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College Round-Up for Nov. 16

BASKETBALL

A-State downs Austin Peay

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — For the second straight game, four Arkansas State women’s basketball players scored in double-figures as the Red Wolves defeated Austin Peay 79-69 Friday at the Dunn Center.

Jane Morrill led all scored with 22 points as A-State erased a 10-point second half deficit to capture its seventh straight win over the Lady Governors.

Austin Peay led 49-39 with 14:17 to go in the game, but the Red Wolves went on 14-4 run over the next 4:29 to retake the lead at 55-53. After scoring just three points in the first half, Jalen O’Bannon caught fire and rattled off 10 points in the first 12 minutes of the final period.

O’Bannon scored 13 points on the night, while Hanna Qedan finished 12, including two 3-pointers. Aundrea Gamble was also in double-figures with 10 points, while Carlisha Wyatt led A-State with nine rebounds.

A-State returns to action Nov. 19 against UT-Martin.

Lions win Classic Opener

FORT SMITH — Four players scored in double-figures to lead the UAFS men’s basketball team to an 88-79 win against the Ouachita Baptist Tigers on Friday night in the annual Lions Classic at the Stubblefield Center.

UAFS (2-0) will play at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday against Henderson State (3-0), while OBU (2-1) will play at 4:30 p.m. against Rogers State in the classic finale.

Freshman guard Seth Youngblood led the Lions in scoring for the second consecutive game with 19 points, including five 3-pointers.

Junior guard Dusan Stojanovic, freshman guard Alex Cooper and junior guard Tramel White each had 14 points.

UAFS dominated the rebounding battle, out-rebounding OBU by 17 rebounds (51-34). White posted his first double-double of the season with 11 rebounds, while sophomore forward Kenny Martin just missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.

Junior guard Micah Delph led OBU with 23 points, while senior guard Eric Braeuer had 20 points and junior forward Colt Fason had 10 points.

Fason had a team-high eight rebounds.

VOLLEYBALL

UALR falls in five sets to Texas State

LITTLE ROCK — Both teams came from behind for close set wins, but UALR (20-9, 12-5 Sun Belt Conference) fell behind in the fifth and could not recover as Texas State (21-11, 11-6) claimed the 18-25, 25-21, 24-26, 26-24, 15-12 win Friday night in the final home match of the season.

The Trojans trailed 7-5 in the fifth when a kill from sophomore Sonja Milanovic placed junior Allison Wyatton serve. In what was a fitting final service rally in the Jack Stephens Center, Wyatt mixed up her serves and another Milanovic kill and Texas State error gave UALR the lead. Both teams sided out before two kills by Texas State’s Amari Deardorff gave the visitors an 11-9 advantage, a lead it would not relinquish. Texas State won the final frame by three and took the match 3-2.

Milanovic paced UALR with the double-double of 27 kills and 13 digs. Also playing her final match in Little Rock in her career, junior Marleen de Zoete added her third double-double of the season – the 14th in the career of the UALR all-time assists leader.

Freshman Kelsey Leech added a match-best 18 digs while UALR junior Edina Begic contributed 22 kills. Deardorff led the Bobcats with 18 kills.

UALR returns to action Sunday when it travels to Lafayette, La., to battle Louisiana.

A-State sweeps ULM

MONROE, La. — The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated ULM 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 27-25) at the ULM Activity Center Friday night in Monroe, La.

With A-State (13-19, 8-9 SBC) holding a 2-0 lead in the match, ULM (6-27, 2-15 SBC) came out strong in the third set by jumping out to an 8-3 lead that forced an Arkansas State timeout. The timeout didn’t stop ULM’s momentum as the Warhawks stretched its lead out to 10 at 17-7 before a 4-0 A-State run got the Red Wolves within six at 17-11.

The Red Wolves took the lead at 24-23 after a Sadie Clark kill, but the teams were locked up 25-25 before consecutive kills from A-State’s Clark and Kendal Davis gave the Red Wolves a 27-25 game three victory and a 3-0 match win over the Warhawks.

Davis led the Red Wolves in kills with 15, while Mallory Warrington handed out 38 assists to pace A-State offensively. Defensively, Megan Baska recorded 22 digs and Kelsey Sullivan registered six blocks, including two block solos, to lead Arkansas State.

The Red Wolves got off to a quick start in the first set by jumping out to a 15-10 lead after a block assist by Sullivan and Shelby Holmes. A-State stretched its lead out to nine points at 21-12 after a Sullivan solo block, but the Warhawks got within six points at 21-15 before a 4-2 ASU run clinched the 25-17 first set victory.

Arkansas State returns home for its last regular season match of the season against Texas State on Sunday.

CROSS COUNTRY

NCAA South Central Regional, Friday

Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, Waco, Texas

Cassar earns 7th at NCAA regional

University of Central Arkansas freshman Brooke Cassar turned in a seventh-place finish.

Cassar, from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, broke her own school record and finished in a time of 20:32.5. Cassar won the Southland Conference championship two weeks ago in Lake Charles, La., in a school-record 20:42.1.

UCA senior Erika Setzler of Conway, third at the SLC meet, finished 18th in a time of 21:06.3 on Friday to round out UCA’s runners finishing in the Top 25.

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville won the regional with 33 points.

UALR places 13th at regional

The UALR men’s cross country team took 13th place, scoring 317 points to better eight other schools in the race.

The Trojans came out on top of fellow Sun Belt schools ULM (16th, 429 points) and Arkansas State (19th, 483) while also defeating major-conference competition LSU (17th, 449).

George Gathuru was UALR’s top finisher in the 10-kilometer race hosted by Baylor, placing 35th in a time of 31:31.7. That time is the 11th-best in UALR history in the first competitive 10K of Gathuru’s Division I career.

UALR begins its track season at Arkansas State on Dec. 1.

UCA takes 11th, Limo grabs 17th

A Top 20 performance from senior Edward Limo pushed the University of Central Arkansas Bears to an 11th-place finish.

Limo, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, finished the 10K course 30:59.4, just one second off his school record set at last year’s regional.

Red Wolves finish in Top 10

The record-breaking season for the Arkansas State University women’s cross country team continues as the Red Wolves turned in a program-best ever eighth-place.

Arkansas State, which won its first-ever Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Championships (Nov. 2) title earlier this fall, would claim eighth place with 225 points in the 20-team 6K regional meet race to exceed the Red Wolves’ previous school-record ninth-place performance at the 2012 NCAA South Central Regional Championships in Fayetteville.

A-State, which was ranked 10th in the latest United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Central Region Rankings, would place 35 points in back of seventh-place Lamar (190 pts.) as Arkansas took first-place honors for the second straight season.

The A-State men’s team, which was coming off a program-record tying effort at the 2013 conference meet, also raced in the 10K regional championship meet and garnered 19th place among 21 schools with 483 team points. The Red Wolves would end up 29 points behind 18th-place UT-San Antonio’s 454 points output as Arkansas would win the regional title. The 21-team field represented the largest at least since 2000 as the South Central Region is comprised of 36 teams.

For the women, redshirt junior Kristina Aubert paced the Red Wolves by clocking a fourth-place and season-best tying 20:20.0 time which subsequently earned her all-region accolades for the second year in a row by virtue of notching a Top 25 individual finish. Aubert, a two-time (2012-13) first-team all-conference selection and 2013 conference meet medalist, will be making a return NCAA-I Championships appearance as a result of her noteworthy performance.

Sophomore Wil Norris was top finisher for the A-State men’s squad with a 64th-place time of 32:22.2.

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