UCA’s Miles earns first-team All-SLC honors
CONWAY — University of Central Arkansas guard LaQuentin Miles was named to the All-Southland Conference first team on Monday after leading the league in scoring this season.
Miles, a 6-foot-5 senior guard from Jacksonville, averaged 23.2 points per game to rank first in the conference by 1.5 points per game. He was also fourth in rebounding at 7.5 per game and 18th in assists at 2.8 per contest.
Miles became the 21st UCA player in history to surpass the 1,000-point mark in career scoring. He finished his three-year career with 1,289 points, 425 rebounds, 195 assists and 123 steals.
Miles, a third-team selection last season, scored in double figures in all 21 games he played this season, with 15 games over 20 points. He had a career-high 34 points in a win over Northwestern State on Feb. 6. In his career, Miles scored in double figures 62 times and had 10 double-doubles.
Over the final four games of the season, Miles averaged 26.3 points and 11.3 rebounds.
Former UALR standout signs contract with Cavaliers
LITTLE ROCK — Former UALR men’s basketball player Shane Edwards has signed a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced on Wednesday. Edwards spent two seasons at UALR from 2007-09, leading the Trojans to back-to-back Sun Belt Conference West Division Championships and a combined record of 43-19.
Edwards has appeared in 40 games (32 starts) for the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers’ exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, this season, averaging 13.3 points on 54.7 percent shooting and 5.5 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game. The 6-7, 220-pound forward has scored 15 or more points 15 times on the season, including in nine of his last 11 games, and has two double-doubles on the year.
A 2009 First Team All-Sun Belt selection, Edwards averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a senior to lead the Trojans to a 23-8 overall record and a 15-4 mark in league play.
UALR stifles Troy, advance to semifinals
NEW ORLEANS — For the seventh straight year, the UALR women’s basketball team will be moving on to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament semifinals.
Third-seeded UALR was in a tight contest with No. 6 Troy for much of its Wednesday-night tournament quarterfinal at Lakefront Arena, but UALR used a late first-half run to pull away and never lost its lead in a 66-54 win that seemed closer throughout than its final score would indicate.
UALR (18-11) will be back in action on Friday at 2:30 p.m. against second-seeded WKU at Lakefront Arena, while Troy (12-18) saw its year come to an end.
Shanity James had her second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds and also contributed a career-best four blocks. Senior Taylor Ford tallied a game-high 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and contributed four assists. Taylor Gault scored in double-figures as well, pouring in 14 points and pulling down five rebounds. Kiera Clark was also in double figures with 12 points and had a career-high seven assists.
Perhaps most impressive on the night was UALR’s defense, a unit that shut down the Sun Belt’s most prolific offense in Troy. All-Sun Belt First Team guard Joanna Harden – who entered the night fourth in the country with 25.7 points per game – was held to a season-low 10 points on Wednesday night. She made just three shots out of 15 and only went to the free-throw line four times.
This same Troy team scored 88 points on UALR just two weeks ago in Alabama, and the team’s 54 points Wednesday was more than 27 below their season average.
A-State advances to SBC semifinals
NEW ORLEANS — Fueled by a strong second half, the Arkansas State women’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Championship with a 78-69 victory over No. 8 Louisiana-Monroe 78-69 Wednesday afternoon at Lakefront Arena.
Jalen O’Bannon scored 13 of her season-high 21 points in the second half and the Red Wolves shot 52.2 percent from the field to pull away from the Warhawks. Aundrea Gamble added 15 points while Carlisha Wyatt scored 11 and Jane Morrill finished with 10 points.
The Red Wolves (21-10) are in the semifinals for the first time since 2010-11 and will play No. 4 Texas State at Noon on Friday. The game can be seen on the Sun Belt Network at online at SunBeltSports.org.
A-State led by five at halftime, but opened the second half on a 10-4 run to go up 48-35 at the first media timeout of the half. The Red Wolves found success by pushing the tempo and knocking down open shots as the team started 6-of-7 from the field to start the period.
