Sugar Bears continue win streak

Senior gaurd Taylor Sells scores after going coast to coast thanks to a forced turnover by UCA against McNeese State University on Feb. 8. Sells finished the game with 11 points in the 70-49 win for the Sugar Bears.

The UCA women’s basketball team (10-11, 6-6 SLC) extended their win streak to three.  UCA defeated both Lamar University and McNeese State University at the Farris Center with convincing margins of victory.

The Lamar University Cardinals (9-12, 5-7 SLC)  were kept in check in a contest dominated by the Sugar Bear’s defense this past Wednesday.  Defense led the Sugar Bears to a 53 to 29 win. The Lady Cardinals only hit one shot in the first quarter, which left them in an early hole that they couldn’t recover from.  The Bears continued to alter Lamar’s offensive flow in the second quarter, only allowing two Cardinal field goals. UCA ended the half by holding Lamar to a season lowp erformance as they held the lead 25-9.  

The UCA defense went on to only allow seven more field goals in the entire second half.  The Bears defense could not have been more of a reason for their success as it forced Lamar into shooting a lousy 17.2% from the field. 

While not only earning a victory on the scoreboard, the Sugar Bears won the rebounding battle with a 62 to 28 advantage.  The Lady Bears had a strong showing at the free throw line by converting 10 of 12 at an 83.3% clip.

Junior forward Ayanna Trigg led the Bears with her double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds while adding 4 blocks.  Senior guard Taylor Sells played a vital role in the win with 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists.  

This defensive confidence did not disappear as UCA continued their two game home stand.  The McNeese State Cowboys (5-7 2-11 SLC) entered the Saturday Contest at the bottom of the Southland Conference standings.  

The Sugar Bears had their season-best performance in a 70-49 win over the Cowgirls.  

A stout defense seen previously in the UCA three game win streak was again evident in the Farris Center. A potent inside attack helped UCA run away in a game that was never close. The Bears opened the game with a 12 to 4 run. UCA led at the end of the first quarter with a 22-13 lead.  At the half, the Bears continued to roll with a lead of 42 to 21. 

The Sugar Bears went on to score 38 points in the paint by the end of the game.   Ayana Trigg said the team was successful on the defensive end of the court. 

“Our game plan was to shut their shooters down,” Trigg said. “We don’t really focus on the offensive end because it is going to come.  But defensive minded, that is this team.” 

The Sugar Bears dove after any loose ball, often with good results as they forced 26 turnovers.  

“Coach preaches to go hard after loose balls, it is what we do,” Briana Trigg said. 

This hard-nosed mentality has helped UCA continue to win games beginning on the defensive end of the court.  The Sugar Bears outscored McNeese 26-18 in the second half, not allowing any points in the fourth quarter.

UCA received a big boost from Briana Trigg who turned in a 24 point and 11 rebound double-double. Senior guard Taylor Sells contributed 11 points and 6 rebounds.

The Sugar Bear’s next game will be Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the University of New Orleans before taking on Sam Houston State University on the road on Saturday, Feb. 15.

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