Digest for 11-14-13


LOCAL

UAM women rout LeMoyne-Owen

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello women’s basketball team came out firing on Wednesday night and didn’t stop until they had secured a 95-36 win over LeMoyne-Owen (Tenn.) at Steelman Fieldhouse.

UAM (2-0) scored the game’s first 10 points and held a 20-point lead with 2:38 left in the first half.

The Cotton Blossoms held a 43-21 lead over the Lady Magicians (0-4) at the break.

UAM extended its lead to 34 less than four minutes into the second half.

Sophomore Nikki Mullen led the Blossoms with 23 point, including five three-pointers.

Sophomore Jordan Goforth added 16 points and sophomore Donlicia James chipped in with 14 points.

LeMoyne-Owen was led by Alyson McNear with nine points.

UAM’s first home game of the season will be on Saturday at Missouri S&T in Rolla.

STATE

Arkansas women crush Oral Roberts

FAYETTEVILLE — The bench for the Arkansas women’s basketball team outscored Oral Roberts by eight points as the Razorbacks rolled to a 91-33 win at Bud Walton Arena on Wednesday night.

Arkansas forced 36 turnovers in the game — 23 in the first half — to remain undefeated at 2-0, while ORU fell to 1-2 on the season.

Razorback freshman Jessica Jackson scored a game-high 19 points. Teammate Calli Berna had a well-rounded 11 points, eight assists and four steals on the night.

Arkansas’ bench players didn’t wait until the second half to pour in the points. The Razorbacks went into the break ahead 46-16 with the reserves having scored exactly half of Arkansas’ 46 first-half points.

Arkansas’ next game is a home contest on Saturday against Furman.

NATIONAL

Cy Young goes to Scherzer, Kershaw

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has claimed his second National League Cy Young Award in three years, while Max Scherzer gave the Detroit Tigers their second American League recipient over that same period when baseball’s top pitching honor was revealed Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Both star hurlers were overwhelming choices following their outstanding 2013 seasons. Scherzer, the major league leader with 21 wins, received 28 of a possible 30 first-place votes to easily outdistance the Japanese tandem of Texas’ Yu Darvish and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. Kershaw, this year’s MLB earned run average champion, was a near-unanimous choice after being named atop all but one of the 30 ballots cast.

Having emerged as the ace of a formidable Tigers staff that also contains 2011 AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, Scherzer delivered a career season to help Detroit to a third consecutive AL Championship Series appearance. The hard-throwing right-hander began his brilliant campaign by ripping off 13 straight winning decisions and finished with a stellar 21-3 record, with the Tigers prevailing in 25 of his 32 starts.

Scherzer added 240 strikeouts while limiting opposing hitters to a .198 average, second to Darvish for the AL lead in both categories, while his 2.90 overall ERA was fifth-best in the Junior Circuit.