Blossoms Capture First Win Of The Season

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UAM Sports Information

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s women’s basketball team recorded its first win of the 2014-15 season in a 79-75 Great American Conference victory over Southern Nazarene Saturday at home.

The Blossoms (1-2, 1-1 GAC) took advantage of 21 SNU turnovers to 28 points. UAM recorded 11 steals in the win.

tv Sports reflection 10dbUAM led for just over 18 minutes of the first half, including its largest lead of the period, a 14-point advantage at the 5:42 mark on a three-pointer from junior Nikki Mullen to cap a 14-2 run over the previous five minutes.

The Crimson Storm (2-2, 0-2 GAC) posted an 11-2 run over the final 3:28 of the first half to cut UAM’s lead to 32-30 at the halftime break.

After a back-and-forth rally over the first six minutes of the second half, the final lead change of the game was in favor of the Blossoms at the 13:55 mark on a layup from Mullen. UAM grew its second-half lead to as much as 10 points at the 6:43 mark on a jumper from junior Jordan Goforth.

SNU rallied once more to force the game’s sixth tie score with 2:34 remaining, but the Blossoms answered with 11 made free throws on 12 attempts in the final two minutes to seal the win. The Blossoms finished the game 30-for-40 at the free-throw line (75 percent).

UAM shot 41 percent from the field (22-for-54) and 39 percent on three-pointers (5-for-13). SNU shot 45 percent from the field (25-for-56), 37 percent on three-pointers (7-for-19) and 82 percent on foul shots (18-for-22).

Goforth led the Blossoms with 26 points, 14 coming from the foul line, where she was 14-for-15. The Plano, Texas native added a game-high eight rebounds to her final totals. Mullen also finished in double-figures with 20 points.

SNU’s Aminata Fall led all scorers with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Abby Boyd added 22 points, and Ashley Gorman had 17.

The Blossoms are back in action Tuesday at home against Missouri S&T. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at Steelman Field House.

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