With both teams coming off losses to Sam Houston State University on Wednesday, the University of Central Arkansas Bears and Sugar Bears continue Southland Conference play Saturday against Lamar.
The Sugar Bears (5-8, 0-3 SLC) are on the road for their lone meeting against the Cardinals (10-4, 3-0 SLC) in Beaumont, Texas.
The Sugar Bears are currently winless after three games in the SLC falling by fewer than 10 points in each SLC contest.
The first loss came in a 73-65 conference opening home loss against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and then a pair of road losses to Southeastern Louisiana University and Sam Houston State.
The game against Lamar will be the final game of a three-game road swing.
Cardinals holds a 10-8 lead in the all-time record between the two teams, winning six of seven contests in Beaumont.
The last meeting, however, was a UCA 51-39 win over the Cardinals in Conway.
Lamar boasts one of the better scorers in women’s college basketball with senior guard Moe Kinard, who is leading the team with 19.0 points per game.
The Cardinals are led in steals by senior guard Chastadie Barrs with 84, which is the nation’s best.
Barrs also leads the team in assists per game (5.6) and rebounds per game (6.6).
Freshman forward Miya Crump leads the team in blocks with 15.
The Sugar Bears are still led in points per game, steals and assists per game by senior guard Kamry Orr with 13.2 points per game, 24 steals and 3.0 assists per game.
Sophomore forward Mekaylan Hicks leads the team in blocks with 19 and rebounds per game with 5.7.
The game tips off at 2 p.m. Saturday in Beaumont, Texas.
In Conway, the Bears (6-10, 1-2 SLC) host the Cardinals (8-8, 1-2 SLC) in a men’s basketball matchup.
It will be the two school’s 19th matchup all-time with Lamar winning 12 of 18 previous contests.
UCA has a 3-6 record hosting the Cardinals all-time.
Both teams have identical 1-2 conference records after Lamar fell to Houston Baptist and the University of New Orleans, while beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The Bears fell victim to Corpus Christi and Sam Houston State, while beating Southeastern Louisiana.
UCA and Lamar played twice last season with UCA winning 100-91 in a double overtime regular season contest in Beaumont and then a 67-57 win as part of the Southland Conference tournament in Katy, Texas.
Lamar is led in scoring by senior guard Nick Garth’s 15.5 points per game, while junior guard Jordan Hunter leads the team with 3.8 assists per game.
Junior forward T.J. Atwood leads the team in steals with 28, while senior forward Josh Nzeakor leads the team in rebounds per game (8.5) and sophomore center Jordan Foster leads in blocks with 12.
UCA is lead in scoring by sophomore guard DeAndre Jones with 13.1 points per game, while leading the team in assists per game (4.3) and steals (27).
Sophomore center Hayden Koval leads the team in blocks (22) and rebounds per game (5.8).
Tip off is at 3 p.m. in the Farris Center.