UCA Sugar Bears Knock Off Alabama

by ArkansasSports360.com Staff  on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 10:51 pm  

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UCA is two games into the basketball season and already has two notable victories.

The latest? Alabama, which fell 58-46 in Conway on Tuesday. A crowd of more than 3,000 were on hand to watch the Sugar Bears knock off the Crimson Tide, just four days after UCA beat Indiana.

"The thing we're establishing here, it's becoming one of the toughest places to play in the nation in women's college basketball," said fourth-year UCA head coach Matt Daniel, who picked up his 50th win at the school. "But we have to continue to grow it. We haven't played a great game of basketball yet, but we do have a great environment. The test comes not only for our team, but for our community as well, on Monday night. Are they coming to watch our opponent, or are they coming to watch us and cheer us on? I hope that we double this thing on Monday and fill the whole place up vs. Paul Quinn."

Junior forward Megan Herbert, who had game highs of 17 points and 18 rebounds to lead UCA, converted a three-point play with 7:23 left to push the Sugar Bears' lead to 10, 44-34, and the Crimson Tide never drew closer than eight the rest of the way.

UCA won despite shooting just 28.8 percent (17 of 59) from the floor and 8.7 percent (2 of 23) from 3-point range. The poor shooting was offset by a number of factors, including forcing 24 Alabama turnovers; winning the rebounding battle 48-38; and outscoring the Tide 22-3 at the free-throw line.

"I don't feel like we played well either night, but we've been able to lock down defensively and come away with wins," Daniel said. "We didn't play well on offense, but if you can lock in and guard, you've got a shot every night."


UCA Media Relations contributed to this report.



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