HAMMOND, La. — Central Arkansas’ 11-game winning streak came to an end against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday as the Sugar Bears lost for the first time in more than a month, falling 58-53 to the Lady Lions.
The Sugar Bears (22-5, 12-2 Southland) still hold a lead in the Southland Conference race with two games left, but missed a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed and at least a share of the title. They still hold a one-game lead over McNeese State with a trip to San Antonio on Wednesday and the regular-season finale in the Farris Center remaining.
The Lady Lions (11-16, 6-8) defeated UCA for the third time in the teams’ last four meetings inside the University Center and strengthened their hopes for a Southland tournament berth.
UCA led 23-21 at the half. The Sugar Bears took the lead in the back-and-forth game at 53-51 with 51 seconds left. A three-point play with 42 seconds left gave the Lady Lions the lead for good.
UCA shot just 28.8 percent for the game while the Lady Lions shot 43.1 percent.
Megan Herbert had 18 points and 12 rebounds for UCA, extending her double-double streak to eight games. Destinee Rogers had 13.
Aja Gibson led all players with 19 points, while Kelli Jenkins had 11 and Symone Miller added 10.