UCA 77, McNeese State 69
For the third straight year, the Sugar Bears (15-13, 8-9) went into overtime against the Cowgirls (15-12, 10-6.) UCA is now 3-0 against the Cowgirls in overtime.
Senior forward Megan Herbert matched her season high with 35 points. Her high-scoring performance moved her into third place in Southland Conference history for career points. Hebert added 17 rebounds for her 82nd career double-double.
“It was a great team win,” Herbert said. “They beat us by 16 earlier in the year so we wanted to get our revenge and ruin their senior night. It’s a great confidence boost heading into the last game and the conference tournament.”
Herbert’s performance against the Cowgirls propelled her to being named Southland Conference Player of the Week. She has received the honor four times this season.
UCA trailed 65-62 with 30 seconds remaining in regulation when junior center Courtney Duever converted a three-point play to tie the game. McNeese State junior forward Cecilia Okoye missed a last-chance shot and Herbert grabbed the rebound to send the game into overtime.
The Sugar Bears scored the first six points in overtime to propel themselves to the eight-point win.
Duever had 13 points and 14 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season.
Senior guard Tracey Parsons added 12 points and freshman guard Jameka Watkins contributed with seven points and seven rebounds.
The Sugar Bears trailed 38-33 at halftime but held the Cowgirls to just 22.5 percent (9 of 40) shooting in the second half and overtime.
UCA won the rebounding battle 53-38 and had 17 second-chance points. McNeese State only tallied nine second-chance points.
“I was proud we never gave up,” UCA Head Coach Sandra Rushing said. “Our effort was great and we played to win instead of playing not to lose. Every game is a must-win now.”
Two days before the overtime win at McNeese, UCA lost 76-53 to the third-ranked Lamar Lady Cardinals in Beaumont, Texas.
UCA 76, Lamar 53
The Sugar Bears never led in the game and trailed by nine at halftime. Herbert sat out almost 19 minutes of the first half after early foul trouble.
Lamar went on a 9-2 run to start the second half and pushed their lead to 31 to put the game out of reach.
UCA went 0-11 from three-point range and shot 31 percent from the field. Lamar shot 50 percent from three-point range and the field.
It was the Lady Cardinals first win over UCA in five meetings and the Sugar Bears worst conference loss in more than three years.
The win moved Lamar into a tie with Oral Roberts and Sam Houston State atop the Southland Conference standings. The Sugar Bears are currently ranked sixth.
Senior guard Desiree’ Rogers scored 13 points to give her 1,000 points for her career. She is the 22nd player is school history to reach the mark.
Herbert added 19 points and 11 rebounds. She became just the 10th player in Division I history to record 2,200 career points and 1,400 career rebounds.
Sophomore forward Dominique Edwards led Lamar with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guard Gia Ayers added 15 points and senior guard Kalis Loyd scored 14 for the Lady Cardinals.
The Sugar Bears close out the regular season with senior night against Oral Roberts University on March 9 at the Farris Center.
The game will be the last at the Farris Center for Herbert, Parsons, Rodgers, forward Britney Gowans and center Chantel Moss.