Sugar Bears welcomes Arkansas-Pine Bluff in final game of 2021

CONWAY, Arche. – The Sugar Bears return home once again before the holidays, facing Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday. Central Arkansas, now 4-6 on the season, is looking to move up to 5-1 at the Farris Center. Kick-off against the Lady Lions is set for 1:00 p.m.

Central Arkansas lost their last result, falling to a team from Arkansas who connected on 11 three-pointers on Saturday. Lucy ibeh scored 17 points, tying the game-high for both teams, shooting 7 of 15 from the floor while shooting nine rebounds. The Lagos, Nigeria native scored eight in the first quarter before completing her scoring with seven in the fourth.

Ibeh continues to be the offensive spark, leading the team with 13.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, while leading the Sugar Bears with 22 steals. Saturday’s game marked the sixth time this season that she has scored at least 15 points and the seventh game in which she has scored in double digits. Ibeh’s rebounds are number one in ASUN, and his flights are the fifth-highest in the conference. After scoring 17 points against Arkansas, his scoring average ranks sixth.

Outside of Ibeh, the Sugar Bears receive contributions from some of the youth on the list. Randrea Wright leads the team with 26 assists, including three games over four hundred. Jayla cody has three games with a double-digit score, with a season-high 12 points. More recently, Lashiyah Fowler has 24 points in his last three outings, with four three points to his name.

This meeting between the Sugar Bears and the Lady Lions marks the 37e between schools, with Central Arkansas holding a 24-16 lead in the series. Winner of nine of the last ten, Central Arkansas are looking to end the calendar year with another home victory over the Lady Lions.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff will visit the Farris Center with a 4-5 record, currently on a two-game losing streak. The Lady Lions last fell to UAB at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, losing 64-89. Despite 17 points from Zaay Green and eight other team-field attempts, the Lady Lions allowed UAB to shoot 54% from the field, down from 34%.

Green is one of four UAPB players with a double-digit average score, leading the way with 14.7 points per game. She also leads the team in assists and steals, while placing second on the team in rebounds. Sade Hudson (12.8 points per game), Khadijah Brown (12.1 points per game) and Joyce Kennerson (11.3 points per game) are also scoring double-digit numbers.

Lady Lions head coach is Dawn Thornton. Now in her third season, she’s leading an improving team that has already beaten Southern Miss., Southeast Missouri State and Tulane this season. Arkansas-Pine Bluff was selected to finish ninth in the SWAC preseason poll.

The time for the game against the Lady Lions is set for 1 p.m. at the Farris Center. The game can be watched on the Bear Nation network, streamed on 91.3 The bear, and live stats can be followed here.

Rachel J. Bradford