McNeese State began the game with a 20-4 run, had the lead cut to two by halftime, then pulled away from the University of Central Arkansas in the second half on the way to a 77-61 victory over the Sugar Bears on Thursday at the Farris Center.

The victory ended a 22-game, regular-season winning streak by the UCA women on their home court.

The Cowgirls (4-3, 9-9) put themselves back in the scrap for the top in the Southland Conference women's race. With losses Thursday, the Sugar Bears (12-6, 5-2) and Lamar fell a game back of first place Sam Houston State. UCA hosts Lamar on Saturday afternoon.

"It's been a long time since I've had a team start that lackdaisical in that big of a basketball game," said UCA coach Sandra Rushing. "When you start off like we did, it's tough to win because you use so much energy getting back in it."

Further details in Saturday's print edition of the Log Cabin Democrat.