For the second game in a row they allowed 40 points in the first half. They outscored Central Arkansas 33-39 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough in a 69-60 loss Monday night at the Farris Center in Conway, Ga.
“I think we can see what we are capable of from how we have played the second halves the last two games,” Lady Bisons coach Frank Bennett said. “We have to come out and play much better the first half. You can’t be successful giving up 40 points in the first half.”
Guard Anna Bowers led the Lady Bisons with 19 points, her fifth double figures game in the last six. She hit five-of-12 attempts from 3-point range.
“Anna has been shooting threes pretty consistently,” Bennett said. “She has been shooting threes better than twos.”
Center Brittany Duerk scored 13 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
“It was good to see Brittany have a strong game,” Bennett said. “She hit 75 percent of her shots. She got two quick fouls in the first half and we had to take her out. She could have played seven or eight more minutes if it wasn’t for the fouls.”
Central Arkansas was led by center Megan Herbert with a game-high 22 points. She also had a game-high 13 rebounds.
Courtney Duever chipped in with 13 points.
The Lady Bisons led 5-2 on a 3-point shot by guard Miaca Bowman with 18:33 left in the first half, but they would not lead again in the game.
Central Arkansas led 40-27 at the end of the first half.
The Lady Bisons trailed by 15 points, 35-20, with 4:48 left in the first
The Lady Bisons rallied in the final 20 minutes. They tied the game at 51-51 with 5:49 left to play on a layup by Bowers. They also tied the game at 53-53 on a jumper by Duerk 46 seconds later.
The Lady Bisons pulled within one point at 56-55 on a layup by Hannah Phillips with 3:28 remaining.
The Lady Bisons made 20 turnovers. Central Arkansas had 15.
“We were down, but we had a lot of fight,” Bennett said. “We came back strong.
“We turned the ball over a little too much. We had some turnovers late when we had the chance to take control of the game. At that point you have to value your possessions. You have to take advantage of every situation.”
Central Arkansas had a slight edge in rebounds, 39-38.
The Lady Bisons are 2-4. Central Arkansas is 3-4.
The Lady Bisons will be back in action Saturday at 4 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with Mercer, the first Atlantic Sun game of the season for the Lady Bisons.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.