Wonder Boys grab No. 18 ranking
RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech (16-5, 7-2 Great American Conference) continues to find itself nationally ranked, as the Wonder Boys sit as high as No. 18 in this week’s national polls.
Tech is ranked 18th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, and ranks 29th in the D2BaseballNews.com poll.
The national ranking comes ahead of a pivotal Great American Conference series at Tech Field, as the Wonder Boys play host to Arkansas-Monticello, currently ranked as high as No. 17 in national polls. The Wonder Boys sit alone in first place, just ahead of No. 3 Southern Arkansas, whose 9-3 GAC record has them percentage points behind the Wonder Boys.
The Boll Weevils (16-8, 7-5 GAC) sit alone in fourth place, but have dropped four of their last six, including two-of-three to Ouachita Baptist.
Meanwhile, the Wonder Boys have won four straight and six of eight, including a sweep of Southeastern Oklahoma last weekend in Durant, Okla. This weekend’s series sets up a two-week stretch where the Wonder Boys will face off against ranked opposition in conference series, as after this weekend’s matchup with the Boll Weevils, Tech travels to Magnolia to face Southern Arkansas.
First pitch for this Friday’s game at Tech Field with UAM is at 7 p.m., while Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.
HSU Baseball Sweeps Union
ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State ended a five-game losing streak as the Reddies swept a double-header from Union University 7-4 and 11-3, Tuesday at Clyde Berry Field.
Hunter Mayall led the Reddies going 4-for-5 with five runs batted in, a double and a home run, while Jared Aschbrenner went 3-for-3 in the second game and AJ Kruzel was 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the nightcap.
Henderson State (7-16) didn’t waste time getting on the board in the first inning in the opener as Mayall blasted a Chaz Wilson pitch over the right-field fence for a 3-run home run — his first home run of the year. The Reddies increased their lead to 7-0 in the fourth-inning scoring four runs on just one hit. Matt Evans belted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot during the frame.
Union (5-14) scored three runs in the fifth-inning, getting a RBI double from Wacey Russell and a two-run single by Brad Royer to make the score 7-3.
Jon Luthe pitched the first three innings and faced one batter above the minimum to get the win and improve to 1-4 on the year. The senior from Searcy struck out a pair of batters with the lone player to reach base being hit by a pitch.
Nick Vanthillo pitched the final inning and retired the side in order to pick up his second save of the year.
In the finale, Union scored three runs before the Reddies batted around in the fifth-inning.
Henderson State scored 11 runs on 8 hits in the inning with Kruzel having a two-run single early in the frame and another run-scoring single later in the inning.
Luke McGuire also had two hits in the inning including a RBI double and a single that plated a run, with Mayall adding had a two-run single.
Rob Thomas pitched 2 innings in relief to pick up his first win of the season.
Henderson State will begin a three-game Great American Conference series this weekend when the Reddies travel to Weatherford, Okla. to face Southwestern Oklahoma. The two teams will play a single game Friday beginning at 2 p.m. with a double-header set for Saturday at noon.
Lady Lions take second at Lion Invitational
FORT SMITH — Junior Molly Franks shot a 17-over 161 to lead the UAFS women’s golf team to a runner-up finish on Tuesday in the Texas A&M-Commerce Texoma Chevy Dealers Lion Invitational hosted by Tanglewood Resort in Pottsboro, Texas.
UAFS shot an 87-over 663 (341-322) during the two-round, two day event that featured 14 NCAA Division II, NAIA and junior college teams. The Lady Lions finished 20 strokes behind champion Cameron University, which shot a 67-over 643.
Franks shot rounds of 83 and 78 to finish ninth overall. Sophomore Mikayla Rosser shot a 22-over 166 (81-85) to finish tied for 14th. Senior Celeste Gish shot a 23-over 167 (88-79) to finish 17th. Other golfers included freshman Anne Stiles (T-29th) and junior Taylor Arnold (T-37th).
Cameron’s Katlyn Johnston shot an 11-over 155 (75-80) to earn medalist honors.