The Sugar Bears finished the last of their three game road trip in excellent fashion as they handed an undefeated Northwestern State at home their first stadium loss 74- 49 on Jan 27.
UCA recorded a historical night breaking the program record for the largest score deficit in a road game solidifying their status as the no. 1 SLC scoring defense averaging 48.1 points per game.
“Our coaching staff did a tremendous job getting us ready for the game,” junior center Taylor Strickland said.
UCA gave up just 49 points in comparison to their 48.1 per game average and forced the Lady Demons into 22 less points than their season average at home thus far.
The game was still hard-fought with Northwestern State launching a comeback midway through the second quarter as they brought the score to 27-25. The Bears would eventually score the remaining six points bringing the first half score to 33- 25 before the break.
The Bears played an efficient game scoring half their attempts from the field and shooting 100.0% from the foul line and winning the turnover battle.
The Sugar Bears began the game hot, scoring 21 first quarter points shooting 65.1% from the field. UCA would continue their efficiency throughout the game scoring 41 points in the second half and increasing their percentage to 61.5% for the second half.
UCA was able to put the game out of reach just in the third quarter having shot an impressive 71.4% from the field which carried them through the rest of the game. Junior guard Maggie Proffitt spoke about expecting a different game entirely.
“Coming into Wednesday’s game we thought it was going to be a dog fight. We were expecting a down to the wire game and we’re very happy to say it didn’t go that way,” Proffitt said.
Overall UCA shot their best percentage of the year so far with 56.6% on 30-53 attempts. This marks the Sugar bears seven straight conference as well as road victory.
Central Arkansas (17-2, 7-1 SLC) had been on a three-game losing streak facing Northwestern State (11-9, 5-4 SLC) in their stadium having not won there since 2012.
The night was led by sophomore forward Taylor Baudoin putting up her third double-double of the season scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Proffitt led another night of scoring making 14 points on 6-8 attempts. Senior guard Jameka Watkins had a season best eight assists and scored eight points.
Freshman guard Olivia McWilliams and junior guard Brianna Mullins scored an even eight points and junior center Taylor Strickland pitched in with six points and three rebounds.
The win gave UCA the first season to have won 17 games before February in the history of their division one program.
The Sugar Bears will be returning home for their next three games. They will first square off against Southeastern Louisiana on Feb. 3 here in Conway. After that they will be facing New Orleans on Feb. 6 and then a rematch against Northwestern State Feb. 10 at 7 pm.
This article originally appeared in the Feb. 3, 2016 print edition of The Echo.
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