On a night in which coach Matt Daniel coached in his bare feet, Nakeia Guiden reached a milestone feat, the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears gave the Nicholls State Colonels a kicking from start to finish at the Farris Center.
The 67-47 victory put the UCA women (22-4) one game away from clinching an outright Southland Conference title with three to go. The Sugar Bears have won 11 games in a row and are 15-0 at the Farris Center.
Daniel coached barefooted in support of "Samaritan’s Feet," a program that donates shoes to children in underdeveloped countries for every head coach who coaches without shoes.
Guiden, a senior from Guy-Perkins, scored 21 points and passed the 1,000-point mark for her career.
"I really didn’t know how close I was (to 1,000) until somebody told me," Guiden said. "It was a great honor once I learned about it. But that doesn’t matter to me. I’m just having fun playing with this team and these girls."
"This is the first time this group of girls have reached 22 victories and I’m proud of them for that," Daniel said. "We’re setting a lot of records, individually and team. But we never talked about records. It’s true indication that team success leads to individual success."
The Sugar Bears led 18-2 after seven minutes and were never seriously challenged.
The Colonels (13-13, 6-7) drew within 50-37 after the Bears hit a sloppy juncture in the second half. Then, Megan Herbert maneuvered for a three-point play and Guiden followed that with another "and one" after a drive. The Colonels had little left after that.
UCA held the Colonels, No. 2 in the Southland in field goal percentage, to 28.6 percent shooting (18 of 63). Nicholls was also the top 3-point shooting team in the league and were five of 20. UCA shot 50.9 percent and outscored the Colonels, 43-20 in the paint.
"We played hungry; I thought the team that came out with the most energy would come out of top," Daniel said.
Herbert had 22 points and 11 rebounds.
The UCA women travel Saturday to Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday.