Jordan Goforth

 

University of Arkansas at Monticello junior women’s basketball player Jordan Goforth reached 1,000 career points in a 61-58 loss to Southeastern Oklahoma State on Thursday at the Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Goforth needed 16 points on Thursday and got just that to become the 18th member of UAM’s 1,000-point club and the first in program history to reach the milestone in the 21st century. The Plano, Texas native is the ninth player to hit the mark in the Great American Conference.

After a deadlocked tie of 34-all at the halftime break, the Blossoms (5-7, 3-4 GAC) went over six minutes without scoring to start the second half, allowing the Savage Storm (12-2, 5-1 GAC) to get on top by eight points. UAM trimmed its deficit to one point following a 9-2 run capped by a three-pointer from freshman Taylor Collins at the 11:17 mark.

A minute later, UAM began a 15-5 run to match its largest lead of the game, 58-51, on a layup from junior Tamia Grady with 2:14 remaining. The Savage Storm responded with 10 unanswered points throughout the remainder of regulation to prevent UAM from picking up a road victory.

Southeastern got on top by as much as eight points in the first half, but the Blossoms answered with an 18-4 run over a span of nearly eight minutes to get on top by six. UAM later led by as much as seven points in the first 20 minutes.

Goforth’s 16 points led all scorers. She added a game-high 13 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Junior Nelsha Peterson and sophomore Tori Nichols also reached double-figures for UAM with 15 and 14 points respectively.

Olivia Potter led Southeastern with 15 points, all on three-pointers. She hit the eventual game-winning trey with 31 seconds remaining in regulation. Kaylie Baxter added 11 points for the Savage Storm.

The Blossoms are off on Saturday and return to action next Thursday, January 15 at home against Northwestern Oklahoma State. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.