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Former University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (Westark College back then) player, and current Arkansas womenâ€™s assistant coach, Tari Cummings from Pocola was inducted earlier this month into the schoolâ€™s Sports Hall of Fame.
Cummings played two seasons at UAFS (then Westark College), leading the Lady Lions to a combined 52-9 record, a NJCAA Region II Tournament championship and a seventh-place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament. Cummings, who was team captain for two seasons, scored 1,262 points as a Lady Lion and earned NJCAA All-American honors as a sophomore after averaging 23.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and shooting 65.5 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from 3-point range.
â€śIt is truly a special place and one that I hold dear to my heart. I had amazing coaches and teammates my two years here,â€ť said Cummings about playing at then-Westark College. â€śNot only were we successful on and off the court, but we were truly like a family. I have made some great lifelong friends, and I am very proud to be a Lady Lion.â€ť