After Wednesday games against Stephen F. Austin, the University of Central Arkansas men’s and women’s basketball teams have three more games slated for the rest of the regular season.
The final three games start with a men’s/women’s doubleheader against Abilene Christian University at the Farris Center.
The Bears (11-17, 6-9 Southland Conference) snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 92-74 home win over Stephen F. Austin, which is the second win UCA has had over the Lumberjacks since 2017.
Despite the lengthy losing streak, the Bears still have a chance to get into the Southland Conference Tournament, which begins March 13.
UCA is tied with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Northwestern State and Houston Baptist for the seventh spot, but one of those teams could also grab the final spot in the tournament, or it could go to Nicholls or McNeese State, who are 5-10 in conference play.
UCA plays its final game against Northwestern State, but the Bears first turn their attention to ACU (22-6, 11-4 SLC) on Saturday.
The Wildcats come into the game as the current No. 2 team in the conference with a 79-56 win already over UCA in Abilene, Texas, on Jan. 26.
ACU kicked off the Bears seven-game losing streak in that January game.
The Wildcats are coming off a 73-64 road win at Corpus Christi.
ACU is lead by senior froward Jaren Lewis in points per game with 13.1, rebounds per game with 5.9 per game and blocks with 22.
Senior guard Jaylen Franklin leads the team in assists per game with 4.8 and steals with 52.
The Bears are lead in scoring by sophomore guard DeAndre Jones, averaging 12.7 points per game.
Jones also leads the team in assists per game with 4.8 and steals with 57.
Sophomore center Hayden Koval leads the team in rebounds per game with 6.0 and blocks with 61.
ACU leads the all-time series 4-3.
This game is scheduled to follow the women’s game at the Farris Center.
This game will serve as senior day and the team will honor seniors Thatch Unruh and Tanner Schmit and junior Jordan Grant.
The women’s half of the doubleheader will feature the No. 3 SLC team and the No. 8 SLC team.
ACU (18-8 11-4 SLC) comes in behind Lamar and Stephen F. Austin and is tied with Nicholls in the conference standings.
UCA (11-14, 6-9 SLC) is sitting along in eighth place for the final spot.
They too will play Northwestern State in the final game, who is directly behind the Sugar Bears in the standings.
UCA still has a chance to climb with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi sitting at 7-8 and New Orleans at 7-9 in conference play.
For now, the Sugar Bears will turn their attention to the Wildcats, who beat UCA 77-70 in Abilene on Jan. 26.
ACU is currently riding a four-game winning streak with wins over Nicholls, Incarnate Word, Southeastern Louisiana and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The Wildcats are led in scoring by junior Dominique Golightly, who is averaging 14.3 points per game.
Junior forward Lexie Ducat leads the team in rebounds per game with 6.6 points per game.
Senior guard Sara Williamson leads the team in assists per game with 4.7, blocked shots with 29 and steals with 43.
The Sugar Bears are led in points per game, assists per game and steals by senior guard Kamry Orr, who is averaging 15.5 points per game, 3.5 assists per game and 59 steals.
Sophomore forward Hannah Langhi and senior guard Alanie Fisher leads the team in rebounds per game with 4.5, while Langhi leads the team in blocks with 14.
UCA leads the all-time series 6-2.
The game will tip off at 2 p.m. Saturday, while both games will be broadcast on 91.3 FM The Bear.