Dustdevils whirl past Lady Lions
FORT SMITH — Texas A&M International held UAFS to a season-low 15 points in the first half of Thursday’s Heartland Conference game, and the Lady Lions never recovered from that early scoring drought.
The Dustdevils held the Lady Lions to 27-percent shooting for the game on their way to a 72-45 win at the Stubblefield Center.
Texas A&M International (16-4, 12-2) kept its grip on first place in the conference and swept the regular-season series with UAFS (6-15, 6-9), which lost its second consecutive game and fell farther behind in its quest for one of the four spots in the conference tournament.
Freshman forward Justyne Huber led the Lady Lions with 13 points and was the only UAFS player to score in double-figures. Huber topped off her double-double with 11 rebounds, but the Lady Lions lost the rebounding battle by seven rebounds (42-35).
Golden Suns outshine Southwestern Oklahoma
RUSSELLVILLE — Sophomore Caroline Eubanks scored a team season-high 23 points, while freshman Anissa Pounds added 18 points as Arkansas Tech (10-8, 6-6 GAC) defeated Southwestern Oklahoma (12-7, 9-4 GAC) 78-54 Thursday night at Tucker Coliseum.
The Golden Suns will host Northwestern Oklahoma on Feb. 8 at Tucker Coliseum.
Lady Bisons pick up 20th win
SEARCY - The sixth-ranked Harding women’s basketball team collected its 20th win of the season as the Lady Bisons defeated Northwestern Oklahoma 73-52 on Thursday in Great American Conference action. Harding improved to 20-1 overall and 12-1 in the GAC.
It is only the seventh time in school history Harding has won 20 games. The last time was during the 2008-09 season when Harding went 20-10. The most wins in a season came in 1996-97 when Harding went 26-4.
Harding was led by junior guard Shana Holmes who hit four of the Lady Bisons’ 10 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 14 points. Senior guard Deshelle Isaac-Boyce came off the bench and scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half.
Junior forward Arielle Saunders grabbed 10 of Harding’s 42 rebounds. It was the ninth time this season she has had 10 or more rebounds.
Harding will be back in action on Feb. 8 as it hosts Southwestern Oklahoma at 2 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs are currently tied with Southeastern Oklahoma for second place in the GAC standings.
Blossom rally falls short in road loss
DURANT, Okla. — The University of Arkansas at Monticello (5-15, 1-13, GAC) outscored Southeastern Oklahoma State 14-2 in the final four minutes of the second half, but a 20-point deficit earlier in the half proved to be too much to overcome in a 68-63 loss to the Savage Storm (12-7, 9-4) on Thursday night inside Sullivan Arena.
The first half featured nine lead changes with UAM leading by as many as seven points after opening the game with seven straight points in the first three minutes.
Jordan Goforth tied Southeastern’s Emily Williams for the game-high in scoring with 22 points each.
The Blossoms are back in action on Feb. 8 on the road against East Central.
Lady Reddies unable to pass Southern Nazarene
BETHANY, Okla. — Henderson State (12-8, 7-7 GAC) could not overcome a stellar second half shooting performance by Southern Nazarene (9-10, 6-7) as the Crimson Storm beat the Lady Reddies 95-87 on Thursday.
The Crimson Storm led by as many as 19 points in the second half, but Henderson State was able to cut the deficit to within 6 points late, but could not get any closer.
In the highest scoring game of the year, five Lady Reddies scored in double-figures led by Aungelique Sledge’s 23 points and nine rebounds.
Tiara Davis followed with 18 points and six rebounds with Jasmine Settles having 12 points.
Also scoring in double-figures was Dulincia Keener with 11 points and Vanessa Pieper having 10 points.
Henderson State returns home Feb. 13 to face first-place Harding with tip-off set for 5:30 at the Duke Wells Center.