In an overtime victory over Lamar University on Saturday, Megan Herbert and Courtney Duever, the Bears’ post players, combined for 36 points and 31 rebounds.

Herbert had 18 points and 16 rebounds; Duever had 18 points and 15 rebounds.

The victory, which followed a 16 point loss to McNeese State, put the UCA women (6-2) in second place in the Southland Conference, one game behind Sam Houston State and a game ahead of Lamar, McNeese State and Oral Roberts.

"It was not the same team that played Thursday (a loss to McNeese State) that played on Saturday," said UCA coach Sandra Rushing at Monday’s weekly Bearbacker luncheon. "Thursday, it seemed we were glued to the floor."

After Britney Gowans drove the length of the floor for a layup to send the Lamar game into overtime, Rushing said, "Courtney Duever stepped it up in overtime and took over the game."

Occasionally, Herbert moved out to point guard.

"We have to put people in situations that give us the best chance to win ballgames," said Rushing, noting that she has signed five guards in the current recruiting class.

She said Micah Rice, who has been out a month after twice injuring a knee, is wearing a brace and could return to the lineup by mid-February. "It’s more mental than anything," Rushing said.

However, Rice, a senior, is right at the cut line of being granted a hardship exemption and being able to return next season.

"But I’m not gonna make that decision (whether to play when she can this season or take a redshirt year) for a player in their senior year," Rushing said. "That’s up to her. A lot of times seniors want to go out with the group they came in with. It’s entirely up to her."

UCA teams play Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday and complete a four-game homestand with games against Nicholls State on Saturday afternoon.

(David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or