HAMMOND, La. — Central Arkansas combined its best shooting day of the season, a strong defensive effort, and a career day from senior Britney Gowans to score its second consecutive 16-point road win – defeating Southeastern Louisiana 76-60 at the University Center on Saturday.
The Sugar Bears (9-4, 2-0 Southland), who have yet to trail through two conference games, hit a season-high nine 3-pointers on 19 attempts (47.4 percent) and shot 54.5 percent from the field while holding the Lady Lions (7-6, 0-2) below their season average with a 38.6 shooting percentage.
Gowans was the catalyst for the Sugar Bears, getting 23 points on 8-for-10 shooting including a 5-for-6 performance beyond the arc.
“BG brings so much energy to our team and her enthusiasm helps us and carries over to the rest of the team,” coach Sandra Rushing said.
Gowans, who also had three rebounds, three assists and two steals, easily eclipsed her previous career scoring high of 16 points.
Five Sugar Bears scored in double figures, with Megan Herbert scoring 15, Desiree’ Rogers 11, and Courtney Duever and Tracey Parsons 10 each.
Herbert also had a game-high 13 rebounds for her 72nd career double-double, moving her into a tie for 7th place in Division I history with hall of famer Cheryl Miller (USC 1983-86) and Chris Moreland (Duke, 1985-88). Duever added nine rebounds and Parson had seven assists for the Sugar Bears.
The Sugar Bears will now return home to face Stephen F. Austin and Northwestern State on Thursday and Saturday.