UCA defeats Hendrix in first season win

At their first home game, UCA women’s basketball dominated from the start and beat Hendrix by 76 points. After picking up this first win of the season, they now sit at (1-1). (photo courtesy of UCASports)

At their first home game, UCA women’s basketball dominated from the start and beat Hendrix by 76 points. After picking up this first win of the season, they now sit at (1-1).

UCA came out strong and were able to go on a 17-0 run that Hendrix was unable to counter. In the first half, UCA’s offense was incredibly efficient, shooting 68.4% from the field in the first half. By halftime, the score was 61-18 and the Bears finished the game by outscoring Hendrix 34-12. 

A big factor in the Bear’s efficiency on offense was freshman forward Terri Crawford. Hendrix had no answer for Crawford on the inside. Crawford finished the game with 24 points on 10-11 shooting from the field. In addition to being efficient from the field, Crawford was also efficient from the charity stripe, going a perfect 4-4. 

Crawford credits her teammates for finding ways to get her the ball in the post and helping to get her in position to score.

“It was just team oriented,” Crawford said. “Our coach told us we had to work as a team and move the ball around and get the post to work down low. We did that and moved the ball around, [and] got the open shots. We executed the game plan and got the post open. We kept working.” 

In her first game in the Farris Center, Crawford felt welcomed by the fans. 

“It’s my home court, so I took a lot of pride in it. I want to make sure I’m working hard not just for myself but for my coaches and teammates. It’s a warm experience being around people from the community. It helped a lot,” Crawford said.

To complement Crawford’s inside game, UCA got going on the perimeter and, overall, the team was able to shoot a scorching 40% from the three-point line. 

UCA had a diverse scoring attack. There were three other double digit scorers. Guard Shay Johnson and forward Hannah Langhi both scored 17, and guard Taylor Sells chipped in 15 points.

On the other end of the court, UCA stifled Hendrix’s offense and Hendrix was unable to get anything going. UCA kept them out of the paint and didn’t allow any clean looks from the 3 point line. Hendrix finished the night on an abysmal 29% from 3 and 23% overall from the field. 

The team did a great job taking care of the ball and only committed 11 turnovers while they forced Hendrix into 31 turnovers. 

The Bears’ next game will be against the UALR Trojans as part of the Governor’s I-40 Showdown. UCA has a good chance of winning; UALR comes into this game 0-3 and each of their losses has come by double digits.    

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