MOREHEAD, Ky. — Going against a Morehead State team that broke the NCAA Division I record for 3-point field goals made in a season last year, Central Arkansas fed the Eagles a dose of their own medicine early – hitting back-to-back shots from outside to jump ahead 10-4 in the opening minutes Friday night. But not much went right for UCA after that.
The Eagles outscored the Sugar Bears 30-9 over the next 15:21, limiting UCA to a single field goal and two free throws during a stretch of 13:10, and followed that with an 8-0 run to start the second half and were never tested down the stretch as they cruised to a 69-48 win over the Sugar Bears in the opening night of the Comfort Inn and Suites Classic at Ellis T. Johnson Arena.
Led by reigning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year Chynna Bozeman, the Eagles (1-2) utilized a barrage of 3-pointers to take command of the game. Bozeman, who hit an NCAA-best 121 from beyond the arc a year ago, knocked down five of the Eagles 10 Friday night en route to a game-high 18 points. The Eagles also dominated the glass during that period, holding a 17-7 rebounding edge. MSU stymied UCA sophomore forward Megan Herbert, keeping the Sugar Bears’ leading scorer without a field goal until just 1:13 remained in the first half. Herbert, who came in averaging 22 points, had just three at the half.
Sidney Stewart led UCA in scoring for the second consecutive game and was the only Sugar Bear to crack double figures, finishing with 16 points. Herbert was held to single-digit scoring for just the third time in her career, getting eight points to go with seven rebounds — only the second time in 32 games she hasn’t recorded at least 10.
The Sugar Bears will play their second game of the tournament at 4 p.m. Saturday against Norfolk State, a 60-50 winner over Houston Baptist earlier on Friday.