Cotton Blossoms find GAC road tough
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Cotton Blossoms made the second stop of a three-game road trip in Bethany, Okla. to take on Southern Nazarene University last Thursday.
UAM and Southern Nazarene traded the lead throughout the first quarter of play with UAM’s Berniezha Tidwell getting the Blossoms on the board first with a jumper at the 9-minute, 32-second mark.
Neither team scored a basket for around two minutes until SNU’s Madeline Schroepfer tied the contest with 7:24 on the clock. After exchanging the lead, UAM’s Jaida Harden tied the contest with 2:11 remaining in the first at 7. SNU took the lead with 1:06 remaining and ended the quarter with a four-point, 12-8, lead.
Chari Swift pulled UAM even at 12 with a layup with 8:25 remaining in the half. SNU regained the lead, extending the lead to 11 points, 23-12, with 3:31 left in the half.
UAM cut the lead to seven points with 1:07 remaining, but SNU would take a 10-point, 26-16, lead to end the half.
SNU extended the lead to its biggest margin of the game at 22 points with 5:59 remaining in the third quarter. The Blossoms cut into the lead, closing the deficit to 10 points, 42-32, to enter the fourth quarter.
SNU continued to lead UAM for the remainder of the contest as the Blossoms scored four points in the final quarter. SNU took the quarter 6-4 to take a 48-36 victory.
MacKenzie Johnson and Swift led the Blossoms with eight points followed by Harden with six. Tidwell and Briana Hayles scored five points each with Whitney O’Dell and Nina Kizzee rounding out the scoring with two points apiece.
Taking on Oklahoma Baptist University in the final contest on the road trip, the Lady Bisons got on the board first before UAM’s Harden tied the contest at two with 8:38 remaining in the first quarter.
The Blossoms tied the game on four occasions in the first quarter before Oklahoma Baptist extended the lead to five points, 20-15, to end the quarter.
Oklahoma Baptist extended its lead to the biggest margin of the first half to 12 points, 33-21, with 3:07 remaining in the half. The Blossoms got within three on a three-pointer by O’Dell with 1:59 remaining in the half. The Lady Bisons ended the half extending the lead to seven points, 37-30.
UAM cut the lead to three points on several times during the third quarter, including at the end of the quarter after a three-pointer by Hayles as time expired in the quarter to trail the Lady Bisons 55-52 entering the final quarter.
Oklahoma continued to lead throughout the final quarter taking a 75-50 victory.
Johnson again led the Blossoms with 24 points followed by O’Dell with 20 points. Harden and Taylor Farley scored seven points each, Dezirae King five, Swift four and Hayles rounded out the scoring with three points.
With the pair of losses, the Blossoms fall to 5-12 overall and 4-8 in the Great American Conference.
The Blossoms return to action Thursday, taking on Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a 5:30 p.m. tip scheduled. The Blossoms will then take on Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday with a 1 p.m. tip scheduled.
Both games will be in Steelman Field House at UAM.