Maggie Proffitt connected on 8 of 14 3-pointers, the second-most in Central Arkansas history, en route to a game-high 30 points as the Sugar Bears soundly defeated Central Baptist, 98-36, in the Farris Center Thursday night.
Proffitt led the charge for the Sugar Bears (3-0), who had five players in double figures and two more with nine; and shot 55.9 percent from the field and 51.9 percent (14 of 27) from beyond the arc.
"I'm very pleased with the way we came out and executed," said Sugar Bear head coach Sandra Rushing. "I saw some things that, defensively, we have to improve on but offensively – I thought we shot it extremely well."
Proffitt, who had 14 points in the Sugar Bears' win at Ole Miss on Sunday, followed up with one of the top shooting performance in school history by knocking down all three of her 3-point attempts in the first half and following with five more in the second half as she accumulated the highest scoring total for a UCA freshman since Megan Herbert's 31 on March 3, 2010 at Stephen F. Austin.
"Maggie's a pure shooter," Rushing said. "She's one of the best I've ever coached. Her defense has really improved, and she's not only a shooter – she can put it on the floor and create. She's not one-dimensional. I'm excited for her – she had a great night."
The Sugar Bears got 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and a block from Courtney Duever in just 13 minutes, and freshman Kelsey McClure added 11 points, 3 assists and 4 steals. Micah Rice had 10 points, 5 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds in only 16 minutes of action, and Kelsei Ewings had 10 points and 3 assists. Terai Sadler and Brianna Mullins added 9 points each, while Tyisha Amos chipped in with a career-high 9 rebounds.
CBC was limited to just 26 percent shooting (13 of 50), and was only 2 of 10 from 3-point range. The Sugar Bears out rebounded the Mustangs 45-28, and recorded 15 steals on their way to forcing 23 turnovers while committing just seven.
"We're fighting, playing with a lot of heart and having fun," Rushing said. "This group is really fun to coach and be around, and you can see we're only going to get better. It's great to see all freshmen out there together at one time. Another positive thing is that we had the opportunity to play everybody, and let some people get some rest as well."
The Sugar Bears travel to Bloomington, Ind. to take on Indiana on Monday night before returning to action in the Farris Center on Nov. 23.