BASKETBALL

UT-Tyler downs Hendrix

TYLER, Texas — The Hendrix College women’s basketball team lost to the University of Texas at Tyler 98-57 at the Herrington Patriot Center on Saturday afternoon.

The host Patriots (2-1) led 46-32 at halftime and outscored the Warriors (1-3) 52-25 in the second half.

Senior center Jamie Tate led the Orange & Black with 12 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the year. Freshman guard Taylor Neal scored nine points and freshman point guard Melanie Martin came off the bench to score eight.

Brittany King led the Patriots with 18 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Hendrix will host Austin College on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Lions rout No. 10 RiverHawks

FORT SMITH — It had the makings of an epic hardwood battle, but it turned into a rather anti-climactic runaway.

The UAFS Lions (5-0) used their potent up-tempo offense and pressure defense to rout the No. 10 Northeastern State RiverHawks 83-49 on Saturday in a battle of unbeaten teams at the Stubblefield Center.

It was the first game in the series between the interstate rivals.

Junior guard Tramel White led five Lions scoring in double-figures with 16 points. Senior guard Jake Toupal and freshman guard Seth Youngblood scored 12 points apiece – the duo accounted for four of UAFS’ eight 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Kenny Martin chipped in 11 points, while freshman guard Alex Cooper added 10.

UAFS dominated the rebounding battle by 18 rebounds, including 17 offensive rebounds that led to 16 second-chance points. Martin led UAFS with eight rebounds, including three offensive rebounds.

Goforth, Grady lead Blossoms in overtime

MONTICELLO – Sophomores Jordan Goforth and Tamia Grady combined for 56 points to lead the University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team to an 82-80 overtime victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State at home on Saturday.

Northwestern (0-6, 0-2 Great American Conference) led 38-31 at halftime and UAM (3-2, 1-1 GAC) took the second half 39-32 to force UAM’s first overtime game since last year’s conference tournament opener against Arkansas Tech. The Cotton Blossoms made 5-of-10 shots in the overtime period and held the Rangers to just two made field goals in the extra five minutes to seal UAM’s first conference victory of the season.

Goforth turned in her first career 30-point game and led all scorers with 31 points on a 10-for-13 shooting performance and an 11-for-13 outing at the free-throw line. She went 6-for-6 from the field in the second half and sank her only two attempts in the overtime period before fouling out.

Grady finished with 25 points after going 7-for-20 from the field and 10-for-12 at the free-throw line.

Kamera Bozeman led the Rangers with 19 points and nine rebounds.

The Blossoms are back in action on Nov. 25 at home against West Florida for a non-conference game.

Lady Lions edge WarHawks for first win

FORT SMITH — Finally, the UAFS Lady Lions can enjoy the thrill of victory.

The Lady Lions overcame a four-point halftime deficit on Saturday afternoon to beat the McMurry WarHawks 59-58 in Heartland Conference play at Kimbrell Arena in Abilene, Texas.

UAFS won despite committing more than 20 turnovers for the second consecutive game. The Lady Lions committed 21 turnovers that led to 16 points for the WarHawks (1-5, 1-1), who led 34-30 at halftime.

Sophomore guard Candice Followwell led UAFS with 15 points, while freshman guard Maddy Backus (Mountainburg) chipped in 10.

Freshman forward Justyne Huber led UAFS with seven rebounds.

Southern Nazarene downs Bisons’ GAC opener

BETHANY, Okla. — Harding senior Hayden Johnson scored a career-high 33 points but the 25th-ranked Bisons dropped their Great American Conference opener 87-76 to Southern Nazarene on Saturday at the Sawyer Center.

Harding fell to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the GAC, while Southern Nazarene improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Johnson’s career-high came on 10-of-14 shooting from the field and a 13-of-15 effort from the free throw line. Weston Jameson added 11 points and eight assists. Andraz Kavas and Jacob Gibson had 10 points each.

Harding returns to action Tuesday in a non-conference matchup with Christian Brothers in Memphis, Tenn.

Hendrix holds off UT-Tyler

TYLER, Texas — The Hendrix College men’s basketball team held off a late comeback by the University of Texas at Tyler (1-1) to win 71-63 at the Herrington Patriot Center on Saturday afternoon.

Senior forward Colton Primm tied his career-high with 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Warriors 3-1). Hank Aldous scored 13 points, going 7-of-10 at the free throw line, to go with nine boards, three assists and two steals. Alec Conard made four three-pointers en route to 15 points and junior forward Luke Vance scored nine points and had six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski added eight points. Sophomore point guard Jordan Taulton dished out a career-best eight assists and did not commit a turnover in 24 minutes of play.

Hendrix will travel to Clarksville on Tuesday to face the University of the Ozarks.

Celsor scores 30 as Harding defeats Southern Nazarene

BETHANY, Okla. — Senior Kristen Celsor had 30 points and 11 rebounds and junior Montana Lewis added 19 points to lead Harding to an 80-64 victory in Great American Conference play over Southern Nazarene on Saturday at the Sawyer Center.

Harding improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2008 in winning its GAC opener. Southern Nazarene lost its third straight and fell to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

Celsor made 11-of-19 shots, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and connected on 5-of-8 free throws. It was the second 30-point game of her career. She scored a career-high 33 against Missouri Southern in 2012. Senior Deshelle Isaac-Boyce had 11 points in the game.

Harding outscored Southern Nazarene 44-33 in the second half.

Harding will return to action Tuesday against Christian Brothers in Memphis. Tipoff is at 5 p.m.

Strong second half gives Weevils first league win

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team outscored Northwestern Oklahoma State (2-3, 1-1 GAC) by 14 in the second half and shot 71 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes to secure a 71-61 victory over the Rangers at home on Saturday.

Brandon Wilson led all scorers with 22 points on a 10-for-17 performance from the field. He also added seven rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals to his final totals for UAM (3-2, 1-1 Great American Conference). Junior Sharif Hudson finished at 21 points after making 9-of-11 shots, including a 3-for-5 outing on three-pointers. Jared Harrison also reached double-digits in scoring at 11 points.

The Weevils are back in action on Nov. 26 against Maryville University in a non-conference contest.

VOLLEYBALL

Golden Suns sweep Harding to win GAC

HOT SPRINGS — Senior Sara Motsinger turned in a 12-kill performance, hitting .440, sophomore Morgan McKellar added 21 digs, and senior Amber Cerrillos dished out 33 assists as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns volleyball team (25-11) captured their second Great American Conference championship in volleyball with a 3-0 sweep over Harding (27-8) on Saturday at the Summit Arena in Hot Springs.

The win guarantees Arkansas Tech a berth in the 2013 NCAA Central Region Championship.

The Golden Suns did not lose a set during the entire tournament, with 3-0 wins over East Central and Southern Arkansas prior to today’s championship win.

Harding was led by senior outside hitter Mollie Arnold who captured her 69th career double-double with 16 kills and 13 digs.

Harding senior defensive specialist Lisa Copeland, led the defense with 14 digs.

Arnold and Copeland were both selected to the All-Tournament Team. It was third time Arnold has received the award and the first for Copeland.

The win is Arkansas Tech’s second GAC title in three tournaments. The Golden Suns have faced off against Harding in each of the three GAC title matches, with Tech’s lone loss coming in the 2012 championship game.

For their performances, McKellar, Cerrillos, and freshman Morgan Hatwig were named to the All-Tournament team, with Cerrillos earning Most Outstanding Player honors.

With the win, the Golden Suns become the first Great American Conference team to top Harding since Nov. 12, 2011, when the Golden Suns topped Harding 3-2 in the inaugural GAC championship game.