Sugar Bears Top Nicholls

The Sugar Bears put forth one of the most prolific scoring nights in school history when they faced against Nicholls this past Saturday Jan. 23.

Central Arkansas had its highest half of scoring this season racking up 46 points in the second half on the way to their victory over the Colonels 71-65 at Stopher Gym. This marks the team’s sixth straight and what was now the Sugar Bears’ (16-2, 6-1 SLC) first victory over the Colonels (6-11, 4-3) since 2013.

The night was led by junior guard Maggie Proffitt who scored 18 of the teams points connecting on 7-13 shots from the field and assisting on defense with two steals. UCA would have four players score in double digits as they put on a dominating offensive display from the field.

Sophomore forward Taylor Baudin scored a season-high 14 points and three assists which was also her season-high. Junior Brianna Mullins and Senior Kendara Watts also pitched in with Watts scoring 10 on 3-7 attempts and Mullins scoring 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.

The night didn’t come easy with UCA having been outscored in the first half 29-25. Nicholls held a slight free-throw and field goal percentage advantage in the first half of the game but UCA would come out of the half and erase that deficit quickly.

In the second half UCA would go 14-26 from the field compared to Nicholls’s 13-26 holding a small advantage, and making a huge increase from the first half. Both teams would hit eight three-pointers in the second half but UCA would connect on six of those making a deciding 75 percent from the three-point line. The Sugar Bears would also get to the line often shooting 12 of 13 from the foul line which helped keep the game under control for the entire second half.

The Colonels struggled with the UCA defense as it forced up to eight turnovers in the second half.

UCA outscored Nicholls 46-36 in the second half of the game with 36 of those points coming from beyond the three-point line. Nicholls would have strong evenings from the program’s LiAnn McCarthy and Cassidy Barrios scoring 26 and 20 of their team’s points but it wasn’t enough to slow the Bears down. After scoring half of the team’s six three-pointers in the game’s finale Proffitt surpassed Micah Rice for the program’s division one career record in three-pointers with now 167 in just 79 games for her career.

The record was previously held over a span of 132 games from 2009 to 2014. The women are now looking to their next opponents to complete their three game road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Northwestern State.

This article originally appeared in the Jan. 27, 2016 print edition of The Echo.

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