Sugar Bears pull away in 1st half, roll to victory over Alcorn State

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) — After struggling early, Central Arkansas went on a 13-0 run late in the first quarter to assume control of the game against Alcorn State, and pulled away from the Lady Braves over the next two quarters as the Sugar Bears rolled to a 75-52 win in the Farris Center on Monday.

The Sugar Bears (2-1) took a few minutes to get going – having just two points almost four minutes in – but once they did, took little time in distancing themselves from the Lady Braves (3-1), using that early run to take a 9-point lead before putting up 28 in the 2nd quarter to lead 45-27 at the break.

In the third quarter the Sugar Bear lead would swell to as many as 25, with the Lady Braves never drawing closer than 19 the rest of the way.

Senior center Kierra Jordan picked up her first double-double of the season and fourth of her Sugar Bear career with 20 points and 12 rebounds while also blocking 3 shots. Taylor Baudoin also had a season-high 20 points with 7 rebounds. Junior guard Kamry Orr was in double figures for the third consecutive game, scoring 14. Senior guard Angel Williams had a career-high 10 points and also gave the Sugar Bears their lone 3-pointer of the night, as they shot just 1 of 7 (14.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Both Orr and Williams dished out 4 assists to lead the Sugar Bears.

The Sugar Bears return to action Nov. 28 in the Farris Center against Crowley’s Ridge, then turn right around for a trip to Knoxville to take on No. 12 Tennessee on the Nov. 30.

NOTES

• The win extends the Sugar Bears’ non-conference home winning streak to 16

• The Sugar Bears are now 28-3 at home dating back to the beginning of the 2015-16 season

• The victory keeps the Sugar Bears perfect in their series against Alcorn State, improving to 7-0

• It was the first time this season that two Sugar Bears scored 20 points, and the first time since Maggie Proffitt (26) and Kierra Jordan (22) did so at Houston Baptist on Jan. 17 last season

• At 54.9 percent, the Sugar Bears had their best shooting night of the season, despite a season-low 14.3 percent (1-for-7) from 3-point range

QUOTES

Head Coach Sandra Rushing

“We’ve got to continue to keep our foot on the pedal and not let up. We let up a little bit. People pick up their intensity, we’ve got to keep ours to match it and keep going. I thought we let up, but I’m also very pleased with some things I saw. But, we have a lot of work to do. I’m excited to see how this team is going to grow.”

“One thing about tonight’s game – we had some turnovers we shouldn’t have had, but we also gave up 16 offensive rebounds. That usually gets you beat. We’ve definitely got to work on that. We’re going to break down this film and watch it tomorrow, but they already know the mistakes we made. We spent probably an hour, hour and a half last week because we knew they were going to press us and tonight we looked like we didn’t know what was going on. It goes back to the inexperience of us playing together – it’s only our third ballgame. I see a lot of potential, but we can’t let up and have to continue to work and keep building and believing in what we’re doing.”

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