MONTICELLO – Southern Arkansas women broke out of a slump in an emphatic way on Monday, routing rivals Arkansas-Monticello 93-51.
The Muleriders scored the first 11 points of the contest and did not look back.
A first-quarter showing that saw the hosts only shoot 1-13 from the field resulted in the Muleriders grabbing a 22-5 lead after the first frame.
The Muleriders forced 36 turnovers, scoring 44 points off those turnovers. They registered 22 steals and recorded 26 fast-break points to the Blossoms' six.
The Muleriders went 10-29 from three and shot 46.3 percent from the field.
The 51 points against is the fewest the Muleriders have allowed since December 17, 2019 versus Rogers State, when the Hillcats scored 49 on that occasion.
Additionally, the 42-point margin of victory is the largest for the Muleriders over a Division II opponent since the school joined the NCAA in 1995-96.
Every Mulerider who saw the floor ended up scoring, with four players in double digits.
Diamond Morris led all scorers with 16 points on the evening. The sophomore went 7-11 from the field while also grabbing a game-high five steals.
Kisi Young and Jessica Jones each scored 13 points, with Young shooting 6-7 from the field and Jones making four threes, all in the second quarter. Kenzie Ezekiel also scored 11 points, shooting 3-7 from deep.
Lillie Moore grabbed a team-high eight rebounds; Morris and Ariana Guinn each dished out four assists; and, Maggie Evans rejected a pair of shots.
With the win, the Muleriders move past the Blossoms in the standings, up into fifth in the Eastern Division; they close out the regular season with a pair of home games, Arkansas Tech on Thursday and Harding on Saturday.