Lady Lions sweep Hillcats to end season

FORT SMITH — With their hopes of a berth in the Heartland Conference Tournament gone, the UAFS Lady Lions were playing for pride on Thursday night against the Rogers State Hillcats.

That was enough.

Freshman forward Justyne Huber and sophomore guard Brittany Holbert each scored in double-figures as the Lady Lions held off the Hillcats for a 75-71 win at the Stubblefield Center in the regular-season finale for both teams.

UAFS (9-17, 6-14) swept the regular-season series with Rogers State (9-17, 6-14), which is a provisional NCAA Division II member and ineligible to compete for the regular-season title or qualify for postseason play.

Huber scored 19 points to lead the Lady Lions, who led 30-22 at halftime, while Holbert chipped in 10 points – half of which came at the free-throw line.

Senior guard Destyni Howard, who was the lone upperclassman honored on Senior Night, just missed a double-double in her final game, finishing with a team-high 10 rebounds and nine points.

Blossoms take down SAU at home

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team nearly doubled Southern Arkansas’ point total in the second half to highlight a 63-44 win over the Lady Muleriders at home on Rivalry Thursday in the Great American Conference.

The Blossoms (7-18, 3-16 GAC) outscored 36-19 in the second half after leading by two points at the halftime break (27-25).

Nikki Mullen recorded her 13th double-digit scoring game of the season to tie teammate Donlicia James for the game-high in scoring. Both had 18 points in the win. James also had a game-high eight rebounds. James’ 18 points is a season-high and marks only the third time of the year she has reached double-digits in scoring. Sophomore Jordan Goforth also reached double-digits for the Blossoms with 11 points, while adding seven rebounds and five assists to her final totals.

Aarika Reyna led the Lady Muleriders (11-14, 7-12 GAC) with 14 points in 22 minutes off the bench.

The Blossoms close out the 2013-14 season on Saturday at home against Ouachita Baptist at the Steelman Field House.


Weevils collect 25-point win over SAU

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team shot 64 percent from the field and totaled 13 more reboundsthan rival Southern Arkansas to highlight an 89-64 Great American Conference victory over the Muleriders on Thursday inside Steelman Field House.

UAM (18-9, 11-8 GAC) led for the majority of the contest, holding as much as an eight-point advantage in the first 20 minutes. The Muleriders (11-14, 7-12 GAC) surged late in the opening half to take a one-point lead with 2:52 remaining, but the Weevils responded by closing out the half outscoring SAU 12-2 to take an eight-point lead of 44-36 at the halftime break.

Sharif Hudson led all scorers with a new career-high of 22 points in the win over SAU. UAM had four other scorers reach double digits. Senior Jared Harrison followed with 17 points, junior Kenric McCants had 16 points and nine assists, Brandon Wilson finished with 14 points, and Trey Wells chipped in with 12 points in 16 minutes off the bench.

Duke Reed led SAU with 13 points.

The Weevils close out the regular season on Saturday at home against Ouachita Baptist.

Bears knock off Bearkats

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Bears did a lot of things right Thursday night in knocking off the second-place Sam Houston State Bearkats 80-71 in front of a crowd of 1,378 at the Farris Center.

UCA (7-19, 4-11) had four players in double figures, led by senior guard LaQuentin Miles with 24 points and 12 rebounds, his eighth career double-double. Miles scored 13 points in the first half, leading the Bears to a 38-34 halftime lead. They never trailed in the second half as fellow senior DeShone McClure scored 11 of his 14 points after halftime.

It was UCA’s first victory over Sam Houston in the 12th career meeting.

Lenell Brown finished with 11 points and Jalen Jackson had 10 for the Bears. Four players had at least seven rebounds for the Bears. UCA also blocked nine shots, one short of tying the season high.

UCA will host the Lamar Cardinals for "Senior Day" on Saturday.