ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (UAM) - University of Arkansas at Monticello sophomore guard Nikki Mullen led the Cotton Blossoms with a career-high seven made three-pointers in a 67-60 loss to Henderson State on the road Thursdaynight inside the Duke Wells Center.
Mullen finished the game with a career-tying 23 points after connecting on 8-of-17 total shots and 7-of-13 three-pointers. The Green Forest, Ark. native made four treys in the first half. She added two assists and three steals to her final totals. Sophomore Jordan Goforth also reached double-digits with 14 points, while adding six rebounds and five assists.
The Blossoms led by as much as seven points in the first half thanks to three-point shooting from Goforth and Mullen. Mullen led all scorers in thefirst 20 minutes with 14 points highlighted by four treys. Goforth added two treys in the first half and had eight points at the break.
The Lady Reddies wiped out UAM's seven-point lead at the 9:18 mark with a 9-2 scoring run to force one of six tie scores in the first period. Neither team led by more than three points throughout the remainder of the first half. HSU's Aungelique Sledge nailed a three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining to tie the contest at 32-all at thehalftime break.
UAM took a two-point lead on a layup from sophomore Donlicia James in the first two minutes of the second half for the team's only lead of the period. The Lady Reddies held no more than a five-point lead until the final five minutes of the game. HSU used an 8-0 scoring to take a double-digit lead with 3:06 remaining. Mullen made her final three-pointer with 23 seconds left to finalize the scoring.
UAM finished the game shooting 41 percent from the field (25-for-61), 36 percent on three-pointers (9-for-25) and 50 percent on foul shots (1-for-2). HSU finished at 41 percent from the field (26-for-63), 27 percent on three-pointers (4-for-15) and 79 percent on foul shots (11-for-14).
HSU's Tiara Davis led all scorers with 24 points.
The Blossoms are scheduled to return to action on Saturday, December 7 back in Arkadelphia against Ouachita Baptist.