Armstead came out early to give NSU (10-8, 3-3 SLC) 17 of 29 points by halftime. UCA (11-6, 5-1 SLC) trailed by two at the break.
“I thought Trudy was outstanding. She attacked from the tip and I feel bad because we wasted a great outing from her,” said second-year co-head coach Brooke Stoehr.
The 29 bested her previous season high of 27 in the season opener against Southern Arkansas and fell one short of her career-high 30 from 2012 against Texas-Arlington.
“She was ready to play tonight. She was disappointed that we didn’t win,” said Stoehr. “I thought she was tremendous tonight from the standpoint of being aggressive and attacking.”
Courtney Duever opened the second half on a layup that tied the game at 29.
She scored on another layup between a made 3-pointer and layup by Breanna Mullins; Mullins finished the run with her second layup.
Both Mullins and Duever led Central Arkansas in scoring with 23 and 19 points, respectively. Mullins had 17 and Duever had 13 in the second half alone.
Central Arkansas scored 46 points in the second half on 60 percent shooting (14-23) including a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the 3-point line.
“It was just a disappointing effort. Defensively in the second half, we just could not get stops when we needed them,” said Stoehr. “Credit Central Arkansas, they did a nice job with its switching defense on our ball screens and our screening action.
The Lady Demons are set for a 12:30 p.m. tip on Saturday against Oral Roberts before opening a four-game home stand beginning Jan. 30.