The University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears took advantage of their bench in Monday’s 94-47 win over the Central Baptist College Mustangs at the Farris Center.
UCA assistant coach Greg Long said having a strong bench this year is huge.
“We’re excited that we actually have a bench now,” he said. “That we can look down there and see that there are more than three players. It helps our people out. We’re excited about our bench and the energy that everybody has.”
The Sugar Bears sent all but one player on the roster in the game, with all but one player scoring.
Sophomore Tieraney Paylor was the lone UCA player to not get in the game and junior Bhrea Griffin was the lone Sugar Bear not to score.
UCA’s scoring was led by juniors Taylor Baudoin, who was eight of nine from the field, and Kierra Jordan, who was seven of 12 from the field. Each scored 16.
Seniors Maggie Proffitt and Taylor Strickland both reached double figures in the game, with Proffitt scoring 11 and Strickland scoring 13.
However, stat lines are not the focus of the Sugar Bears.
“Everybody looks at stat lines, but we really look at the score in the game,” Long said. “Our girls know that’s one thing we talk about in the locker room. That’s the one stat that matters. Kierra Jordan had a great game. You can look down the stat line and see that we had 27 assists.
“Our players did a great job of looking for one another. Raq Logan had a great game. It doesn’t show up much with points, but when she’s consistently putting together six points, eight rebounds and three assists, you know she’s doing a great job. Taylor B. had a great game, as well. It was a great game.”
Despite the lopsided win, Long said there are still things UCA needs to improve on, but there is a positive.
“There are a number of things out there that we’re not happy with, but the one thing that we like is the team is playing well together,” he said. “We don’t have to fix everything, but we’re trying to keep their focus defensively. I think everyone that knows us knows that defense is a huge aspect for what we’re trying to do.”
The UCA defense gave the Mustangs fits all game, as CBC had no players reach double figures and shot 27.8 percent from the field.
The Mustangs will travel to St. Louis, Missouri, for their next game Thursday against St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
The Sugar Bears head to Lubbock, Texas, on Wednesday to face the Texas Tech University Lady Raiders.