Golden Suns tame Tigers
ARKADELPHIA — Caroline Eubanks had a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double, Anissa Pounds turned in a 16-point, seven-assist contest, Jacinda Myers-Sanders added 15 points and seven boards, while Krisztina Velkey had 12 points as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (12-8, 8-6 Great American Conference) used one of its top defensive halves of the season to tame the Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers (6-15, 4-11 GAC), taking a 71-55 victory on Thursday at Vining Arena.
The Lady Tigers controlled the pace in the early going, opening up an early 8-4 lead two minutes into the game. The Golden Suns rallied to take a lead, going ahead 11-10 on a Eubanks layup, before OBU’s Allie Brown buried a 3-pointer at the 15:01 mark to pull the Lady Tigers ahead 13-11.
The Golden Suns will return to action on Saturday hosting Henderson State at Tucker Coliseum.
Harding roll past Henderson State
ARKADELPHIA — No. 6 Harding defeated Henderson State 91-74 on Thursday in Great American Conference action. The Lady Bisons improved to 22-1 on the season and 14-1 in the GAC.
Junior guard Shana Holmes, junior forward Arielle Saunders and senior forward Kristen Celsor combined for 56 of Harding’s 91 points. Holmes had 19 points, Saunders captured her third straight double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds and Celsor hit 8-of-13 field goals and had two 3-pointers finishing with 18 points.
After leading 38-32 at halftime, Harding went on a 23-3 run to open the second half, led by Holmes who hit four 3-pointers.
Henderson State (12-9, 7-8 GAC) was led by Krystal Beachum who had 22 points. Jamine Settles scored 20, making four 3-pointers and GAC leading scorer Aungelique Sledge had 18 points.
Harding will be back in action on Saturday as they host Ouachita Baptist at 5:30 p.m., at the Rhodes Field House.
UALR snap road-loss string
LAFAYETTE, La. – After four consecutive losses on the road, the UALR women’s basketball team finally broke the streak Wednesday night at Louisiana.
A strong performance from freshmen Sharde’ Collins and Keanna Keys – who tied and set career highs in points – helped boost UALR to a 63-57 victory at the Cajun Dome.
Kiera Clark was the team’s high scorer with 14 points and had eight rebounds, while Collins tied her career high with 10 points and Keys added 10 of her own to break her previous career high by one. Collins was 5 of 6 from the field while contributing three assists and two rebounds.
Shanity James also scored 10 while adding six rebounds. Hannah Fohne scored nine and led the team with nine rebounds. Six of the Trojans’ seven scorers on the night had at least nine points.
UALR (12-10, 7-5 Sun Belt Conference) had not won a road game since Jan. 4 at UT Arlington, but it never trailed against Louisiana (10-13, 3-9) after the game’s first 30 seconds. The Trojans led by at least five points for the entire second half, though the Cajuns threatened a bit with 3-pointers including one at the final buzzer to make it a six-point victory instead of nine.
With one win in The Bayou State behind them, the Trojans stay in Louisiana for the next three days before taking on ULM on Saturday at noon looking for a road trip sweep.
Patriots stun Lions in double OT
FORT SMITH — UAFS saw its two-game winning streak snapped on Thursday night with a heartbreaking 85-79 double-overtime loss to the Dallas Baptist Patriots in Heartland Conference play at The Burg Center in Dallas.
UAFS (17-5, 10-4), however, remained in second place in the conference, and the Lions stayed within one game of conference leader Texas A&M International (18-5, 11-2), which was upset by Lubbock Christian 75-66 on Thursday.
The Lions settled for a split in the regular-season series with the Patriots, who lost 74-56 on Jan. 4 at the Stubblefield Center.
UAFS led for the most of the first three minutes of the second overtime. Jason Gentry, though, hit the second of two free throws with 1:40 left to break a 78-all tie and put the Patriots ahead for good.
Dallas Baptist held UAFS without a field goal the final three minutes, and the only points UAFS scored in that span was a free throw by senior guard Xavier McClish with 1:04 left that cut the Patriots’ lead to two points (81-79).
