The University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears instantly turned into a not-so-sweet wrecking crew Wednesday night and pounded Nicholls into rubble within minutes of a 91-56 victory at the Farris Center.
It pretty much was over about as soon as it began.
The Sugar Bears (11-6, 3-1) stunned the Colonels from the beginning with three straight 3-pointers from Micah Rice and Destinee Rogers, then went inside to Megan Herbert and Courtney Duever and had Colonels (5-12, 0-4) down 16 in fewer than eight minutes.
The Sugar Bears, who could do very little wrong the first half, led by 30 (38-8) with 6:56 left in the first half.
The only stat you really need to know from the first half: With 4:24 remaining, the Sugar Bears were shooting 80 percent (6 of 12 from 3-point range from four players) while the Colonels were at 16 percent.
"That was one of the best halves of basketball I’ve ever seen," said UCA coach Matt Daniel. "It’s not that they (the Colonels) are that bad of a club; we were playing that well the first half. The second half wasn’t as good, but it’s hard to duplicate. It’s hard for teen-agers to stay focused that long."
All 12 players on the UCA roster played in the first half and nine scored.
The second half was more of a "go through the motions" routine, punctuated by Micah Rice’s fifth 3-pointer (of six attempts) with the shot clock almost at zero and a 3-pointer by Duever, the fifth Sugar Bear to do so.
Herbert, playing only 20 minutes in a game Daniel substituted freely, scored 15 points but fell well short of a double-double with two rebounds, rebounding becoming almost impossible with the Sugar Bears shooting so well.
UCA shot 66.7 percent (the seventh-best total in history) from the field and was 10 of 21 from 3-point range. The Sugar Bears had 30 assists, the sixth-best total all time.
Rice led five players in double figures with 19 with Herbert getting 15, Duever 13 and substitutes Jelessa Williams and Desiree Rogers 10 each. Marci Moffit had seven points coming off the bench.
"We were able to rest some kids we needed to rest and we got everybody involved," said Daniel. "I think everyone was satisfied with their contribution tonight."
The UCA women continue their homestand at 2 p.m. Saturday with a game against East Division favorite Lamar, who handed UCA its only league defeat.