Consider this an Easter basket of "David's Appetizers," with these observations from the sports scene:

Jordans are wild

Friday was a big day for those named Jordan with Conway connections.

Jordan Danberry, the former Conway High star and ns former girls Gatorade Player of the Year in Arkansas, came off the bench and played 26 minutes in helping lead Mississippi State's women to the national championship game with a victory over Louisville.

Danberry, a transfer from the University of Arkansas, was averaging 9.3 points per game. Friday against Louisville, she scored 10 points, had four rebounds and three steals and turned in a strong defensive effort against the Cardinals.

She was at her best in the final minutes in overtime, hitting three of four free throws and making a key steal to help the Bulldogs pull away make their second straight appearance in the championship game.

Meanwhile, UCA men's star Jordan Howard, the leading scorer in men's NCAA basketball this season, scored a team-high 17 points for the East in a 98-94 loss to the West in the Reese's National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star game in conjunction with the Final Four.

Howard, making many of the moves and shots UCA fans became so accustomed to, was seven of 13 from the field, three of nine from 3-point range and had four rebounds and three assists.

Earlier he was named to the Lou Henson All-America team for the former coach at New Mexico State and Illinois.

Also Friday, Conway High's Jordan Wicks was the winning pitcher as the Wampus Cat baseball team went to 4-0 in 7A Central with an 8-2 victory over Fort Smith Northside.

That Sugar Bear crowd

For the Women's Basketball Invitational championship game against Yale last week, the Sugar Bears drew a crowd in excess of 3,500 at the Farris Center.

The atmosphere was as championship worthy as the game. The enthusiasm and the volume in the Farris Center was as good as this observer has witnessed in several years — similar to that for old rivalries with the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns.

The Yale coaches and WBI officials raved that it was one of the best atmospheres for women's basketball they had witnessed.

The Alumni

The WBI title game drew an all-star collection of about a dozen former Sugar Bear players, including Megan Herbert, Maggie Proffitt, Micah Rice and Destinee Rogers plus Hall of Fame coach Ron Marvel.

There was a pretty darn good team in the stands.


In steadily pulling out a victory in the fourth quarter, Yale exposed one of the Sugar Bears' major weaknessesn— a lack of consistent perimeter shooting accuracy.

The Bulldogs clogged the paint to deny UCA post Kierra Jordan and leading scorer Taylor Baudoin easy baskets. Their matchup defense often forced the Sugar Bears deep into the shot clock (three violations), which led to rushed shots or bad shot selection.

As coach Sandra Rushing has noted, she thinks her staff can teach good defense. Getting more offensive firepower is a priority in recruiting.

A football note

Former cornerback Tre Smith seemingly raised his pro stock with his efforts during UCA's pro day last week.

"He met all the measurements and ran a couple of 4.3 40s," said coach Nathan Brown. "There were three or four scouts meeting with him afterwards and that is usually a good sign. I think he set hiimself up pretty well to possible get drafted in one of the later rounds."

Linebacker George Odum also had a good day, running a 4.45 40 and "most people knew already what kind of player George Odum is," Brown said.

Sports editor David McCollum can be reached at or on Twitter @dmaclcd.