Southeastern gets past Blossoms
MONTICELLO – Sophomore Tamia Grady had 22 points to lead the University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team in a 75-61 loss to Southeastern Oklahoma State on Saturday at home.
The Blossoms (5-6, 1-4 Great American Conference) held a lead as much as four points midway through the first half, but a four minute stretch without a made field goal sent the Savage Storm (7-3, 4-0 GAC) into the locker room at the break with a 39-25 lead. Southeastern nearly doubled UAM’s field goal total in the first half at 17-9 made shots.
Other than Grady’s game-high 22 points, Nikki Mullen finished the game with 13 points and sophomore Jordan Goforth added 12.
The Blossoms are back in action on Jan. 9 at Southern Nazarene.
Lady Reddies win sixth striaght
ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State extended its winning streak to six games as the Lady Reddies beat Southern Nazarene 86-71 on Saturday.
Henderson State (8-2, 3-1 GAC) remained undefeated at home winning its fifth game of the season at the Duke Wells Center.
Aungelique Sledge ended the game with a career-high 36 points and tied a Henderson State record for 3-point field goals made with seven. Sledge was 7-for-7 from beyond the arc setting a HSU record for 3-point field goal percentage in a game.
Krystal Beachum scored 15 points and pulled down five rebounds, while Vanessa Pieper totaled 12 points.
Henderson State will next travel to Searcyon Jan. 9 to face Harding.
UALR scoring run leads to win
ARLINGTON, Texas – The UALR women’s basketball team had a much-needed offensive outburst in the first half of its game at UT Arlington and rode a 17-0 run to a 64-57 victory at College Park Center on Saturday night.
Despite an 11-point lead at halftime and a 15-point advantage in the middle of the second half, the Trojans (6-6, 1-1 Sun Belt Conference) needed to fight off a rally by the Mavericks (1-12, 0-2) to secure the victory.
Taylor Gault, coming into the game off the bench, had a game-high 20 points including nine by halftime. Kiera Clark brought down 10 rebounds and just missed a double-double with nine points. Hannah Fohne reached 12 points, scoring in double figures for the first time since Jan. 26, 2013. Taylor Ford also scored 11 points and dished out a team-high seven assists. OF the team’s 64 points, came off the bench.
Besides the three scorers in double digits and Clark’s nine points, UALR got four points each from Shanity James, Kaitlyn Pratt and Sharde’ Collins.
UALR returns home on Wednesday night for its first Sun Belt Conference game at the Jack Stephens Center this season.
Harding pulls out close one
ALVA, Okla. — Junior guard Tabitha Haney hit a free throw with 16 seconds left as the 12th-ranked Harding (12-0, 4-0 GAC) went onto a 76-75 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma on Saturday in Great American Conference action.
Junior guard Montana Lewis led Harding with a season-high 20 points hitting 7-of-9 from the field and two 3-pointers. Senior forward Kristen Celsor scored 16 and freshman guard A’ndrea Haney scored a career-high 12 points also making two 3-pointers. Haney also had a career-high eight assists.
With the win, Harding tied the 2008-09 squad as that team opened the season 12-0. The Lady Bisons will be looking to tie the best start in program history (1996-97 team) next Thursday as they host Henderson State.
Warriors defeat Centenary
CONWAY — Hendrix (6-6) wrapped up their non-conference schedule by downing Centenary College (0-9) of Louisiana 81-69 at Grove Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. The victory was the third straight for the Warriors.
Freshman guard Taylor Neal led the Warriors with 16 points to go with two assists, two blocks and a steal. Freshman forward Anna King came off the bench for 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Sophomore point guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler added 11 points and dished out a career-high 10 assists, tied for the fourth most in school history. Freshman guard Melanie Martin scored a season-best 10 points and senior center Jamie Tate had nine points, 11 boards and two steals. Sophomore forward Katy Gallien chipped in seven points.
Hendrix will resume Southern Athletic Association play on Friday.
Golden Suns fall to third straight loss
WEATHERFORD, Okla. – Jacinda Myers-Sanders had a 22-point, 10-rebound effort, Caroline Eubanks led all players with 13 boards, and Cara Neighbors added 12 points, but the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns basketball team (6-4, 2-2 GAC) could not overcome the long-range attack of Southwestern Oklahoma (6-4, 2-2 GAC), falling 89-71 to the Lady Bulldogs on Saturday at Rankin Williams Fieldhouse.
SWOSU took advantage of 22 Golden Suns turnovers, holding a 28-14 advantage on points off turnovers and a 14-9 advantage in second-chance points.
Arkansas Tech will return to action on Jan. 9 when the Golden Suns host Ouachita Baptist at Tucker Coliseum.