The Sugar Bears almost left Hammond, Louisiana with an upset to the Lady Lions, the worst team in the Southland Conference, but were able to pull through 64-60.
The Lady Lions (4-23, 3-13 SLC) didn’t let their ranking or record affect them as they came to play against the Sugar Bears (24-3, 14-2 SLC).
This is the lowest scoring game the Lady Bears have had during this four game winning stretch. Central Arkansas regularly averages 64.8 points per game, while holding their opponent to 51.0 points per game. While Southeastern Louisiana averages 63.5 points per game and holds their opponents to 79.4 points per game.
To begin the game the Lady Lions and the Sugar Bears would trade shots. The Lady Lions would hit an early three-pointer and junior guard Maggie Proffitt would
do the same. Proffitt led the Sugar Bears with a career-high 32 points. “I just came out of the beginning of the game and I was hitting and my teammates did a really good job looking for me because they knew I was hitting,” Proffitt said.
In the last three minutes Central Arkansas would go on a 5-0 run, making the score 16-11 at the end of the first quarter.
At the start of the second quarter Proffitt would hit two three’s to put the Sugar Bears up by 11. It seemed like Central Arkansas was going into overdrive like usual but the Lady Lions would stand their ground, with the help of senior forward Nanna Pool and junior forward Dani Fielder.
At the end of the first half Maggie Proffit, would have 16 points with no turnovers, while Pool had eight on 50 percent shooting.
“There center Nana pool had a really good game, and we didn’t do a good job of really stopping her and I feel like they got a lot of momentum of her,” Proffitt said.
In the third quarter the Lady Bears would only score 11 points which is well below their average of 17.5 points in the third quarter. While Southeastern would take advantage of this quarter to tie the game 40-40.
“There a good team, their record doesn’t show that, they had players that could really play,” junior guard Brianna Mullins said.
For the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, the Sugar Bears were down.
After that Central Arkansas would take the lead and never let it go sealing the win with a shot from senior forward Kendra Watts.
“We were pretty confident throughout the whole game, we just knew we were going to be able to win,” Proffitt said.
The Sugar Bears have two tough games to begin the month of March against Nicholls and McNeese State at home.
When asked about the last two games Mullins said, “They have always been a big rivalry game to us, so everybody is going to have to come out and play if we want to win.”
This article was originally published in the March 2, 2016 print edition of The Echo.
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