Blossoms Close Out Non-Conference Beating Ecclesia

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv_sports 10dbMONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas-Monticello women’s basketball team finished its non-conference slate of game for the 2012-13 season with a 69-46 win over Ecclesia College on Tuesday at home.

   The Cotton Blossoms (5-16) turned in their best shooting performance of the season in the win over Ecclesia (4-24), making 30-of-57 shots for a tally of 53 percent overall. UAM added 6-of-15 three pointers and a perfect 3-for-3 free-throw tally to finalize its scoring.

   UAM jumped out to a double-digit lead less than four minutes into the first period, holding the Lady Royals scoreless until the 15:24 mark on a free-throw from Caitlin Williams. Ecclesia held UAM to around a 12-point lead for the next nine minutes before a 9-0 UAM run put the Blossoms up 16 points at the 4:54 mark on a layup from freshman Courtni Gibson.

   UAM got up to as much as an 18-point lead in the final two minutes of the first half and led 38-20 at the break.

   The Blossoms eclipsed the 20-point lead mark in the first three minutes of the second and held as much as a 28-point lead at the 10:11 mark following a 14-2 scoring run capped by a fast break layup from junior Raija McWright.

   Ecclesia made a final push in the last six minutes of regulation, trimming UAM’s lead to 18 points at the 4:03 mark following an 11-5 scoring run

   Ecclesia shot 28 percent from the field (18-of-64), 13 percent on three pointers (2-of-15) and 67 percent on foul shots (8-of-12).

   UAM freshman Jordan Goforth led all scorers with 15 points on a 7-of-10 shooting performance. McWright also reached double-digits in scoring with 12 points, while tying sophomore Catherine Puckett for the game-high in rebounds with nine.

   Tabitha Nelson led Ecclesia with 11 points off the bench.

   The Cotton Blossoms return to Great American Conference action this Saturday, Feb. 16 on the road against Southern Nazarene. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. in Bethany, Okla.


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