FORT SMITH, Ark. — Unable to overcome a four-point halftime deficit, the Northeastern A&M Lady Norse dropped an 85-60 decision to the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Lady Lions Thursday night in the Stubblefield Center.
With the loss, coach Jim Rowland's 29th-rated Lady Norse are 3-2 in the Eastern Division of the Bi-State Athletic Conference and 19-6 overall.
Both divisional losses are to the Lady Lions following a 68-63 decision on Jan. 31 in Miami.
Although coach Louis Whorton's seventh-ranked Lady Lions forfeited 22 games prior to this game, UAFS is 2-3 in the Bi-State East and 4-22 overall.
The Lady Norse conclude the home portion of the regular season next week by hosting Carl Albert State College at 6 p.m. Monday before entertaining Eastern State College at 6 p.m. Feb. 19.
The final home game with be Pink Zone Night and Sophomore Night.
Receiving eight points each from Dannah Kemp, Marisha Brown and Tracey Parsons, along with baskets from Morgan Boyd, Vasha Sanders and Ashley Aronald, the Lady Lions built a 30-26 lead through the first half.
The Lady Lions outscored the Lady Norse by a 55-34 margin in the second half to complete the series sweep.
Megan Fraley and Kali Bassett scored 12 points each to lead the Lady Norse in scoring while Jelena Cerina added 10.
NEO connected on 30 of 79 (38 percent) from the field, including 10 of 24 from 3-point range, and 10 of 17 (59 percent) at the free throw line.
Brown led the Lady Lions with 18 points while Kemp added 16 and Parsons 12.
The Lady Lions sank 41 of a whopping 101 field goal attempts (41 percent), including 9 of 28 from the 3-point area, and 12 of 18 (67 percent) at the line.
UAFS dominated the boards by a 44-21 margin. Parsons led the Lady Lions with nine rebounds while Cerina grabbed eight to lead NEO.