Blossoms drop two conference tilts

Rebuilding seasons are no fun for any coach—or player, for that matter. On its longest road trip of the winter, the University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team suffered two more losses, dropping the Cotton Blossoms to 1-5 in the Great American Conference.
Last Thursday, UAM did give No. 17 Southwestern Oklahoma State University all it could handle—and then some—but the Bulldogs prevailed 85-80 in Weatherford, Okla. Two days later, the Blossoms seemed spent at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, falling 78-69 in Alva, Okla.
“I was disappointed in our play at Northwestern, said UAM head coach Tanya Ray, who saw her squad drop to 5-6 for the season. “I thought we did a poor job defensively, not being aggressive and not playing with grit. We allowed them to be more physical and we did not respond well to it. We also didn’t execute well at times offensively.
“We needed some people who normally don’t score for us to step up and make shots and that didn’t happen.”
At Southwestern, the Blossoms used a 28-21 fourth-quarter surge to put feat into the Bulldogs put simply ran out of time. Three UAM players tallied 20 points or more in the contest, led by Charlynn Perry’s 24. Both Britnee Broadway and Idalis Rubalcava netted 20 points for UAM.
Saturday, Broadway and Taylor Collins scored 18 points apiece to pace the Blossoms and Rubalcava chipped in with 11 but a third-period lull did UAM in during thst game.
The Blossoms actually led by one point, 17-16, after 10 minutes, and trailed by just two at halftime, but Northwestern used a 25-16 third quarter to put the game away.

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