FORT SMITH – So far, so good.
Two games into the regular season and the UAFS women’s basketball team is undefeated with a pair of impressive 30-point wins against in-region opponents. UAFS completed the sweep of its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes on Saturday, beating Colorado Christian 80-50 in the final game of the Heartland/Rocky Mountain Conference Challenge at the Stubblefield Center.
It was the second 30-point win in a row for the Lady Lions (2-0), who beat the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers 75-45 in Friday night’s season opener.
Five players scored in double-figures for the Lady Lions. Junior guard Daijah Brown had 14 points, junior guard Lundon Williams had 13, sophomore guard Alexis Brown had 12, senior forward Tayla Taylor had 12 and junior forward Sarah Elkins had 10.
UAFS shot a sizzling 57 percent from the field (32 of 56) – it was only 3-of-13 shooting from 3-point range – and shot 62 percent from the free-throw line (13 of 21). The Lady Lions shot 58 percent or better from the field in the final three quarters.
The Lady Lions out-rebounded the Cougars by nine rebounds (32-23) and collected 12 offensive rebounds that led to 15 second-chance points. Taylor just missed a double-double, collecting a team-high eight rebounds.
UAFS held Colorado Christian to just 35-percent shooting from the field (14 of 40) – the Cougars were only 3-of-10 shooting from 3-point range – and the Cougars shot 72 percent from the free-throw line (13 of 18).
Forward Jordan Baer and guard Alex Nelson had 10 points apiece to lead the Cougars, who led 17-11 after the first quarter but trailed 34-27 at halftime. Baer, Shaner and Sarah McGinley each had five rebounds to lead the Cougars.
UAFS forced Colorado Christian to commit 24 turnovers that led to 30 points. Alexsis Brown had a five of the Lady Lions’ 17 steals.
UAFS 80, COLORADO CHRISTIAN 50
Colorado Christian 17 10 9 14 — 50
UAFS 11 23 23 23 — 80
Colorado Christian (0-2): Baer 10, Nelson 10, Hurlbut 7, Shaner 7, McGinley 6, Holt 2, Tomlinson 1, Olson 1.
UAFS (2-0): Brown 14, Williams 13, Brown 12, Taylor 12, Elkins 10, Gulley 7, Green 4, Lehne 3, Hanson 3, Haynes 2