Sugar Bears hits the road for ASUN vs Bellarmine match

CONWAY, Arche. – The Central Arkansas women’s basketball team are back in action after their previous game was postponed due to COVID protocols. Back in Bluegrass State, the Sugar Bears face the Bellarmine Knights on Wednesday night. Departure from Freedom Hall is 5:30 p.m. CT.

In search of their first ASUN victory, the Sugar Bears lost their conference opener last Wednesday, losing to Eastern Kentucky in a 46-61 final. Lucy ibeh got his sixth double-double, scoring 17 points and taking some rebounds. In his last four games, Ibeh is averaging 18.8 points and 14 rebounds per game, scoring three double-doubles in that span.

With his recent outings, Ibeh now sits fifth in the conference with 14.9 points per game, while leading ASUN in rebounds with 10.5 boards per outing. His six double doubles this season are tied for first in the conference and among the top 30 nationally.

First-year student Randrea Wright came into the week after winning five career-best steals against the Colonels. Currently, the team’s third-leading scorer, the Birmingham, Ala. Native, averages 8.3 points per game, leading the team with 27 assists this year.

Bellarmine welcomes the Sugar Bears after losing its last two outings, both ASUN games. Most recently, the Knights suffered a 47-61 loss to Eastern Kentucky, keeping it tight until a 21-9 fourth quarter saw the Colonels pull away at the end. Bailee Harney scored 20 points on 8 of 16 shots, including a pair of three runs and two free throws.

Jaela Johnson is the team’s leading scorer, with 13.6 points per game, scoring eight times as many points this year. Sheniqua Coatney tops the rebound list, eliminating 6.0 boards per contest, as well as blocks, with 14. Coatney also has eight straight games with at least one steal.

The Knights’ head coach is Chancellor Dugan, now in his 10e season. Dugan saw Bellarmine make the jump to Division I, last season being the first season at the new level. Bellarmine went 5-17 last season, winning all five ASUN games.

Kick-off against the Knights is set for 5:30 p.m. CT at Freedom Hall. The match will be broadcast on ESPN +, with a radio stream at 91.3 The bear and a link to the statistics here.

Rachel J. Bradford