Savage Storm strikes Boll Weevils; Blossoms prevail


DURANT, Okla. – The Arkansas-Monticello men’s basketball team dropped a 67-64 decision at Southeastern Oklahoma State on Saturday.

The Savage Storm (8-14, 4-6 Great American Conference) led throughout most of the game. The Weevils (15-7, 5-5 GAC) got their first of two leads in the game early in the first half. Kori Forge and L.A. Farmer hit back-to-back threes to put UAM up 13-9, but the lead got no higher than five before SOSU regained the advantage.

After tying the score at 16, Southeastern closed the half on a 21-9 run that placed them firmly in the driver’s seat for the rest of the game. The Weevils battled hard to erase the first-half deficit for the first 10 minutes of the second. They slowly chipped away at the Savage Storm lead until a Forge three with 8:55 remaining gave UAM a 53-51 lead. Unfortunately, the Storm retook the lead almost immediately and did not relinquish it again.

UAM shot 34 percent on the night, going 23-of-68 from the field, including 8-of-23 from beyond the arc. The Weevils shot 10-of-18 at the free throw line. SOSU went 30-of-62 from the floor, including 5-of-19 from three. The Storm shot just six foul shots all night, hitting two.

Forge led the Weevils with 18 points, Sergio Crowe posted 15, while Ricardo Hall and L.A. Farmer rounded out those in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. A.J. Calhoun was two points away from a double-double with 10 rebounds and 8 points.

The Weevils will return home next Saturday to host Henderson State in a 4 p.m. matchup inside Steelman Field House.

WOMEN

UAM 68, SE Oklahoma State 57

The Cotton Blossoms recorded their second road conference win today with a win over the Storm.

The game went back-and-forth for most of the day, with 10 score ties and nine lead changes. Neither team could pull more than a few buckets away from the other in the first half, due in large part to cold shooting on both ends of the court. Southeastern (9-11, 5-5 GAC) shot 37 percent in the frame compared to 31 for UAM (7-13, 3-7 GAC).

The shooting made for a low-scoring half, with the Savage Storm taking a 27-25 lead into the break. It would have been higher, but Candace Virgadamo hit one of her three 3-pointers on the day with 3 seconds remaining in the half to cut the SOSU lead down to a single possession before halftime.

The Blossoms’ shooting improved dramatically in the second half. Taylor Clark tied the game out of the locker room with a jumper to knot the game at 27. It was the first of six tied scores in the second half. Catherine Puckett nailed a jumper with 12:26 remaining to tie the game for the final time at 46. The shot sparked a 15-3 run by the Blossoms over the next 5:28 that put the win on ice. Virgadamo hit another three with 6:58 that gave the Blossoms the first double-digit lead of the day at 59-49. The Storm got no closer than eight points again.

The Blossoms’ shooting improved to 52 percent in the second half to put them at 41 percent on the day. They shot 40 percent from 3-point range and 67 percent from the line (12-of-18).

Catherine Puckett led the Blossoms with a game-high 18 points off 6-of-10 shooting and a perfect 5-of-5 at the foul line. Channon Haywood and Candace Virgadamo joined her in double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Jessica Hesse and Ashley Hobbs led the Savage Storm with 14 points each.

The Blossoms will return to action Saturday as they host Henderson State at 2 p.m.