There were several magical nunbers Saturday afternoon for the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears.
21. 14. 10, 61.
The UCA women upped their record to 21-4, winning their 10th straight game and going 14-0 at the Farris Center with a 61-55 victory over Southland Conference West Division leader Sam Houston State.
The Sugar Bears’ Megan Herbert, with 20 points and 14 rebounds, surged to the 61st double-double of her career, setting a school record and passing UConn legend Rebecca Lobo on the national list.
"She passing some pretty big names," said Sugar Bear coach Matt Daniel.
"It’s exciting, very exciting, something I’ll always remember," said Herbert.
The Sugar Bears maintained a two-game in the SLC East with a 10-1 league mark. Sam Houston (13-10) fell to 8-4.
The UCA women never trailed after Sam Houston took a 2-0 lead. The Sugar Bears kept the margin with eight to 14 points.
The Bearkats maintained striking distance and Herbert was having a modest game when, midway through the second half, she hit a 3-pointer, went inside on a drive and maneuvered for a lane shot. With the shot clock running down, she put in another twisting inside shot. She scored eight of UCA’s 10 points to push the Sugar Bear lead to 55-37. The UCA women held on fairly comfortably despite turnovers and a late flurry of 3-pointers by the Bearkats.
"That’s kind of what Megan does; she has these runs of her own at a given point," Daniel said.
"We were trying to push the ball and get the tempo up," she said. "I got the ball in my hands and tried to make plays. My temmates got the ball to me in good position. They always do."
Destinee Rogers, three of three on 3-pointers had 14 points for UCA while Desiree, her sister, had 10 rebounds. Nakeia Guiden had 12 points.
Britni Martin, the Bearkats’ top scorer, had 19.
"We did a good job getting into the flow of the game and being resilient," said Daniel. "We stayed aggressive and got the right kids in foul trouble. We did a good job on their two bigtime rebounders (UCA was only outrebounded 41-40)."
The UCA women continue their three-game homestand Wednesday, hosting Nicholls State, the fourth-place team in the SLC East.
"We seem to find a way and find a way to hang on; that’s seems to be our theme," said Daniel. "These kids have grown up in the program and know what to do."