UCA teams in multi-sport doubleheader

The University of Central Arkansas women’s basketball and volleyball teams will play a rare multi-sport doubleheader Thursday night at the Farris Center.

The Sugar Bear basketball team, fresh off an upset over Ole Miss, will take on Central Baptist College at 5:30 p.m.

About 8 p.m., the Sugar Bear volleyball team, which clinched the Southland Conference regular-season title Tuesday night, will play a conference game against the University of New Orleans.

Hart among Bears on All-MVC team

Conway’s Taylor Hart, who made the second team, was one of three members of the University of Central Arkansas soccer team to earn All-Missouri Valley Conference recognition.

Hart made his second appearance on the All-MVC teams after honorable mention honors last season.

He scored four goals this season, totaling eight points. He ranked eighth in shots per game (2.47), ninth in shots (40), and tied for ninth in goals (four) and goals per game (0.27).

"This was Taylor’s best year for the program," said UCA coach Ross Duncan. "I’ve had the pleasure of coaching him in three of his four seasons now and he’s made a lot of progress with his game. Last year, he was a constant threat but wasn’t quite able to reward himself with the goals he deserved. This year he figured that part out. Taylor’s drive and athleticism give him an edge over almost everyone on the field in most games."

Others earning recognition were freshman Wes Carson and junior Logan Miller. Miller also made the second team while Carson made the All Freshmen Team.

Carson, a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, had the most successful freshman season that a Bear has had since Central Arkansas made the jump to NCAA Division I in 2006, scoring seven goals and assisting on one more to tie for the team lead with 15 points. He tied for second in the MVC in goals (7) and goals per game (0.44), tied for third in points per game (0.94), tied for fourth in points (15) and shots per game (2.75), and ranked fifth in shots (44).

Miller, who played his first season for the Bears after transferring from Regis University, tied with Carson for the team lead with 15 points, scoring five goals and assisting on five others. The Tomball, Texas, native, tied for third in points per game (0.94), assists (5), assists per game (0.31) and game-winning goals (3), tied for fifth in goals (5), tied for sixth in goals per game (0.31), and ranked tenth in shots (36) and shots per game (2.25).

Sugar bears sign guard

Little Rock guard Olivia McWilliams signed with the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bear basketball team on Wednesday.

McWilliams, a 5-foot-7 combo guard from eStem Public Charter School in Little Rock and member of the Arkansas Mavericks, was a 3A all-state and all-state tournament selection last year for the eSTEM Mets. McWilliams has averaged 17 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.7 steals per game, highlighted by scoring 18 points in one quarter during a conference tournament game last season.

"She can play multiple positions and that is what we like to find when recruiting a player," said UCA coach Sandra Rushing. "We’re extremely excited about the impact she will have on this program."