Ramirez, White Earn Conference Honors
FORT SMITH — UAFS tennis players Chris Ramirez and Abby White each earned Heartland Conference honors this week for their performances against NCAA Division I University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Ramirez, a sophomore, was named Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, while White, a freshman, was named Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week.
UAFS swept UAPB on Thursday with the Lions winning 6-0 and the Lady Lions winning 5-1 in what was the spring season opener for UAFS.
Lions face conference leader Dustdevils
FORT SMITH — The UAFS men’s basketball team will look to make up some ground on its quest to capture its second consecutive Heartland Conference regular-season championship on Thursday night when it hosts conference leader Texas A&M International.
It will be a pivotal game for UAFS (15-4, 8-3), which was the preseason favorite to win the conference. The Lions have seven conference games remaining counting Thursday’s encounter with the Dustdevils (17-4, 10-1) and Saturday’s home game against St. Mary’s (15-4, 8-3), which is tied for second with the Lions.
Lady Lions host league-leading Dustdevils
FORT SMITH — Less than a week after playing the unofficial Heartland Conference leader, the UAFS women’s basketball team will host the official conference leader on Thursday night in the Texas A&M International Dustdevils.
The Lady Lions (6-14, 6-8) are coming off a 92-77 road loss to Lubbock Christian on Saturday at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas. Lubbock Christian (19-1, 14-0) is the unofficial conference leader, but because it is a provisional member of NCAA Division II, it is ineligible to compete for the conference championship or qualify for postseason play.
Tip-off for the Lady Lions will be 5:30 p.m. at the Stubblefield Center and the men’s tip-off begins at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KHGG-FM 103.1 and via the Internet at www.sportshog1031.com. Live statistics and webcast will be available by visiting Fan Central on the UAFS athletics website (www.uafortsmithathletics.com).
It will be “White Out the Stubb” Night at the Stubblefield Center. Fans are encouraged to show their support for the Lady Lions by wearing white t-shirts to the game. Also, the first 1,000 fans will receive a free white UAFS t-shirt.
Wonder Boys host back-to-back league contests
RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (12-7, 7-4 GAC) basketball team will host back-to-back conference matchups this week in Tucker Coliseum with a game against the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs (12-6, 9-3 GAC) on Thursday and another against the Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers (7-11, 4-8 GAC) on Saturday.
The games will be carried live on 100.9-FM (KWKK) in Russellville, and will be streamed online at www.arkansastechsports.com.
The Wonder Boys head into Thursday’s matchup after a win at home against Southern Nazarene on Saturday, February 1. The Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 1 in the Great American Conference and Wonder Boys head coach Doug Karleskint knows it will be a fight.
The Wonder Boys will host the last of their three-game home stand when they host the Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers on Saturday.
Thursday’s game is set for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off and Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. tip-off.
Golden Suns host conference matchups
RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns basketball team (9-8, 5-6 GAC) are set to host back-to-back conferences matches against the Southwestern Oklahoma State Lady Bulldogs (12-6, 9-3 GAC) on Thursday and the Northwestern Oklahoma State Lady Rangers (5-13, 5-7 GAC) on Saturday at Tucker Coliseum.
The Golden Suns will open play Thursday night against Southwestern Oklahoma with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.
Thursday’s game comes with extra benefits for the fan experience as it will be Petit Jean Bacon Night at Tucker Coliseum. Bacon will be cooked and served to all students and community for free. Students should swipe in at the “I Bleed Green and Gold Table.”
The Lady Bulldogs are currently 12-6 overall with a 9-3 conference record.
A-State wins in OT
JONESBORO — Jane Morrill’s 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime and Arkansas State went 5-of-6 from the free throw line in overtime as the Red Wolves defeated Western Kentucky 78-75 in overtime Wednesday night in a Sun Belt Conference matchup at the Convocation Center.
The Red Wolves trailed 65-60 with 1:25 remaining in regulation and cut the deficit to 67-64 with 25 seconds to play to setup Morrill’s game-tying 3-pointer from the top of the arc. The Lady Toppers had a look at the basket when Kendall Noble took a ‘3’ as time expired to send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, the Red Wolves (14-8, 8-2 SBC) outscored WKU 11-8, including four points on second chance opportunities, to send Arkansas State to its fourth straight victory over the Lady Toppers (14-7, 6-4).
Aundrea Gamble led A-State with 25 points on the night, including going 11-of-11 from the free throw line.
Hanna Qedan scored 16 points on the night. Morrill added 13 points to pace three Arkansas State players in double figures. Carlisha Wyatt added a game-high 11 rebounds, while Gamble had seven rebounds and six assists.
Arkansas State will return to the road for a match-up with Georgia on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m.
Golden Suns pick up another tournament
RUSSELLVILLE — The cancellation of this weekend’s Southeastern Regional Invitational in Durant, Okla. will not prevent the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns softball team from opening their 2014 season this weekend, as Tech will be one of nine teams to participate in this weekend’s “Hurry Up” Classic in Arkadelphia.
The Golden Suns will open play on Saturday, Feb. 8 against Central Missouri at 11 a.m., and will play Missouri Western immediately after, with both games taking place at Henderson State University.
On Feb. 9 Tech will open play at 9 a.m. against Missouri Western (at Henderson State’s campus), and will conclude play at 1 p.m. against Lincoln (at Ouachita Baptist).
The three-day event will be played with games on both OBU and HSU campuses on Saturday and Sunday. GAC members Arkansas-Monticello, Ouachita Baptist, and Henderson State will join Tech along with Missouri Western, Cameron, Lincoln, Central Missouri, and Christian Brothers.