The Proffitt margin was high for the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears on Thursday night against Central Baptist College.
Freshman Maggie Proffitt connected on eight of 14 3-pointers, the second-most in Central Arkansas history, en route to a game-high 30 points as the Sugar Bears soundly defeated Central Baptist, 98-36, at the Farris Center Thursday night.
The Sugar Bears (3-0), had five players in double figures and two more with nine; and shot 55.9 percent from the field and 51.9 percent (14 of 27) from beyond the arc.
Proffitt, who had 14 points in the Sugar Bears’ win at Ole Miss on Sunday, followed up with one of the top shooting performance in school history by knocking down all three of her 3-point attempts in the first half and following with five more in the second half as she accumulated the highest scoring total for a UCA freshman since Megan Herbert’s 31 on March 3, 2010 at Stephen F. Austin.
"Maggie’s a pure shooter," coach Sandra Rushing said. "She’s one of the best I’ve ever coached. Her defense has really improved, and she’s not only a shooter – she can put it on the floor and create."
The Sugar Bears got 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and a block from Courtney Duever in just 13 minutes, and freshman Kelsey McClure added 11 points, 3 assists and 4 steals. Micah Rice had 10 points, 5 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds in only 16 minutes of action, and Kelsei Ewings had 10 points and 3 assists. Terai Sadler and Brianna Mullins added 9 points each, while Tyisha Amos chipped in with a career-high nine rebounds.
Hana Williams led the Lady Mustangs (2-2) with 13 points. Kayla Gardner had seven points and eight rebounds.
UCA CROSS COUNTRY
WACO, Texas — University of Central Arkansas freshman Brooke Cassar turned in a seventh-place finish at Friday’s NCAA South Central Cross Country Regional held at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.
Cassar, from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, broke her own school record and finished in a time of 20:32.5. Cassar won the Southland Conference championship two weeks ago in Lake Charles, La., in a school-record 20:42.1.
UCA senior Erika Setzler of Conway, third at the SLC meet, finished 18th in a time of 21:06.3 on Friday. Senior Kayla Nehus of Little Rock was 59th (21:06.3).
Arkansas won the regional with 33 points.
For the men’s team, a top-20 performance from senior Edward Limo pushed the Bears to an 11th-place finish.
Limo, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, finished the 10K course 30:59.4, just one second off his school record set at last year’s regional.
Arkansas won the event with 34 points, followed by Texas (37), Lamar (110), Stephen F. Austin (154), Rice (167), North Texas (185), Texas A&M (217), UT Arlington (221), Baylor (239), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (249), Houston (271), UCA (271), UALR (317), Sam Houston State (413), Houston Baptist (417), UL Monroe (429), LSU (449), UTSA (454), Arkansas State (483), Tulane (607) and Southeastern Louisiana (633).
In the second half of a multi-sport doubleheader Thursday at the Farris Center, the UCA volleyball season remained perfect in Southland Conference play with a 25-7, 25-14, 25-23 victory over the University of New Orleans (3-27, 0-17).
It was the 10th straight-set victory in conference play for the Sugar Bears (25-3, 17-0 SLC).
Heather Schnars had a match-high 11 kills for Central Arkansas, adding four digs and two aces. Central Arkansas assist record-holder Marissa Collins, who was honored before the match, added 22 more.
The Sugar Bears will wrap up the regular season at 2 p.m. Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana at the Prince Center, where six seniors will be honored.
ST. JOSEPH JUNIOR BASKETBALL
CENTER RIDGE — St. Joseph lost two junior high basketball games Thursday night to Nemo Vista.
The Red Hawks won the boys game, 43-36. Statistical leaders for the Bulldogs (4-2) were: Daniel Beck, 16 points, 10 rebounds; Daniel Lee Kordsmeier, six points, three assists, three steals; Gage Berger, six points; Triple Williams, five points; Jacob Welter, four rebounds; and Zach Martin, three assists.
Nemo Vista won the girls game, 40-10.
In seventh-grade girls, St. Joseph won, 22-14 with Alexis Roach scoring 10 points, Piper Mullaney, six; and Hallie Bray, four.
Nemo Vista won the seventh-grade boys game, 36-25. Caleb Strack, Luke Williams, Jacob Hofherr all had six points and Jack Briggler, four.
CONWAY JUNIOR BASKETBALL
Conway White opened the ninth-grade boys basketball season Thursday with a 49-35 victory over Morrilton.
Junior Williams led the Kittens with 19 points. Travis O’Bannon and Jalen Graham added eight each.
Joe Thomas scored 14 points in Conway’s victory in the eighth-grade game. Stuart Lowe had 11, Brooks Tipton and Torrian Cain each had six.