Sugar Bears Ibeh and Wright Win ASUN Post-Season Awards

Atlanta, Ga. –With the dust settling on Central Arkansas women’s basketball’s first regular season in the ASUN, the Sugar Bears place two players on the playoff rewards rosters. One of the best forwards in the conference, lucy ibeh was named All-Conference Second Team, his second all-conference selection as a Sugar Bear. running stitch, Randrea Wright was selected as one of the top five freshmen of the season, being named to the All-Freshman team.

With the two selections, Central Arkansas has maintained its streak of at least one all-conference pick each season since the 2009-10 season. Ibeh also becomes the first multiple selection since Kamry Orr made back-to-back All-Southland selections in 2017-18 and 2018-19, adding this year’s pick to his All-Southland bid last year.

Ibeh made his mark in UCA’s first season in ASUN, leading the team in a number of categories. Leading the team with 12.8 points per game, Ibeh’s point production ranked sixth in the conference. Ibeh’s season-high came against Alcorn State in November, when the forward dropped 27 points, one of three games over 20 points this season.

On the glass, Ibeh averaged 10.5 rebounds per game, which also led the conference and was in the top 30 in the nation. Against Jarvis Christian, Ibeh had a career-high 21 rebounds. Adding 25 points against the Bulldogs, Ibeh recorded the first 20-20 game for Central Arkansas since 2012. All told, the forward had 12 double-doubles, leading the conference in that regard.

Part of a group of freshmen, Wright broke into the opener. In facing a Big 12 foe at Kansas State, Wright scored 17 points for the purple and gray. In fact, the Birmingham, Alabama native scored in double figures in five of her first seven games, averaging 10.3 points per game to open the season. Falling to around nine points per game in the non-conference portion of the schedule, his scoring rose during the conference season, averaging 10.4 points per game. In Game 1 against Jacksonville, the point guard scored 19 points, including 11 free throws, before eventually breaking the 20-point mark against Eastern Kentucky, scoring 21 points on the senior day.

Along with her increased scoring, Wright also led the team in assists, taking the reins of the attack early on and involving her teammates. Like her scoring, she peaked early in the season with seven assists against Louisiana-Monroe in Game 4. Midway through the season, Wright would show flashes, hitting four or more assists seven more times before setting a new career high against Bellarmine, dishing out nine assists against the Knights. His total marked 26and time a Sugar Bear dished out nine assists, and it was the first time since 2020.

Together, the duo were responsible for more than 23 points, 13 rebounds and three steals per game. Ibeh set new career highs in rebounds (21), assists (6) and blocks (3), earning an ASUN Player of the Week award. Wright became the first UCA freshman to score more than 10 points in a season opener since 2013, and the first to score in double digits in her first three games since 2009. She was named ASUN Freshman of the Week four times, the second-most by any conference freshman.

Ibeh and Wright now look to the ASUN Championship, where the Sugar Bears take on the Jacksonville Dolphins in the first round of the tournament.

Rachel J. Bradford