FGCU Women's Hoop Falls at Arkansas-Monticello
MONTICELLO, AR – The University of Arkansas at Monticello rallied late in the second half to pull out a 52-49 win over Florida Gulf Coast University at Steelman Fieldhouse in a Division II South Region women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon.
The Cotton Blossoms (12-9) overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 10:04 to hand the Eagles (15-7 overall, 8-7 south region) their second straight defeat.
For the second straight game, the Eagles started strong in the first half. Just four minutes into the game, FGCU led 12-5 and they built their lead to as many as 10 points and led 28-19 at the half.
FGCU held the lead until a three-pointer from the Cotton Blossom’s Theresa Tran with 5:58 tied the game. A Tran free throw 30 seconds later gave the hosts their first lead of the game at 45-44.
The Blossoms held a four-point lead at 50-46 with 36 seconds remaining before Eagles guard Ebonie Halliburton (East St. Louis, IL) sank a three-pointer with 15 second left after FGCU grabbed three straight offensive rebounds to maintain possession. A pair of free throws pushed the UAM lead to 52-49 in the waning seconds. A last-second FGCU three-point attempt was unsuccessful.
FGCU held UAM to their lowest point total of the season, holding the hosts to just 31.7% from the floor, and just 5-of-20 from three-point land. The Eagles, however, shot just 29.4%, their worst-shooting performance of the season. FGCU held a 48-39 rebounding advantage but was hampered by 20 turnovers in the contest.
Halliburton led all scorers with 16 points. Senior forward Andrea Clarke (Guelph, Ontario) added 10 points and junior guard Candy Myers (New Batavia, OH) had seven points and seven rebounds. Wendy Young led the Blossoms with 15 points and eight boards.
The Eagles return to host Converse College on Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m.