BASKETBALL

Women’s

Tate reaches 1,000 rebounds in Warrior win

CONWAY — Hendrix College senior center Jamie Tate surpassed the 1,000 rebound mark for her career as the Warriors defeated Rust College 61-50 at Grove Gymnasium on Monday night.

Tate, from Nashville, Tenn., grabbed 11 in the game, giving her 1,008 in her tenure. She is one of just three active players to pass the milestone - along with Ashley Roser of Wells and Jamecia Forsythe of John Jay. Tate surpassed the old Hendrix record of 753 held by Christina Byler in January of 2013.

In the game, the Lady Bearcats (2-5) had a 28-27 lead with 1:55 left in the first half, before the Warriors (3-5) ended the period on a 6-0 run to take a 33-28 advantage into the break.

Sophomore point guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler paced Hendrix with 15 points and three assists. Freshman guard Peyton Hurst scored a season-best 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. Freshman guard Taylor Neal had 12 points, five boards and three steals. Tate finished with four points and two blocks to go with her 11 rebounds. Freshman forward Anna King came off the bench to scored six points and grab 10 boards.

Hendrix will be off until Dec. 19 when they face Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

Golden Suns race past East Central

RUSSELLVILLE — Cara Neighbors turned in a 19-point, four-rebound effort, Anna Lea Little added 13 points from the bench, while Jacinda Myers-Sanders, Caroline Eubanks, and Anissa Pounds all chipped in 11 points as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (5-1, 2-0 Great American Conference) took an 88-61 win over East Central (5-3, 1-3 GAC) on Saturday afternoon at Tucker Coliseum.

The Golden Suns held a 36-22 advantage on points in the paint, a 25-9 advantage in points off turnovers, and a 14-6 advantage in fast-break points. The Tech bench outscored ECU’s bench 32-13.

Men’s

Hendrix gets by Rust

CONWAY — For the second time in 10 days, the Hendrix College men’s basketball team defeated Rust College. After beating the Bearcats (4-5) by one point in Memphis, Tenn. on Nov. 30, the Warriors (5-4) had an easier time at home on Monday, winning 69-55.

Four Hendrix players hit double-digits, led by junior forward Luke Vance with 13 points. Senior forward Colton Primm had 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals and sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski scored 11 points and dished out three assists. Sophomore guard Hank Aldous scored 10 points, grabbed nine boards, had three assists and two blocks. Forwards Will Roland and Gearen Littlefield each scored seven points off the bench. Point guards Jordan Taulton and Gabe Gumm each had four assists.

Hendrix will be off until Dec. 19 when they face Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

Wonder Boys fall to East Central

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.—Despite a 30-point, 11-rebound effort from Willie Rogers and 15 points from both Bobby Hatchett and Darrick Little, the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (5-3, 1-1 GAC) basketball team fell to the East Central Tigers (4-4, 3-1 GAC) 94-78 in Tucker Coliseum on Saturday night.

Rogers led all players in points (30) and rebounds (11). Little had 15 points with seven rebounds while senior Kendell Pinkney added seven assists.

Tech will return to action on Dec. 17 to face Missouri Southern in Joplin, Missouri.

FOOTBALL

A-State faces Ball State in GoDaddy Bowl

JONESBORO — The Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State football team will play Mid-American Conference member Ball State in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl, it was announced Sunday after the Cardinals accepted an invitation to the Jan. 5 bowl game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

The Red Wolves accepted an invitation last Monday, Dec. 2, to play in the GoDaddy Bowl for an unprecedented third consecutive year in the game’s 15-year history. Arkansas State dropped a 38-20 decision to Northern Illinois in the 2012 GoDaddy Bowl, but claimed a 17-13 victory over then-ranked No. 25 Kent State in last year’s version of the bowl game.

Ball State completed the regular season with a 10-2 overall record and as the Mid-American Conference’s West Division runner-up behind Northern Illinois with a 7-1 league mark. The Cardinals reached 10 victories for the third time in school history, winning eight of their last nine games to conclude the regular season.

The 2014 GoDaddy Bowl will mark the first ever meeting between Arkansas State and Ball State. The Red Wolves won four of their final five regular-season games this season to finish with a 7-5 overall record, which included a 5-2 league mark that placed them atop the final Sun Belt Conference standings with Louisiana-Lafayette.

RESCHEDULES

UAFS, Angelo State reschedules for Friday

FORT SMITH — The nonconference men’s basketball game between No. 18 UAFS and Angelo State that was cancelled on Saturday because of icy, wintry weather has been rescheduled for noon on Friday at Collin County College in Plano, Texas.

OBU, UAM meet on Jan. 21

MONTICELLO – The GAC basketball games for the University of Arkansas at Monticello against Ouachita Baptist have been rescheduled for Jan. 21 in Arkadelphia.

The game was originally scheduled on Saturday, but inclement weather in Arkadelphia canceled the meeting.

CLINICS

UAFS holiday basketball clinic set

FORT SMITH — UAFS men’s basketball coach Josh Newman and his staff will conduct their annual UAFS Holiday Basketball Clinic on Dec. 23-24 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Stubblefield Center.

The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5-15. Cost is $80 per person and includes a camp T-shirt and certificate. Clinic applications are available at the UAFS athletics department office inside the Stubblefield Center or online at www.uafortsmithlions.com under the "camps" heading on the men’s basketball home page.

For more information, contact assistant men’s basketball coach Justin Bailey at justin.bailey@uafs.edu or at 479-788-7593.

PLAYER HONORS

Neighbors earns GAC weekly honors

RUSSELLVILLE — Sophomore guard Cara Neighbors was named the Great American Conference Player of the Week after her performance against East Central, announced by the league office on Monday.

Neighbors helped the Golden Suns improve to 5-1 and 2-0 in GAC play in an 88-61 home win against East Central. She scored a game-high 19 points in 30 minutes of action. She connected on 6-of-9 shots and hit a pair of 3-point field goals. She added three assists as she continues to lead Golden Suns in both scoring and assists. She also added three assists, four rebounds, and went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.

The Golden Suns will return to action on Dec. 16 and 17 for Rollins Tournament in Winter Park, Fla. Tech will play Rollins on Dec. 16 and Bluefield State on Dec. 17.

Harlon Hill invites HSU’s Rodgers

Henderson State’s Kevin Rodgers is one of three players to receive an invitation to attend the 28th Annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet for the naming of the top NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.

Joining Rodgers are senior running back Franklyn Quiteh of Bloomsburg University (Pa.) and senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan of West Texas A&M University.

The three emerged as the top vote-getters from a field of nine finalists in voting by the sports information directors at the 169 schools that compete in Division II football.

The Hill Trophy is sponsored by the City of Florence, Ala., Florence-Lauderdale Tourism, Opti-Net, the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and Herff Jones.

Rodgers, who is the first player in Henderson State history to be invited to the Harlon Hill Banquet, was a unanimous selection as the Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year and was recently named the Daktronics Super Region 3 Offensive Player of the Year.

The Reddie signal caller led the nation in passing yards per game at 400.6, total offense (399.5), third in touchdowns (40) and fourth in efficiency (178.64).

This season Rodgers completed 322-of-467 passes for 4,807 yards (8th most in D2 history) and 40 touchdowns. He is the sixth quarterback in Division II history to throw for 4,000 or more yards in back-to-back seasons.