University of Central Arkansas guard Jordan Howard has earned his league-high third Southland Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award.

Howard, a senior from Chandler, Ariz., led the Bears (12-11, 6-4) to two victories last week, including the program’s first victory over Stephen F. Austin. The Bears beat the Lumberjacks 100-92 last Wednesday in Conway, then topped Northwestern State 95-78 on Saturday in Natchitoches, La.

In the SFA game, Howard scored a career-high 43 points, hitting six of eight from 3-point range and 15 of 20 from the free-throw line. He scored a school-record 28 points in the first half. The 43-point effort was one short of tying the UCA single-game record of 44. 

Against the Demons, Howard led the Bears in scoring with 29 points, connecting on three more 3-pointers to push his school and SLC career record to 351 three-pointers. The previous week, Howard had become the career scoring leader at UCA and now has 2,230 points as a Bear. 

For the week, Howard averaged 36 points per game, shot 60.4 percent overall and 64.3 percent from 3-point range.

Howard is the first SLC men’s basketball player this season to win the weekly award three times.

CBC'S Washington gets AMC honor

For the first time this season, Central Baptist College men’s basketball has had a player selected as American Midwest Conference athlete of the week.

Percell Washington earned that honor this week after helping CBCto a pair of conference victories to stretch their winning streak to six games.

“He is a great teammate, a hard worker and a tremendous person," said coach Chris Wright. "Getting him eligible three games ago was really big. He completely changes the complexion of our team. There is no doubt in my mind he is one of the best players in this league.”

Washington averaged 18 points and 10.5 assists per game in the wins over Park and Williams Baptist. He scored a season-high 21 points on Thursday night to help propel the Mustangs to a come-from-behind 76-75 win over Park and then posted a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday’s win over Williams Baptist.

UCA's Hill on preseason team

Cylla Hill, a designated player for the University of Central Arkansas softball team, has been named to the second team preseason All-Southland Conference Softball Team.

She was the only UCA player selected to the two units.

Defending champion McNeese State had the four first-team selections with four, including three-time Player of the Year Erika Piocastelli.

Macon gets another SEC award

FAYETTEVILLE — For the third time this basketball  season, Arkansas Razorbacks senior guard Daryl Macon has been named the SEC’s Player of the Week.

The second-year junior college transfer and Little Rock Parkview alum becomes the first Razorback to be three times the SEC Player of the Week in the season and also the first Razorback , after being so honored once last year, to become four times honored as SEC Player of the Week.

The SEC Office in Birmingham, Ala. named Macon Player SEC  of the Week Monday after he averages 23.5 points  coming off the bench both in the Razorbacks’ 80-77  SEC double-overtime  victory over the Georgia Bulldogs last Tuesday in Athens, Ga. and Arkansas’ 66-65 SEC vs. Big 12 Challenge victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys last Saturday at Walton Arena.

After a scoreless first half, Macon erupted for 25 points against Georgia including 16 in the two overtimes. while hitting five of 10 3-point shots and sinking six of of six free throws with three rebounds and an assist.

Against Oklahoma State, Macon scored 22 points including four of seven 3s and 4 of 4 free throws while netting two rebounds, two assists and a steal.