SHAWNEE, Okla. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello Women’s Basketball traveled to Shawnee, Oklahoma to take on Great American Conference member Oklahoma Baptist University on Saturday afternoon. The Blossoms came out of their seventeenth contest of the year with a 67-58 loss to the Bison.
Returning sophomore Bailey Harris once again led the way for Arkansas-Monticello (7-12, 4-9 GAC) with a 13 point performance on the afternoon. She shot for 5-12 on field goals, hitting 2-4 three pointers throughout the match and one free throw. She had two defensive rebounds contributed on top of an assist and a steal in the match.
Oklahoma Baptist (13-6, 9-4 GAC) was led by Jaedyn Getman with a 22 point performance.
Oklahoma Baptist was the first team on the board with two free throws made by their leading scorer. The Blossoms responded shortly after with a layup of their own from Joi Montgomery. UAM would continue to score throughout the opening ten minutes, tying the game up once more at 9-9. The Bison would reclaim the lead and hold it for the remainder of the quarter. UAM would finish out the quarter going 5-19 on field goals and 1-7 on threes. The two teams would head into the second quarter with OBU on top 16-11.
The second quarter kicked off once again with the Bison scoring first a couple layups. The Blossoms fought hard to come back in the second frame, matching the home team in scoring with each scoring 15 points. Unfortunately these effort proved not enough, as OBU would maintain a five point advantage at the half. UAM shot for 33.3% of their field goals throughout the quarter, while Oklahoma Baptist would shoot for 18.75%, but make nine free throws, in their performance. The teams would head to the locker rooms with the Bison ahead, 31-26.
The third quarter was a well fought one by the Blossoms, who shot 46% from the field and 50% from beyond-the-arc. OBU would outscore Arkansas-Monticello 23-15 in the third ten minute period of the game. The quarter would come to a close with the Bison leading 54-41. OBU would go 8-9 on field goals, compared to UAM’s 6-13.
The final quarter of the game was a dominant shootout for the Blossoms. UAM was able to close the Bison lead to seven as the final ten minutes continued. However, some late scoring would eventually put Oklahoma Baptist back up nine as the time would expire. UAM would out score OBU 23-19 in the quarter, with Oklahoma Baptist coming out on top with a final score of 67-58.
Arkansas-Monticello committed 16 turnovers in the entirety of the match.
The Blossoms return to home to Steelman Field House on Thursday, February 2 when they host Great American Conference member Northwestern Oklahoma State University. The match is set to tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
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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.
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