Blossoms Back To GAC Action

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MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s women’s basketball team looks to snap its two-game skid this weekend with a pair of Great American Conference games.

The Blossoms hit the road to face off against Henderson State this Thursday in Arkadelphia. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Duke Wells Center. Saturday, UAM returns to Monticello to host nationally 20th-ranked Harding. Saturday’s tipoff is set for 2 p.m. inside Steelman Field House.

tv Sports reflection 10dbBoth games can be heard on the UAM Sports Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 in Monticello and online at uamsports.com. The online broadcast, as well as live stats and live streaming video can be accessed at http://www.uamsports.com/coverage.aspx.

The Blossoms enter the weekend with a 2-4 overall record and a 1-1 record in Great American Conference games. UAM struggled this past weekend in Pensacola, Florida with a 64-49 loss to West Florida on Friday and a 57-43 loss to USC-Aiken on Saturday. Prior to this past weekend, UAM had won two straight with a 79-75 GAC win over Southern Nazarene and a dominant 76-37 victory over Missouri S&T, both wins coming from the friendly confines of Steelman Field House.

Throughout six games so far this season, UAM’s defensive effort has shown improvement from last season. The Blossoms currently rank fourth in the league in points allowed (62 per game), third in defensive rebounds (36 per game), fourth in steals (8.5 per game) and second in blocked shots (4.8 per game).

Individually, junior Jordan Goforth ranks third in the league in scoring with an average of 18.2 points per game. Goforth leads the league in free throw percentage having only missed two attempts out of 27 total. Sophomore Tori Nichols leads the Blossoms and ranks sixth in the league in rebounding with an average of 7.3 per game. Nichols ranks second in the league in blocked shots at 3.2 per game and 19 total, representing one of only two players in the league with double-digit blocks at this point of the season.

Thursday’s opponent, Henderson State, currently sports a 2-5 overall record and an 0-2 record in GAC games. Thursday will mark the Reddies’ sixth home game of the season. They are 2-3 in home games so far, including a 70-57 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville last Friday and a 77-50 loss to Pittsburg State this past Monday.

As a team, HSU ranks ninth in the league in scoring (63 points per game) and 10th in points allowed (77.6 per game). Aungelique Sledge leads the Reddies and ranks sixth in the league in scoring at 17.6 points per game.

Harding, the defending GAC regular season champion, enters its Thursday night road game against Southern Arkansas with an overall record of 4-2 and a 1-0 record in its only conference game, a 105-69 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State at home on November 22. The Lady Bisons have lost their last two games, falling to Cameron 76-70 and No. 8 West Texas A&M 67-65 this past weekend in West Texas’ Thanksgiving Classic.

Harding ranks second in the league in scoring (81.7 points per game) and seventh in points allowed (65.3 per game). The Lady Bisons are second in the league in overall shooting (45.4 percent) and first in the league in rebound margin (+12.5 per game). Arielle Saunders leads Harding and ranks seventh in the league in scoring at 16.7 points per game, while ranking second in rebounding (10.3 per game) and first in assists (4.7 per game).

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