A short-handed Sugar Bear team won with six Thursday night in a 75-34 victory over Central Baptist College at the Farris Center.
The Sugar Bears (5-2), playing with just six players due to suspensions, doubled the Mustangs (6-3) 40-20 in the first half before a 16-2 third quarter then extended the lead in the final period by outscoring CBC 19-12 to secure their fourth win of the season by at least 40 points.
Taylor Baudoin had 22 points to lead the Sugar Bears, while equaling a career high with 5 assists. Antonija Bozic had her best game as a Sugar Bear, scoring 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Maddie Goodner tied a career high with 13 points, connecting on three of her 7 3-point attempts, while Savannah Lowe knocked down one of two from long range as the Sugar Bears were 10 of 19 (52.6 percent) in all.
CBC, the No. 4 team in the National Christian College Athletic Association poll, was led by 10 points from Emily Gardner.
Central Arkansas will play at No. 21 Texas A&M on Saturday, and will do so without a pair of starters as Kierra Jordan and Kamry Orr will serve the final game of their suspensions. Mekaylan Hicks, Tieraney Paylor, Angel Williams and redshirting transfer Alexyse Thomas were suspended for only Thursday’s game.
"I suspended six players from tonight’s game and two who will also miss Saturday’s for violation of team rules," head coach Sandra Rushing said. "As a Sugar Bear basketball player, you are held to a higher standard. Not only do you represent yourself – but you are representing your family, your teammates, our program, our athletic department, and our university. When your actions are not reflective of the values of this program and this institution, there are consequences. We have a handful of young ladies who need to be reminded of that and be taught that lesson. I have made that message clear, and hopefully they all take advantage of this learning opportunity and we can all continue on chasing a Southland Conference championship."
Hot Springs and Central Arkansas Christian girls posted victories Thursday in the opening round of the Danny and Dandra Thomas Invitational at Buzz Bolding Arena.
Hot Springs defeated Jacksonville, 66-50. CAC downed Little Rock Parkview, 67-37.
In the Bulldog Classic at Fayetteville, Conway’s boys downed Hot Springs, 65-43.
CBC men’s basketball
For the second straight season, the Central Baptist College men’s basketball team has defeated an NCAA Division II opponent.
Last year it was Southern Arkansas. Thursday at Arkakelphia, the Mustangs (4-0) defeated Ouachita Baptist (4-3), 80-71.
Tony Brewster led CBC the way with 21 points, including 12-12 at the free throw line. TeShawn Sims had added 17, Jon Warren had 15 and Clay Anderson added 11.
Next up for CBC is a trip to Austin, Texas on Saturdayto face another NCAA Division II opponent, St. Edward’s.
Lyon College edged Central Baptist College, 27-26, Thursday in the first home wrestling meet of the season for the Mustangs.
Jouan Richardson, Deqaylon Gray, Darius Nathan, Andres Perez and Francisco Joseph recorded victories.
a.Richardson ended his 149-pound match in 23 seconds via a pin and Gray won his 157-pound match, 22-6, on a technical fall at the 5:36 mark. Nathan pinned his opponent at 174 pounds in 22 seconds, Perez won by 6-2 decision and Joseph pinned his opponent 36 seconds into his match for the final points of the evening.
St. Joseph junior boys
St. Joseph’s junior boys took a 33-15 victory Thursday over Perryville.
Christian Skinner led the Bulldogs with 10 points. Luke Bruich added eight points and five rebounds.
The seventh-grade boys won 23-16. Logan Bruich led with 13 points.
The seventh-grade girls won 14-9. Olivia Williams led with 10 points.