to start working on the rolls and what it takes to even be a leader. I talked to him about those things and he said this is the place to do it. We haven’t been the best we can but that’s the goal, the end goal. This is a great place to start. That’s what we went with.”
Alyssa ” How fun has it been for all these new pieces that came in this year? You, Alexis, A’tyanna to gel the way that you guys have with the teammates who are already here and make things work so flawlessly so easily.”
Dungee “I think that can always be difficult when you bring in players who have already, new players, then players who have already been here. But I think coach Neighbors does a great job because he goes based off stats. Based off things you do in practice. There’s always room for another great shooter and that’s what Alexis is. So there’s always room for that. A’tyanna, backup point guard, that’s always behind Mal those are two great point guards. think she just adds extra to it so if Mal gets tired A’tyanna comes in and give us that boost of energy. She does a great role and her job is great. Me I think I fit in well too.”
Alyssa “The ceiling for this team you’ve got a little more games before you start SEC play and we know the SEC is one of the best if not the best conference in women’s basketball. The ceiling for this team to make the NCAA Tournament again?”
Dungee ” I think it’s there, I think we have the ability. It’s just we have to win games, we have to win big games. I liked our non-conference season was so difficult, I like the buzzer beater, I like the even losing to Iowa State. All of those things are going to come in to play when we get in to playing Missouri, playing south Carolina playing Mississippi State. we wont be afraid. When you have the mentality and the confidence, I feel like that’s what we need and that’s what will take us to the NCAA Tournament.”
Dungee and the Razorbacks beat Jackson State 76-57 to move to 11-3 on the season. Up next for the Hogs is the SEC opener with top 10 Mississippi State coming to Bud Walton Arena on Thursday night at 6 p.m. with the game airing on the SEC Network.