One of the longest losing streaks in the country in college women’s basketball ended Monday night at the Farris Center.
Southern Illinois snapped a 22-game regular-season losing skid and gave first-year coach Cindy Stein her first victory in six tries with a 39-37 victory over the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears.
The Sugar Bears (5-3) shot just 15 of 58 (25.9 percent) from the field and were only 2 of 14 (14.3 percent) from 3-point range and 50 percent (5 of 10) at the free-throw line as they were held to their lowest point total since scoring 36 at Louisiana Tech in the 2008-09 season opener. No UCA player scored in double figures.
“We got outplayed, and we’re not listening,” said UCA coach Sandra Rushing.
“We are not playing as a unit. There’s a lot of selfish basketball, and we’re going to fix that. We missed some shots, and we can’t get into our offense. I’m very, very, very disappointed.”
Trailing by five, 38-33, with time slipping away, the Sugar Bears got a basket from Courtney Duever (1 of 9 from the field) with 20 seconds to go, then a Maggie Proffitt steal led to a layup by Jameka Watkins to cut the SIU lead to 1 with 14 seconds remaining.
A few seconds later, SIU’s Cartaesha Macklin made it a two-point game again with a free throw.
The Sugar Bears called a final timeout with four seconds left. They were unable to get a shot off as the ball was knocked away from Kelsei Ewings as she drove to the basket.
“When we’re not making shots, we’ve got to go play defense,” Rushing said. “SIU did exactly what they wanted when they wanted to tonight. It’s time for this team to grow up and take care of business.”
The Sugar Bears will try to break a two-game losing streak at 2 p.m. Saturday against Southern Miss as part of a doubleheader at the Farris Center. The UCA men will play Nebraska-Omaha at noon.
ST. JOSEPH CLASSIC
Vilonia defeated Mayflower’s girls, 56-39, on Monday in the St. Joseph Classic.
Leading Mayflower in scoring was Tierra Lasker with 17 points. LonJanae Wyatt had 14 points.
Mayflower will play Guy-Perkins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
In the other girls game, Lonoke downed Guy-Perkins, 69-51.
In boys action, Mayflower defeated Marshall, 76-52, and Guy-Perkins downed Perrville, 73-66.
The tournament continues through Saturday at the St. Joseph Family Activity Center.
CONWAY WHITE VS. CONWAY BLUE
Conway White defeated the Blue on Monday night in two junior high boys basketball games.
The White won the ninth-grade game, 44-29. Junior Williams, with 13, and Nathan Maull, with 10, led in scoring.
The White won the eighth-grade game, 43-25.
Joe Thomas scored 13, and Stuart Lowe and Logan White each had 8 for the White.
RUTH DOYLE GIRLS
The Ruth Doyle Middle School seventh-grade girls defeated Greenbrier, 45-11, Monday night.
Reagan Roetzel led all scorers with 20 points for Ruth Doyle, while Asiyha Smith had 17.
Ruth Doyle also won the B game, 16-10. Blaklee Scott had 8 points and Kaleah Tyler added 4.