After his contributions to the women’s basketball program the last two years, Greg Long has been promoted from assistant coach and recruiting coordinator to associate head coach by Sugar Bear coach Sandra Rushing.

During the last two years, the Sugar Bears have won back-to-back Southland Conference tournament championships to earn consecutive NCAA Tournament berths; won a share of the Southland Conference regular-season championship; compiled a 54-9 record; and had top-100 RPI finishes in each of the last two seasons, the only program in Arkansas to do so.

"Greg is such an integral part of our program," Rushing said. "His knowledge and passion for the game are exceptional. Greg is not only a great coach but a great person. He has an incredible work ethic and is a tremendous example for our players. He works tirelessly to make sure we keep improving this program. He is the whole package and it is a well-deserved recognition for him."

Through two seasons at Central Arkansas and two seasons with Long as a fulltime assistant for Rushing at Delta State from 2010-12, teams they have coached have won nearly 85 percent of their games – compiling a record of 104-20 and are 4-for-4 in making NCAA tournaments.

"This is truly a special place. The UCA family and city of Conway have welcomed with open arms and we have already made friends that will last a lifetime," Long said. "It is truly an honor to work with such wonderful young women on a daily basis and work for a head coach like Sandra. It’s not every day you can say your mentor has accomplished as much as coach Rushing has."

UCA golf

MONTGOMERY, Texas _ The second-best round of the day pushed the University of Central Arkansas women to third place in the 2017 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship on Tuesday at Woodforest Golf Club.

UCA, the top seeded team in the field, was fifth after Day 1 but shot a 294 for a 594 total. Houston Baptist leads at 583 and Sam Houston State follows at 592.

UCA sophomore Emma Svensson shot 73-73 for a 4-over 146 and is tied for fourth place overall. Sophomore Cindy Oh is tied for ninth place after rounds of 77-71-148. Junior Fernanda Lira is tied for 12th (76-73-149), while senior Brenda Gonzalez is tied for 15th (74-77-151). Senior Morgan Best is in 30th place (78-79-157).

The final round is Wednesday.

UCA softball

STILLWATER, Okla. — Madi Sue Montgomery’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday gave Oklahoma State a 5-4 victory over the University of Central Arkansas.

The Cowgirls had 12 hits.

Brianna Whisenhunt was 2 for 4 with three RBI for UCA (17-30).