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Blossoms Leave Fort Smith with a Loss to the Lady Lions

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MONTICELLO, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello Women’s Basketball traveled to the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith for their fifth contest of the 2022-23 season on Saturday. The Blossoms took on the Lady Lions and came out with a 69-58 loss on the road.

Returning sophomore Bailey Harris led the way for Arkansas-Monticello (2-3) with 18 points, going 6-14 on shots in the two-point range and 6-7 on free throws. She also contributed a team four rebounds.

True Freshman Alindsey Long contributed 15 points of her own, going 6-14 on field goals, 1-3 on three pointers and 2-3 on shots from the line with a rebound.
 
Arkansas-Fort Smith was led by Riley HayesKayla Brundidge and Dala Allen with 11 points each.

The Lady Lions were the first team to put points on the board in the first quarter as they would take a 5-0 lead. Arkansas-Monticello would respond with two free throws from Cyarah Kensmil and a basket from Alindsey Long to make it a 5-4 game. Unfortunately Fort Smith would find 13 straight points to reclaim the lead at 18-4. The Blossoms would go on a run of their own to bring the match back to a five point deficit. UAM came out 7-17 on field goals, 1-4 on three pointers, and 2-2 on free throws. The two teams would head into the second quarter with UAFS on top 22-17.

The second quarter was won buy the Blossoms as they would outscore the Lady Lions 13 points to 12. UAM shot for only 33% of their field goals throughout the second 10 minutes. Fort Smith would only shoot for 30% in their second quarter performance. The teams would finish the half and head to the locker rooms with Arkansas-Fort Smith on top, 34-30.

The third quarter proved to go the Lady Lions way as well as they would outscore the Blossoms, 20-19. Fort Smith shot for 50% of field goals, compared to Arkansas-Monticello’s 47% in the third ten minutes.

The fourth quarter was once again won by Arkansas-Fort Smith as they would once again outscore Arkansas-Monticello. Bailey Harriswould find a layup to give the Blossoms their final two points of the game as UAM would fall to the Lady Lions as the time ran out, 69-58.

Arkansas-Monticello committed 16 turnovers in the entirety of the match.
 

UP NEXT
The Blossoms return to action on Thursday, December 1 when they travel to Russellville, Arkansas to open up Great American Conference play against Arkansas Tech University. The match is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

All live streams and live stats will be available as clickable links on the UAM Women’s basketball schedule.


POSTGAME NOTES

  • Arkansas-Monticello used the starting lineup of Cyarah KensmilLaia BalcellsBailey HarrisJoi Montgomery and Alindsey Long for the fifth time this season.
    • The Blossoms also used this starting five in the season opener against Lincoln University on Nov. 11.
  • Bailey Harris scored a team-high 18 points.
    • She has scored double digits in all five games this season, averaging 15.2 ppg.
  • Alindsey Long scored double digits for the third time in her UAM career.
    • This is the third straight game scoring 10+ points.
  • Cyarah Kensmil and Nyah Banks each had 6 rebounds. 


How to follow the Blossoms: For more information on Arkansas-Monticello Women’s Basketball, visit www.uamsports.com and follow the team’s social media channels on Twitter and Instagram.

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