Senior Courtney Duever scored 23 points, grabbed 15 rebounds along with two assists, three blocks and three steals Thursday night to lead the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears to a 66-62 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in their Southland Conference opener at the Farris Center.
In a game of runs, the Sugar Bears (7-5, 1-0) took command with an 11-1 run after the Islanders (7-5, 0-1) to a 58-53 lead with 6:06 left.
Neither team scored a field goal in the final 6:06. The Sugar Bears held on by hitting 10 of 13 free throws down the stretch, led by Terai Sadler, who was six of six and eight of eight for the game.
UCA held the Islanders to 37.9 percent from the field for the game, 33.3 percent the second half.
Sadler and Maggie Proffitt, four of six from the field, each had 12 points for UCA.
UCA held a 38-27 rebound advantage.
UCA will continue its homestand at 2 p.m. Saturday against Houston Baptist.
Further details in Saturday's print edition of the Log Cabin Democrat.