Proffitt, UCA surge in fourth quarter to win 14th in row
CENTRAL ARKANSAS 70, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 58
Trailing 30-25 at halftime, the University of Central Arkansas women’s team found a different gear in the second half to win its 14th game in a row.
Maggie Proffitt scored seven consecutive points in a 12- 0 UCA surge midway through the fourth quarter as the Sugar Bears (23-4, 152 Southland) knocked off Stephen F. Austin (21-6, 12-4) 70-58 on Saturday at the Farris Center in Conway.
Taylor Ross made a layup with 5:26 remaining to give the Lumberjacks their final lead at 53-52. Brianna Mullins scored on a layup with 4:16 left to regain the lead for UCA, then Proffitt took over.
The senior guard scored on three consecutive possessions, first on a jumper with 3:26 left. Twenty-four seconds later, she scored on a layup, then hit a three-pointer with 2:02 remaining for a 61-53 advantage for the Sugar Bears. Mullins broke Proffitt’s string with a free throw, but Proffitt made two free throws with 50 seconds left to end the 12-0 run and build a 64-53 lead.
Proffitt finished with a game-high 24 points on 7-of20 shooting, including 4 of 10 from three-point range.
Kierra Jordan scored nine first- quarter points as the Sugar Bears led 13-11 after the first 10 minutes, but Stephen F. Austin took control with a 19-12 second quarter. Ross’ jumper with 2:10 left in the half gave the Lumberjacks a 28-22. They extended it to their biggest edge with the first basket of the second half by Stevi Parker, but UCA responded with the next eight points to grab a 33-32 lead on Jordan’s three-point play with 6:49 left in the third.
The teams stayed within four points of each other until the Sugar Bears’ 12-0 run.
Jordan finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for UCA. Taylor Baudoin chipped in 13 points. Ross scored 19 points for Stephen F. Austin, and Parker had 11.
The Sugar Bears made 24 of 58 shots for 41.4 percent and held Stephen F. Austin to 17- of- 46 shooting for 37 percent. The Sugar Bears outrebounded the Lumberjacks 42-26.
SWAC WOMEN GRAMBLING ST. 68, UAPB 58
The UAPB Golden Lions women’s team fell behind by 13 points early in the second quarter and never could climb the mountain Saturday against Grambling State at the H.O. Clemmons Arena in Pine Bluff.
The Tigers (14-12, 12-3 SWAC) led 22-13 at the end of the first quarter and scored the first four points of the second quarter for a 26-13 edge with 9:18 remaining in the first half.
Destiny Brewton made a jumper for the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (12-15, 9-7) with 2:06 left in the half to cut the deficit to 32-26, which is what the score was at halftime.
Shakyla Hill’s three-pointer with 4:57 left in the third quarter put Grambling State up 43-31, and the Tigers led 48-37 entering the fourth quarter.
Down 52-41, UAPB scored the next eight points. Faith Ohanta’s jumper with 6:17 left pulled the Golden Lions within 52-49. After Grambling State pushed the lead back to 59-51 with 3:49 left, UAPB scored seven in a row. Ohanta’s three-pointer with 2:20 remaining made it 59-58, but the Golden Lions did not score again.
Ohanta finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for UAPB. Niya Head scored 14 points, and Brewton chipped in 12. Jazmin Boyd led all scorers with 24 points for the Tigers.