GAC announces players of the week
RUSSELLVILLE — Henderson State’s Aungelique Sledge and Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Kamera Bozeman shared the Great American Conference’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor while Harding’s Hayden Johnson earned the men’s award for their performances during the ninth week of the 2013-14 regular season.
GAC CO-WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Kamera Bozeman, Northwestern Oklahoma State, C, Fr., Sherill.
Kamera Bozeman led the Lady Rangers to their first victory of the year, a 70-65 win against reigning GAC champion Arkansas Tech. She recorded 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added four rebounds. Against No. 12 Harding, she added 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting. She grabbed five rebounds against the Lady Bisons.
GAC CO-WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Aungelique Sledge, Henderson State, G, Jr., West Helena.
Sledge scored career-high 36 points and tied an HSU record with seven made 3-point field goals. She went a perfect 7-for-7 from the 3-point arc. The 36 points represented the second-highest single-game total in the three-year history of the GAC. She totaled 24 of her points in the first half. She added 12 rebounds and four steals in the victory.
GAC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Hayden Johnson, Harding, F, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.
Johnson led Harding in scoring against both Southwestern Oklahoma State and Northwestern Oklahoma State. He averaged 24.5 points, shot 60.9 percent from the floor and went 5-for-9 on 3-point tries. Johnson has led the Bisons in scoring in all four GAC games this year. He led Harding to its first two-game Oklahoma road sweep in the Bisons’ three seasons in the GAC.
Neal earns SAA weekly player honors
CONWAY — Hendrix College freshman guard Taylor Neal was named the Southern Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.
Neal, from Brady, Texas, led the Warriors with 13.0 points and 2.0 blocks per game as Hendrix won a pair of games during the week. In last Monday’s win against Schreiner, Neal scored 10 points and had a rebound, an assist and two blocks. In Saturday’s victory over Centenary, Neal led the team with 16 points to go with four boards, two assists, two blocks and a steal. She also shot 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from the field and was 2-of-3 from outside. For the week, Neal shot 52.4 percent overall (11-of-21) and was 3-for-6 from three-point range.
Neal and Hendrix will take on Oglethorpe University in conference play in Grove Gymnasium on Friday.
OBU top Blue Mountain College
ARKADELPHIA — Senior guard Nashia James recorded game highs with 19 points and 9 rebounds and freshman post player Katie Kapler shot 6-7 from the field and 5-6 from the free-throw line to score a season high 17 points in the Lady Tigers 82-52 win over the Lady Toppers of Blue Mountain College. It was the second win in four games for 2-8 Ouachita Baptist.
Freshman Joy Okeke was a spark of the bench on both sides of the court in the second half, scoring seven points and pulling down three boards. She finished the game with a season high nine points.
The Lady Tigers return to conference play this Thursday when they travel to Russellville to take on Arkansas Tech.
Bruins come back against Warriors
CONWAY — The Hendrix College men’s basketball lost to Open Bible College 81-76 in their final non-conference game of the season at Garrison Court on Sunday afternoon.
Despite leading 51-34 at halftime, the Warriors (6-6) were outscored 47-25 by the Bruins (2-21) in the second half.
Warrior senior forward Colton Primm recorded his second consecutive double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds, nine offensive. Sophomore guard Hank Aldous had 18 points, knocking down four three-pointers, and five boards. Junior forward Luke Vance had 14 points and six rebounds and sophomore guard Alec Conard came off the bench to score eight. Sophomore point guard Jordan Taulton tied his career-high with eight points to go with three assists. Sophomore Jordan Barrett had a career-high five assists as well as six points.
Hendrix will resume Southern Athletic Association play when they host Oglethorpe University on Friday night.