BASKETBALL

UALR’s 16-0 run falls short as Missouri State wins

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The UALR women’s basketball team went on a suffocating 16-0 run midway through the second half to erase a 14-point deficit, but Missouri State scored the points that mattered late for a 72-68 victory at JQH Arena on Wednesday night.

The Trojans, trailing by double digits for much of the evening, mounted a thrilling comeback that silenced the nearly 3,200 fans in the Lady Bears’ building. But after UALR did not allow a MSU basket for more than seven minutes and took a 57-51 lead with 5:25 to go, Missouri State scored 10 of the next 12 points and never trailed again.

UALR (1-1) was in foul trouble all night, and four of its five starters fouled out before the contest ended. Taylor Gault — who led the Trojans with 23 points and scored the 1,000th of her career in the first half – missed the final 10 seconds after fouling out. Kiera Clark, who had 11 points, fouled out with 1:05 to go. And freshman Keanna Keys had to watch from the bench as the Lady Bears (1-1) hit their last two free throws. Ford had 15 points, and Shanity James was the fourth Trojan in double figures with 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half.

The Trojans return to action next week when they travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., for a date with Southern Miss.

Blossoms blast Lemoyne-Owen

MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team scored early and often leading to a 95-36 win over LeMoyne-Owen College on Wednesday night at home.

The Blossoms (2-0) scored the first 10 points of the game, and after the Lady Magicians (0-4) nailed a pair of consecutive jumpers to pull to within six points, maintained that double-digit lead throughout the remainder of the game.

Sophomore Nikki Mullen finished the game with five made three-pointers and led all scorers with 23 points on a 7-for-10 shooting performance.

In addition to Mullen’s game-high 23 points, sophomore Jordan Goforth added 16 points, James finished with 14 and junior Tamia Grady ended the game with 12 points. Senior Raija McWright finished the game with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Freshman Poohnu Perry aided UAM’s offensive attack with a game-high and career-high eight assists in addition to her six points and five steals.

The Blossoms hit the road for the first time of the regular season this Nov. 16 to face Missouri S&T.

VOLLEYBALL

Harding ranks ninth in Central Region

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Harding volleyball team is ranked ninth in the NCAA Division II central region on Wednesday in the latest poll released by the NCAA.

Harding has a 24-7 overall record and is 22-3 against in-region opponents.

The top eight teams in the region are invited to the NCAA postseason tournament hosted by the No. 1 seed in the region. In the first central region poll released last Wednesday, Harding was ranked sixth.

The regional tournament will be held Dec. 5-7. The last time HU made the NCAA tournament was in 2005.

The Lady Bisons will be back in action on Thursday as they wrap up their regular season schedule at Arkansas-Monticello.