Goforth Leads Blossoms To Win Over Rangers

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv_sports 10dbMONTICELLO — Freshman Jordan Goforth tied her career high with 23 points to lead the University of Arkansas-Monticello’s women’s basketball team to a 66-57 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State at home on Thursday night.

   Goforth went 8-for-12 from the field, 3-for-3 from three-point range, and added four points at the foul line to finalize her scoring. She also had a team high seven rebounds.

   The Cotton Blossoms (4-13, 2-10 GAC) never trailed in the contest and led by as much as 10 points following a 13-2 scoring run to close out the first half, giving the team a 27-17 lead at the break.

   UAM grew that lead to 12 points in the opening two minutes of the second half, but the Rangers (4-13, 3-8 GAC) fought back, immediately posting a 13-3 scoring run to trim UAM’s lead to two points at the 14:29 mark on a pair of free throws from Mandy Norman.

   UAM grew its lead to as much as eight points before NWOSU used another surge to force the game’s second tie on a 9-1 scoring run to force a 46-all lock at the eight minute media timeout. The Cotton Blossoms recaptured the lead and outscored the Rangers 9-5 in the final four minutes to secure the nine-point victory.

   The final result gave UAM its best defensive effort since a 51-50 loss to Ouachita Baptist at home on Dec. 8.

   As a team, UAM shot 43 percent from the field (23-of-53), 86 percent on three-pointers (6-of-7) and 61 percent on foul shots (14-of-23). NWOSU shot 40 percent from the field (20-of-50), 30 percent on three-pointers (6-of-20) and 73 percent on foul shots (11-of-15).

   In addition to Goforth’s game-high point total, junior Ashley Qualls also reached double-digits in scoring with 11 points. Junior Raija McWright added nine points and six rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench.

   Kierra Gilmore led NWOSU with 14 points.

   The Cotton Blossoms are back in action this Saturday, Feb. 2 at home against Southwestern Oklahoma State. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. inside Steelman Field House.



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