Lady Bisons jump to 12th in coaches’ poll

SEARCY - For the third straight week, the Harding women’s basketball team has been ranked in the Division II Top-25. Harding jumps up to 12th in the latest USA TODAY Sports Coaches’ Poll. It’s the highest the Lady Bisons have been ranked since joining the NCAA in 1997.

Harding was ranked 15th in last week’s poll and 19th the week before.

The Lady Bisons have started their season with an 8-0 overall record and are 2-0 in the Great American Conference. It is the first time Harding has started their season 8-0 since the 2008 season.

Harding is one of only nine teams in the top 25 that is still undefeated.

The Lady Bisons was back in action Tuesday as they participate in the Oahu Classic in Hawaii.

Lady Reddies win fourth straight

Aungelique Sledge scored a game-high 30 points to lead Henderson State to a 79-74 win over Texas A&M Commerce, Tuesday in Commerce, Texas.

The Lady Reddies improved to 6-2 on the season with the victory over the Lions and extended their win streak to four games.

Sledge hit on 12-of-25 shots from the field while sinking four 3-point field goals.

Krystal Beachum also had a solid performance with 20 points while grabbing 7 rebounds.

Tiara Davis posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Dulincia Keener had 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Henderson State will next face Texas Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas, on Thursday.

Blossoms fall to Northwestern State

NATCHITOCHES, La. — The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team lost to Northwestern State on Tuesday night on the road by a final score of 63-40 in the final exhibition contest of the season.

The Blossoms led for the majority of the first 12 minutes of the first half, leading by as much as six points on a fast break jumper from Tamia Grady at the 11:35 mark of the opening period.

Sophomore Jordan Goforth led all scorers with 17 points, while adding five rebounds and five assists to her final totals. Sophomore Nikki Mullen added nine points, all on three-pointers.

The Blossoms begin a four-game home stand this Thursday, against Texas A&M-Kingsville.


Bears fall late to Mean Green

DENTON, Texas _ The North Texas Mean Green outscored the Central Arkansas Bears 11-3 in the final four minutes on Tuesday to take a 64-55 victory in front of an "Elementary Day" crowd of 3,664 at The Super Pit.

UCA (2-6) was within one point at 53-52 on a jumper with 4:01 left to play by senior DeShone McClure, who scored a career-high 23 points. But UNT answered with eight straight points, including 4 of 4 from the free-throw line, to pull away.

McClure then made two at the line for UCA’s last lead at 48-46 at the 7:00 mark. The 6-foot-3 forward from Jacksonville scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half. Jalen Jackson had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Bears, who were outrebounded 43-28. Phabian Glasco tied his career high with 12 points, hitting 6 of 8 from the field. The Bears had only nine turnovers in the game while forcing 16.

UCA returns home to the Farris Center for five straight games, beginning at noon Saturday against Charleston Southern.

Wonder Boys drop heartbreaker to Missouri Southern

JOPLIN, Mo.— Bryson Fletcher scored 18 points, Darrick Little had 15 points, and Bobby Hatchett added 14 points but the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (5-4, 1-1 GAC) missed at the buzzer to lose in heartbreaking fashion 74-73 to the Missouri Southern Lions (8-1) on Tuesday night in Joplin, Missouri.

Fletcher was 4-for-4 at the half with 11 points while sophomore Nick Wayman already had seven points and four rebounds. The Wonder Boys shot 42.9% (12-28) from the field compared to Missouri Southern’s 44.1% (15-34). Tech trailed in the rebound (39-33), assist (10-5), and steal (6-1) columns but trailed by just six points on the scoreboard going into the second half.

Tech will return to action on Thursday to face undefeated Angelo State in Tucker Coliseum.

UAM pushes win streak to five

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team extended its streak to five consecutive victories in a high-scoring 102-89 win over Philander Smith at home on Tuesday night.

After a rocky start that allowed Philander Smith (9-4) to lead by as much seven points four minutes into the game, the Weevils responded with a 7-0 run in the next minute capped by a three-pointer from senior Dayton Mickens to force the game’s first tie score. After a back-and-forth battle over the next 10 minutes, the Weevils grabbed the game’s final lead change on a layup from senior Lonnie Cottrell at the 4:03 mark of the opening half to give his team a 38-36 lead.

During that 10-minute stretch, the highest lead was five for UAM (7-2) on two different three-point baskets from junior Sharif Hudson

Senior Brandon Wilson led the Weevils with 25 points, 19 coming in the second half. The Rayville, La. native also added a game-high nine rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot and one steal. Harrison and Hudson each added 20 points. Harrison was 11-for-12 at the free throw line. Hudson also had six rebounds and two assists. Mickens also reached double-digits for UAM with 18 points.

Philander’s Jermaine Hollimon led all scorers with 29 points in 22 minutes off the bench.

The Weevils wrap up the 2013 portion of the schedule this Saturday at home against Angelo State.

A-State falls at home to unbeaten Toledo

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University came into this Tuesday’s home contest against undefeated Toledo hoping to do what the previous nine opponents couldn’t, but was unable to sustain its halftime lead in falling 78-65 to the Rockets in non-league competition at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Senior forward Kirk Van Slyke’s 22 points was a game high for the 5-4 Red Wolves, who also received 11 points from sophomore guard Cameron Golden in a starting role and 10 from senior forward Kendrick Washington.

Toledo, which upped its record to 10-0 overall on the season, was paced by Justin Drummond’s 19 points on 8-11 shooting. Nathan Boothe added 14 points and two other Rockets’ starters scored in double figures as Rian Pearson had 11 and J.D. Weatherspoon chipped in with 10 points.

On the boards, Van Slyke pulled down six caroms to lead the Red Wolves while Golden dished out a career-high seven assists and posted two steals, which tied a team high.

Arkansas State returns to action this Saturday as the Red Wolves visit the Marshall Thundering Herd in Huntington, W.Va.