The University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears were handed one of their ugliest home defeats in recent history, 70-64, to Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday night — their second defeat at the Farris Center in three games.
The Lady Lions are 9-11, 2-7 in conference. UCA, which entered the game in sole possession of second place in the league, fell to 13-7, 6-3.
The Sugar Bears were swept up by the fast tempo of the Lady Lions, committing 21 turnovers that led to a 24-12 advantage in points off turnovers by Southeastern.
The Sugar Bears were outscored 18-2 in bench points, which was not surprising since twin post players Megan Herbert and Courtney Duever combined for 53 of the 64 points. Herbert had 13 and six rebounds. Duever added 21 and 10 rebounds. The other eight players who played were a combined five of 23 from the field and none had more than three points.
Guard Elizabeth Styles and post Brandi Simmons each had 16 points for the Lady Lions.
"This was unacceptable," said UCA coach Sandra Rushing. "There was a lack of effort and a lack of focus. If this doesn't bother people, we do have some issues."
Read more about how Rushing invited reporters into the team room afterward and commanded her team to answer questions in Saturday's print edition of the Log Cabin.