UAM begins spring practice March 11
MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team opens its month-long spring practice schedule on March 11 ending with the annual Green-White Spring Game on April 11.
All practices are open to the public. Practices will be held at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium, inside the Indoor Practice Facility or at the practice field behind Bankston Hall.
Scrimmage games will be held on March 20 at 6 p.m. and April 4 at 3:30 p.m.
Lady Bison blanks LeMoyne-Owen
MEMPHIS — The Harding women’s tennis team, ranked No. 9 in the ITA Central Region Rankings, blanked LeMoyne-Owen 9-0 at the Bellevue Tennis Center.
The Lady Bisons improved to 3-2 on the season and meet Delta State on Saturday in a neutral site matchup in Arkadelphia, Ark. LeMoyne-Owen, who had only five players and forfeited points at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles, fell to 0-2.
The Lady Bisons won the two remaining doubles matches. Lauren Doversola and Kaleigh Wagner improved to 2-1 as a doubles team with an 8-2 victory at No. 1. Katie Huff and Maria Moreno teammed for the first time this season and won 8-0 at No. 2.
In singles action, Arielle Butler won 6-0, 6-1 playing at No. 1 for the first time. Freshman Kaylie Brown made her collegiate debut and won 6-2, 7-5 at No. 5 singles.
Warriors down ‘Roos
CONWAY — The Hendrix College women’s tennis team defeated Austin College 7-2 at the Hendrix Tennis Courts on Friday afternoon.
With the win, the Warriors improve to 3-2 on the season, already passing last year’s win total of two. The ‘Roos fall to 0-4 on the year
Hendrix won four of the five singles matches played, with freshman Pratheepa Ravikumar defeating Sophie McDonald 6-1, 6-4 at number. Junior Hannah Smashey defeated Kate Willis 6-1, 6-2 in number three singles and freshman Lauren Mahaney topped Aardra Venkatchalam 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth spot. Senior Saranya Prathibha downed Anamariia Khevali 6-3, 6-3 at number five singles.
The Warriors picked up two points - one in singles and one doubles - by default. Smashey and sophomore Madison Schallhorn defeated Cierra White and Willis 8-6 in second doubles. Austin eeked out a win in number one doubles when McDonald and Khevali defeated Ravikumar and Mahaney 9-7.
Hendrix will open Southern Athletic Association play at home on Sunday morning when they host Rhodes College.
Austin tops Hendrix
CONWAY — The Hendrix College men’s tennis team lost to Austin College 6-3 at the Hendrix Indoor Tennis Center Friday night.
The Warriors fall to 1-3 overall, while the ‘Roos move to 2-3.
Austin swept through doubles with David Smith and Jack Kunde needing a tiebreaker to defeat Hendrix freshman duo Karthik Garimella and Ian McVinney 9-7 (8-6) in the second flight.
The Warriors picked up three wins in singles competition. Junior Robert Sheets won the number one match-up over Adam Dokos 6-3, 6-2. Garimella needed a tiebreaker to defeat Spencer Gander 7-6, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7) in number four singles. Freshman Zach Villemez also won for Hendrix in number five singles, topping David Smith 6-4, 6-2.
Hendrix will open Southern Athletic Association play on Sunday when they host Rhodes College.
Centre defeats Hendrix
DANVILLE, Ky. — Hendrix College (11-13, 5-8) suffered an 81-38 loss at Centre College (16-8, 10-3) on Friday night.
With one game left in the regular season, Hendrix sits in a tie for fifth place with Berry. The Warriors play at last-place Sewanee on Sunday, while the Vikings take on fourth-place Birmingham-Southern on the road.
Centre secured the second seed for next weekend’s SAA Tournament to be played in Memphis, Tenn.
Sophomore guard Estrella Flores led Hendrix with a season-high nine points and three steals. Senior center Jamie Tate had eight points and eight rebounds.
Beachum sets HSU record in 2OT
ARKADELPHIA — Krystal Beachum scored a record 41 points as Henderson State upset Southwestern Oklahoma State 101-97 in double-overtime at the Duke Wells Center.
Beachum was 15-of-29 from the field and 9-of-13 from the foul line to set the HSU and GAC single game scoring record.
Kathy Comeaux held the previous HSU record of 39 points set on January 4, 1994 against Texas A&M Commerce, while the previous GAC record was also 39 points by Natalia Santos of Arkansas Tech on Nov. 26, 2011 against St. Edward’s.
Henderson State (13-10, 8-9 GAC) ended a five-game losing skid in the process. Southwestern Oklahoma dropped to 14-9 overall and 11-6 in the GAC.
Beachum may have been the star of the game, but she had a strong supporting cast.
Taylor Washington scored 14 points and was 7-of-9 from the foul line, while Vanessa Pieper scored 13 points.
Dulincia Keener also had a huge night scoring 12 points while crashing the boards for 15 key rebounds.
Aungelique Sledge was limited to nine points but pulled down seven rebounds and had seven steals with three leading to break-away baskets.
Miranda Dubberly hit a pair of 3-point field goals and ended the evening with 6 points while having a career-best 10 rebounds.
Henderson State will play its final home game of the season on Saturday when the Lady Reddies play host to Northwestern Oklahoma at the Duke Wells Center.
Beachum, who has 957 points in her three-year career at Henderson, will be playing her final game at the Duke Wells Center. The senior from Mexia, Texas, will be honored following today’s game.
Colonels down Warriors
DANVILLE, Ky. — The Hendrix College men’s basketball team lost to first place Centre College 71-55 in Southern Athletic Association play at Alumni Gymnasium Friday night.
With the loss, the Warriors fall to 10-14 overall and 4-9 in the league, tied for sixth place with Millsaps. The Colonels improve to 19-4 and 12-1 and will host the SAA Tournament next weekend as the top seed.
Hendrix takes on fifth-place Sewanee on the road on Sunday in the regular season finale and Millsaps will host second-place Oglethorpe.
Junior forward Luke Vance led the Warriors with 15 points to go with seven rebounds. Senior forward Colton Primm had 13 points and 11 boards for his seventh double-double of the year. Sophomore guard John Ogle scored six points off the bench, while freshmen Aaron Steele and Gearen Littlefield each chipped in five. Freshman guard Travis Garrett made a three-pointer and dished out three assists.
Reddis fall in 2OT
ARKADELPHIA — The Henderson State Reddies attempted to duplicate what the Lady Reddies accomplished earlier in the evening, but unlike the women’s game, it was the Southwestern Oklahoma that came out on top defeating the Reddies 79-74 in double-overtime.
It was Henderson’s second overtime game of the week as the Reddies (11-14, 7-10) won on Monday night against Harding.
Southwestern Oklahoma (15-8, 12-5 GAC) got a 20-point, 13 rebound performance from Gary Inglett with Rod Camphor adding 19 points.
Five Reddies scored in double-figures led by Taylor Smith’s 21 points and 8 rebounds.
Reggie Murphy totaled 16 points and 8 boards, while Deoirvay Johnson scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Also scoring in double-figures were Charles Wesley and Melvin Haynes totaling 10 points each.
Henderson State will play its final home game of the season when the Reddies play host to Northwestern Oklahoma with tip-off set for 4 p.m. at the Duke Wells Center.
A special ceremony recognizing Reddie seniors Aaron Harwell, Deoirvay Johnson and Melvin Haynes will take place prior to the game.