Cotton Blossoms Open Three-Game Home Stand Against NWOSU

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MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s women’s basketball team opens a stretch of three straight home games this weekend in hosting Northwestern Oklahoma State Thursday and Southwestern Oklahoma State Saturday.

Thursday’s tipoff against NWOSU is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday’s game starts at 1 p.m. Both games can be heard on the UAM Sports Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 in Monticello and online at uamsports.com. Links to live audio, live streaming video and live stats can be found at http://www.uamsports.com/coverage.aspx.

The Blossoms have started the new year with a pair of Great American Conference road losses to drop to 5-7 overall and 3-4 in league games coming into Thursday night’s contest against the Lady Rangers. NWOSU comes to Monticello with a 4-9 overall record and a 3-4 mark in GAC games. UAM and NWOSU are currently tied for fifth place in the league.

tv Sports reflection 10dbUAM and NWOSU rank right next to each other in scoring offense and scoring defense. The Blossoms are 10th in the league in scoring at 63 points per game, while the Rangers follow at 11th at 57.7. Defensively, UAM ranks fifth at 62.9 points allowed per game. NWOSU is sixth at 64.5.

Junior Jordan Goforth leads the Blossoms and ranks third in the GAC with an average of 19.5 points per game. The Plano, Texas native currently sits at exactly 1,000 career points. She became UAM’s 18th 1,000-point scorer in last Thursday’s road loss to Southeastern Oklahoma State. Junior teammate Nikki Mullen also averages in double-figures at 10.9 points per contest.

NWOSU is led by Kalea King and Jonae Isaac at 9.4 and 9.2 points per game, respectively. The Rangers are coming off a 67-61 victory over Henderson State at home this past Saturday.

Saturday’s opponent, Southwestern Oklahoma State, beings a four-game road stretch on Thursday at Henderson State. The Bulldogs have won two straight GAC games and come to Arkansas with a 5-8 overall record and a 2-5 mark in GAC games.

SWOSU ranks fourth in the GAC in scoring at 71.6 points per game and last in scoring defense at 75.4 points allowed per outing. Jessica Penner leads SWOSU’s four double-figure scorers at 13.5 points per game. Penner is the reigning GAC player of the week after dropping 39 points in this past Saturday’s 73-70 win over Southern Arkansas at home.

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