MAGNOLIA, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello Women’s Basketball traveled to Magnolia, Arkansas to host Great American Conference member Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Friday afternoon, following the delay of Thursday’s scheduled match-up due to power outages. The Blossoms came out of their twentieth contest of the year with a 61-44 win over the Lady Rangers.
Returning sophomore Bailey Harris once again led the way for Arkansas-Monticello (8-12, 5-9 GAC) with a 16 point performance on the afternoon. She shot for 6-14 on field goals, hitting 4-9 three-pointers throughout the match. She had two offensive and three defensive rebounds contributed on top of four assists in the match.
True freshman Alindsey Long posted 15 points of her own in her Friday afternoon performance. She was 5-11 on field goals throughout the match, 3-8 on attempts from beyond-the-line, and went 2-2 on free throws. She also contributed two rebounds, two steals, and an assist.
Cyarah Kensmil was the final Blossom in double-digits, contributing 12 points on the day. Kensmil gave the Blossoms a 5-8 field goal performance with two free throws on top of six rebounds and two assists.
Northwestern Oklahoma (8-10, 4-10 GAC) was led by Faith Simpson with a 10 point performance.
Northwestern Oklahoma won the tip-off, but after a turnover, Arkansas-Monticello was the first team on the board thanks to an Alindsey Long three-pointer. The Lady Rangers found two free throws, but the Blossoms responded with a dominant display of basketball. UAM would grow their lead throughout the opening ten minutes, finishing the quarter with a 15 point advantage over Northwestern Oklahoma. UAM would finish out the quarter going 8-13 on field goals and 4-6 on threes. The two teams would head into the second quarter with Arkansas-Monticello on top 20-5.
The second quarter proved to be the lowest scoring quarter of the half, kicking off once again with the Blossoms putting in the first points from Long. Unfortunately the second 10 minutes went Northwestern Oklahoma’s way as they would outscore UAM 11 points to nine. UAM shot for 30% of their field goals throughout the quarter, while Northwestern Oklahoma would shoot for 33% in their performance. The teams would head to the locker rooms with the Blossoms on top, 29-16.
The third quarter was a well fought one by the Blossoms, who shot for 39% on field goals and hit 3-9 from beyond-the-arc. Arkansas-Monticello once again outscored the Lady Rangers, posting a 19-12 point line in the third ten minute period of the game. The quarter would come to a close with the Blossoms leading 54-41. NWOSU would go 4-13 on field goals, compared to UAM’s 7-18.
The final quarter of the game would once again go Northwestern Oklahoma’s way, as they scored 16 points compared to Arkansas-Monticello’s 13. NWOSU was able to chip away at the Blossom lead in the final ten minutes, but were unable to reclaim the lead. The match would come to a close with a Blossom win, outscoring the visiting Lady Rangers, 61-44.
Arkansas-Monticello committed 21 turnovers in the entirety of the match.
The Blossoms return to home to Steelman Field House on Friday, February 4 when they host Great American Conference member Southwestern Oklahoma State University. The match is set to tip-off at 3:00 p.m.
All live streams and live stats will be available as clickable links on the UAM Women’s basketball schedule.
UAM would like to give a thank you to AGUP Equipment, who was scheduled to be Thursday night’s game day sponsor. Thank you for your continued support of UAM Athletics!
Check out the home schedule below for the next opportunity to catch the Blossoms at Steelman Field House! STUDENTS! Be sure to come out to the remaining home games of the 2022-23 basketball season and enter for your chance to win $10,000 in the Union Bank Half-Court Challenge. The winner will be selected for a chance to shoot a $10K half-court shot at the final home game of the season.
Because the $400 three-pointer was missed at the last true home game, a student will have the opportunity at the Saturday’s UAM-SWO conference match-up to shoot a three-pointer for $500. Be sure to show your support and enter for your chance to win!
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