UALR opens spring with intercollegiate meet
LITTLE ROCK — The UALR men’s golf team begins its 2014 spring season this weekend at the sixth annual Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate presented by Cleveland/Srixon Golf at The Classic Club, a Troon Golf property, in Palm Desert, Calif. The three-day event begins Friday with tee times starting at 9:10 a.m. (CST).
The Classic Club features a par-72, 7,305-yard layout that played host to the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 2006-08.
The 2014 Desert Intercollegiate field will feature 23 teams and 13 individuals.
Last season at the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate, the Trojans moved up four spots over the final day to place 10th of 17 teams.
Senior Nick Zimmerman led the Trojans and ranked ninth in the Sun Belt with a scoring average of 73.0 in the 2013 fall season. UALR’s fall was highlighted by a victory at the Houston Baptist Husky Invitational in which Zimmerman and sophomore Matias Calderon tied for second with matching scores of 5-under par.
Lady Jets Hold Off Lady Lions
FORT SMITH — A late rally by the UAFS Lady Lions fell short on Thursday night as the Newman Lady Jets held on for a 56-53 Heartland Conference win at the Stubblefield Center.
Newman (15-10, 12-7) secured the regular-season sweep of UAFS (7-17, 7-11), which lost to the Lady Jets at Fugate Gymnasium earlier this season.
UAFS, which led 29-27 at halftime, trailed by as many as seven points with less than six minutes left in the game before mounting a methodical comeback attempt. The Lady Lions trimmed their deficit to two points (55-53) on a layup by sophomore center Blandine N’Goran with 37 seconds left.
The Lady Lions fouled Shakeira Copeland with one second left, and she made the first of the two-shot, free-throw attempt. She missed the second, which was rebounded by Lady Lions senior guard Destyni Howard as time expired.
N’Goran and freshman forward Justyne Huber lead UAFS with 14 points apiece and were the only Lady Lions to score in double-figures.
Copeland led the Lady Jets with 18 points, while sophomore forward Alexandra Ciabattoni had 13 and sophomore guard Brianna Caldwell had 12.
Ciabattoni topped off her double-double with 10 rebounds.
Golden Suns down Cotton Blossoms
MONTICELLO — Caroline Eubanks led all players with a season-high 24 points, and Danielle Frachiseur chipped in 10 points off the bench, as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns basketball team (14-8, 10-6 Great American Conference) took a 58-43 win over Arkansas-Monticello (6-17, 2-15 GAC) on Thursday night at Steelman Fieldhouse.
It was a back-and-forth first half that saw four ties and 12 lead changes, but after a 3-pointer by the Blossoms’ Nikki Mullen gave UAM a 22-21 lead at the 4:12 mark, the Golden Suns finished the half on a 7-0 run, once again with all points being scored by Eubanks, as Tech went into the break with a 28-22 lead.
Sophomore Tamia Grady was UAM’s only double-digit scorer with 11 points in 36 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Jordan Goforth and Mullen each added nine points in the loss.
The Golden Suns return to action on Saturday facing Southern Arkansas at Tucker Coliseum.
The Blossoms are on the road for the final time of the regular season this Saturday to take on Harding.
Celsor powers Harding to first league title
SEARCY — Senior forward Kristen Celsor scored 32 points to lead the fourth-ranked Harding women’s basketball team to a 67-39 Great American Conference victory over Southern Arkansas on Thursday. With the win, the Lady Bisons captured their first conference regular season title.
Celsor’s 32 points marks the fifth time this season she has scored over 30 points in a game which ties her with Kymm Alexander (1990-94) and Angie Dugger (1993-97) for the most in a season.
Harding led throughout the game as they jumped out to a 21-7 lead with 7:18 left in the first half. Southern Arkansas didn’t get any closer than 10 the rest of the way.
The Lady Bisons were led by junior forward Arielle Saunders who had 12 rebounds. Celsor captured her ninth double-double of the season with 10 rebounds.
Harding will be back in action on Saturday as they host Arkansas-Monticello at 5:30 p.m., in GAC action at the Rhodes Field House.
SAU drains treys, sink Harding
MAGNOLIA — Southern Arkansas made its first seven 3-point attempts in the second half and defeated Harding 81-77 on Thursday in Great American Conference action at the Watson Athletic Center.
Harding (12-11, 9-8) led 35-33 at halftime, but Southern Arkansas (11-12, 7-10) shot 59 percent in the second half and held on late for the victory.
The Bisons dropped into a tie with Arkansas-Monticello for fourth place in the conference standings. The Muleriders are seventh among the eight tournament-eligible teams.
Hayden Johnson led Harding with 24 points. He was 8-of-16 from the field. Will Francis scored 15 points, and Jacob Gibson and Blake McNair had 13 each.
Nemo Sanchez made 6-of-7 3-point attempts and led Southern Arkansas with 18 points.
Second half dooms Arkansas Tech
MONTICELLO — Marshawn Arnold scored 10 points, while Kendell Pinkney grabbed five rebounds with four assists, but the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (16-8, 11-5 Great American Conference) were unable to overcome a red-hot second half by the University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils (16-9, 9-8 GAC), dropping a 70-49 decision to the Weevils on Thursday at Steelman Fieldhouse.
The Boll Weevils took advantage of nine Tech turnovers while only committing four to hold a 11-3 advantage in points off turnovers, while leading in points in the paint 14-12.
In the second half, Arkansas-Monticello opened the half on a 24-2 run, with a scoreless drought of 7:52 between Nick Wayman’s free throw at the 19:08 mark and Bobby Hatchett’s free throw at the 11:16 mark.
The Wonder Boys did not get their first field goal of the half until the 9:01 mark, slowing UAM’s momentum, however, the damage was done and UAM held on for the victory.
UAM’s Brandon Wilson led all scorers with 21 points. Four other Weevils reached double-digits in scoring. Junior Tre Wells added 13 points in 21 minutes off the bench, senior Brandon Sims and junior Kenric McCants each had 12 points, and senior Jared Harrison chipped in with 10 points.
The Wonder Boys return to action on Saturday facing Southern Arkansas at Tucker Coliseum. The Weevils are set for their final regular season road trip this Saturday to face off against Harding.