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College Round-Up: Women’s Basketball for Feb. 9

Golden Suns roll past Northwestern

RUSSELLVILLE — Sophomore Caroline Eubanks led all players with 18 points, junior Jacinda Myers-Sanders added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and freshman Anissa Pounds added 13 points as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (11-8, 7-6 GAC) rolled past the Northwestern Oklahoma State Lady Rangers (5-15, 5-9 GAC) 70-46 Saturday afternoon at Tucker Coliseum.

The Golden Suns took possession of the ball at the start of the game and after a good jumper from Eubanks, the Golden Suns made the first basket. The Lady Rangers responded with a jumper tying the score 2-2. Tech would make the score 5-2 before Northwestern tied it up again.

The Golden Suns will travel to Arkadelphia on Feb. 13 to play Ouachita Baptist.

East Central defeats UAM

ADA, Okla. – The East Central Lady Tigers took advantage of its home court and tallied twice as many made field goals to defeat the University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball by a final score of 70-51 on Saturday afternoon.

East Central (15-6, 10-5 GAC) held UAM to just five made field goals in the second half after limiting the Blossoms to nine in the first half.

After trailing by 11 points at halftime, UAM (5-16, 1-14 GAC) was unable to trim its deficit back to single digits throughout the final 20 minutes. ECU reached its largest lead of 19 points in the final minute of regulation.

UAM sophomore Nikki Mullen led all scorers with 19 points on a 5-for-7 shooting performance, including UAM’s only two made three-pointers on four attempts. Junior Brandae Carroll also reached double digits with 10 points.

The Blossoms return home for four out its final five contests of the regular season, starting Feb. 15 against Southern Nazarene.

Celsor helps lead No. 6 Harding past Southwestern Oklahoma

SEARCY — Senior forward Kristen Celsor scored 25 points and had 13 rebounds to lead No. 6 Harding (21-1, 13-1) over Southwestern Oklahoma 89-74 on Saturday in Great American Conference action. The Lady Bisons improved to 21-1 overall and 13-1 in the GAC.

It was Harding’s 14th straight home win dating back to last season. It is the second longest winning streak at home in school history. Harding won 16 straight from 1995-96.

It was Celsor’s eighth double-double of the season and the 15th in her career. Celsor needed two rebounds before the game to get to 700 in her career. She now ranks seventh all-time at Harding with 711.

Junior forward Arielle Saunders had 14 points and tied a season high with 15 rebounds. It was the fifth time this season she has had 15 rebounds.

Southwestern Oklahoma (12-8, 9-5 GAC) was led by Fisher who had 29 points.

Harding will be back in action on Thursday as they head to Arkadelphia to face Henderson State at 5:30 p.m.

A-State earns key win at Georgia State

ATLANTA, Ga. — Arkansas State picked up a key Sun Belt Conference road victory with a 80-75 win at Georgia State (10-12, 6-4) Saturday afternoon at the GSU Sports Arena.

Jane Morrill led four A-State players in double figures with a game-high 22 points, while Hanna Qedan scored points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Jalen O’Bannon recorded the fourth double-double of her career with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Aundrea Gamble finished with 11 points on the afternoon.

The win moves the Red Wolves (15-8, 9-2 SBC) the squad 1.5 game lead in the SBC standings over Texas State.

Arkansas State will return to the road for a matchup with South Alabama on Feb. 12.

UALR edge WKU

LITTLE ROCK – Led offensively by junior Taylor Gault and defensively by Hannah Fohne’s record-breaking performance, UALR defeated WKU 58-51 in the Jack Stephens Center on Saturday afternoon.

Gault poured in a game-high 22 points and reached the 20-point plateau for the eighth time in the last 10 games. Fohne blocked three shots to give her 105 in her career, setting a new school record that stood at 103 before the day began.

The Trojans (11-10, 6-5 Sun Belt Conference), who lost at WKU (14-8, 6-5) in January by 26 points, avenged that loss and defending an impressive home-court streak. UALR is now 6-0 in Little Rock in Sun Belt play this season and 9-1 on home court overall. The team has won its last six home games.

Kiera Clark was the team’s next highest scorer with 10 points and also had nine rebounds, just missing a double-double.

The Trojans will be back on the hardwood on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. when they travel to Louisiana.

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