Prof­fitt, UCA surge in fourth quar­ter to win 14th in row

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - WEATHER -

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.

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