Blossoms Fall To Southern Nazarene, 77-55

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv_sports 10dbBETHANY, Okla. — The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team suffered a 77-55 loss to Southern Nazarene on Saturday on the road in Great American Conference action.

   UAM (5-17, 2-14 GAC) struggled offensively throughout the game, shooting at a 28 percent clip in the first half, being limited to just seven made field goals to trail by 20 points at halftime.

   After being limited to just one point and trailing by five points in the first four minutes, the Cotton Blossoms used an 8-0 scoring run to take a three-point lead at the 12:46 mark on a jumper from sophomore Catherine Puckett. UAM maintained its lead and led by as much as four points on a three-point play from junior Demetra Howlingwolf at the 11:24 mark, before SNU regained the lead for good and outscored UAM 29-5 in the final 10 minutes of the opening period.

   SNU (14-9, 11-6 GAC) stretched its 20-point lead into a 30-point lead at the 13:20 mark of the second half before UAM used a 13-4 scoring run to get to as close as 21 points of the Crimson Storm with 7:53 remaining in regulation. SNU kept its lead above 21 points in the final eight minutes.

   UAM ended the game shooting 33 percent from the field (20-of-60), 27 percent on three-pointers (3-of-11) and 71 percent on foul shots (12-of-17). SNU shot 46 percent from the field (30-of-65), 25 percent on three-pointers (4-of-16) and 77 percent on foul shots (13-of-17).

   Catherine Puckett led UAM with 15 points and six rebounds, while Howlingwolf added 10 points off the bench. SNU posted two players above 20 points, led by Aminata Fall with 24 points, followed by Annie Kassongo with 21 points.

   The Cotton Blossoms return to the hardwood on Thursday, Feb. 21 on the road against Arkansas Tech. Tipoff is set for 5:30 at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.


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