University of Central Arkansas guard Jordan Howard was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team for the second straight year on Monday.

Howard, a senior from Chandler, Ariz., was a second-team selection after earning his degree in digital filmmaking in December with a 3.71 grade-point average. He was a third-team Academic All-American last season, the first for UCA in the NCAA Division I era.

Howard is the third-leading scorer in the nation this season at 25.3 points per game and is in the Top 5 in three-pointers with a school-record 109. He also is the career scoring leader at UCA and in the state of Arkansas among Division I schools with 2,479 career points. Howard is the career leader in three-pointers with 382 at UCA, in the state of Arkansas and in the Southland Conference.

Howard was named the SLC Player of the Year and a first-team All-SLC selection last week.

Softball honors for UCA

After a weekend in which the softball team open Southland Conference play with a sweep of No. 25 McNeese State, the Bears added another sweep as second baseman Libby Morris was named the SLC Hitter of the Week, while pitcher Rio Sanchez earned Pitcher of the Week honors.

Morris, a junior from Grove, Oklahoma, led he Central Arkansas offense in six categories as the Bears handed McNeese its first three-game sweep by a conference opponent since 2011.

For the week, Morris hit .545 and slugged 1.000 while reaching base at a .545 clip. She had a pair of multi-hit games and added two multi-RBI games, while tallying two doubles, a home run, and seven RBI.

Sanchez, a freshman from Erie, Colorado, delivered a pair of big-time performances in the circle for the Bears, going 2-0 with an 0.93 ERA and seven strikeouts in 15.0 innings.

Bears add soccer player

The Central Arkansas women’s soccer team has bolstered its attack over the offseason, with the addition of junior Bria Williams.

Williams, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, joins the Bears after two seasons at Florida International University.

Hailing from Lewisville, Texas, Williams played in 21 games for the Panthers over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, making 16 starts and totaling 1,294 minutes played. During that time, she scored a pair of goals while taking 30 shots, 11 of which were on goal. I

In high school at Lewisville High, Williams was a three-time All-District selection and was named LHS’ Newcomer of the Year in 2013, Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 and 2015, and Team MVP in 2014.