Jake Toupal led UAFS with 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Kenny Martin had 15 points, and senior forward Bo Franklin had 10.
Martin and freshman forward LJ Ross each had seven rebounds to lead UAFS, which dominated the rebounding battle by 16 rebounds (47-31).
Wonder Boys hold off Tigers
ARKADELPHIA — Tyler Friedel scored a career-high 35 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the 3-point line, Clarke Overlander scored 15 points off the bench, going 4-of-4 from 3-point range, and Marshawn Arnold added a 14-point effort as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (15-7, 10-4 Great American Conference) held off a late rally by the Ouachita Baptist Tigers (7-13, 4-10 GAC), winning 86-80 on Thursday at Vining Arena.
The Wonder Boys will return to action on Saturday playing Henderson State at Tucker Coliseum.
Faulty scoreboard suspends Harding-Henderson State game
ARKADELPHIA — The men’s game between Harding and Henderson State on Thursday at the Duke Wells Center was postponed when game officials could not get the scoreboard to work correctly.
Harding’s women won the first game 91-74, but when the scoreboard was turned off between games, it never came back on.
There was a delay of almost an hour before game officials decided to postpone the game.
A makeup date will be determined soon by Great American Conference officials and the teams’ head coaches.
UCA falls to A&M-Corpus Christi
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (12-14, 9-4) did not make as many free throws as the University of Central Arkansas did on Thursday night, but it made enough of the ones it needed down the stretch to pull away for an 84-73 victory in Southland Conference play at the American Bank Center.
UCA, which fell to 6-17 overall and 3-9 in league play, shot a stellar 81 percent from the line (17 of 21), but the Islanders hit 9 of 15 at the line in the final 4:55 to break open what was a one-point game, 71-70, with five minutes remaining. UCA had four costly turnovers in that same span and was forced to foul A&M-CC.
LaQuentin Miles, a senior guard from Jacksonville, finished with a game-high 25 points, hitting 9 of 11 at the free-throw line. It was Miles’ 11th game to score at least 20 points this season in 15 outings. Freshman guard DuShaun Rice added 13 points for the Bears, hitting 3 of 6 from three-point range.
The Bears continue their road swing on Saturday at Houston Baptist.
A-State routs South Alabama
MOBILE, Ala. — Senior guard Melvin Johnson III poured in a game-high 24 points as Arkansas State University routed South Alabama 85-61 Thursday evening in Sun Belt Conference (SBC) men’s basketball action at USA’s Mitchell Center in Mobile, Ala.
Four players scored double figures for Arkansas State, which won its third straight in improving to 14-8 overall and 7-4 in conference play. Johnson III extended his double-digit points streak to five and chalked up at least 20 points for the fourth time in his current scoring string. Besides Johnson III, the Red Wolves received 17 points from senior forward Kirk Van Slyke along with 12 points apiece from senior forward Kendrick Washington and senior guard Brandon Reed.
The Red Wolves will go for their fourth win in a row this Saturday night versus the UL Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in Lafayette, La.
UALR falls in double OT at Louisiana
LAFAYETTE, La. — UALR (12-13, 7-6 SBC) rallied from a 19-point deficit to force two overtime periods, but Louisiana (16-9, 7-5 SBC) pulled away with an 8-0 run in the second extra frame to win 93-87 Thursday evening at the Cajundome. UALR was forced to finish the game with four players after injuries and foul trouble depleted the Trojan squad.
Already without seniors Will Neighbour and Leroy Isler due to injuries, sophomore Kemy Osse went down in the first half and five other UALR players fouled out before the end of the second overtime period. Freshman Maurius Hill, who scored a career-best 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, was the final Trojan to foul out and forced the team to play the final 10 seconds with four players.
Sophomore Josh Hagins led all scorers with a career-best 24 points to go along with eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. DeVonte Smith added 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting while junior Ben Dillard added 10 points to give UALR four players in double figures. Sophomore Stetson Billings made his second career start and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds.
UALR will return to action on Saturday when it takes on ULM in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.