CONWAY ó For more than one half, Arkansas-Pine Bluff was in striking distance of its first victory.

CONWAY ó For more than one half, Arkansas-Pine Bluff was in striking distance of its first victory.

But leading 28-19 at halftime, Central Arkansas turned it on in the second half and placed three players in double-figure scoring Friday in a 61-38 victory at the Farris Center. Itís the smallest margin of defeat this season for UAPB (0-11), which hadnít played in eight days.

The Lady Lions made a 6-0 run late in the first half, four points of which came on Chi Chi Okwumabua free throws, to pull within 25-19, but Micah Rice scored a layup and Megan Herbert hit 1 of 2 at the line for the halftime score. Okwumabua completed a three-point play with 9:20 left in the game to shorten the Sugar Bearsí lead to 39-31, but that would be the last time the Lady Lions trailed by single digits.

UCA then held UAPB without a field goal the rest of the way and went on a big run to close out the game.

Okwumabua scored 16 points, hitting 8 of 11 from the foul line, and had six rebounds. Jenise Gentry had 10 points and nine rebounds, and Lakendra Marsh added seven points despite going 1 for 11 from the floor.

As a team, UAPB was only 10 for 47 for 21.3 percent. UCA, which was 20 for 52 for 38.5 percent, was led by Courtney Dueverís and Riceís 15 points apiece and Herbertís 10.

The game closed out the nonconference portion of the Lady Lionsí schedule. They will start SWAC play Tuesday at Mississippi Valley State.