Reddies fall short, lose to TAMUC
Henderson State could not hold off a second-half Texas A&M Commerce rally as the Lions upended the Reddies 71-68, Wednesday in Commerce, Texas.
Henderson State, 5-6 on the season, squandered a 9-point first-half lead as the Lions outscored the Reddies 42-30 in the second-half.
Reggie Murphy ended the game with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Ronald Lawson recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Henderson State will break for the holidays and return to the court on Jan. 4 with the Reddies playing host to Southern Nazarene in a Great American Conference contest.
A-State cruises past Tennessee Tech
JONESBORO — Sophomore guard Aundrea Gamble scored a game-high 28 points and sophomore Jalen O’Bannon added a season-high 15 points to lead the Arkansas State women’s basketball team to a 90-75 victory over Tennessee Tech Wednesday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
The Red Wolves (5-5) never trailed in the game and led by double digits (20-10) with 13:34 to go in the first half. Gamble started the game off by knocking down four straight 3-pointers to help A-State jump out in front.
The Golden Eagles (3-8) outscored A-State 12-6 to start the second half and cut the deficit to 19 (58-39) with 14:53 to play, but the Red Wolves pushed the advantage back to 22 when Gamble converted an and-one play to give A-State the momentum again.
Jane Morrill finished in double figures on the afternoon with 14 points, while Carlisha Wyatt scored all nine of her points in the second half. Jasmine Hunt scored all seven of her points in the second half, while Hanna Qedan had six points on the afternoon.
Maxwell agrees to contract extension
Based on the tremendous success of the program, Henderson State University has extended the contract of head football coach Scott Maxfield through the 2016 season.
Maxfield, the 2013 AFCA Region Coach of the Year, has led Henderson State to back-to-back Great American Conference championships having compiled a 21-2 record the past two seasons.
A two-time GAC Coach of the Year, Maxfield led the Reddies to their highest-ever NCAA Division II ranking this past season as Henderson State was ranked No. 4 in the final regular-season top 25 poll.
In the past two years, Henderson State has produced the GAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year with 33 players earning all-conference honors.
In 2013, the Reddies led the nation in scoring (53.3 ppg), total offense (576.4 ypg), and passing offense (428.4 ypg). Henderson State recorded its second straight undefeated regular-season as the Reddies were 11-0, tying a school record for wins in a season.
In his nine seasons at Henderson State, Maxfield has compiled a 60-36 record, three conference championships, has coached 75 all-conference honorees, 43 all-region selections, 22 All-Americans and three Harlon Hill Trophy finalists.
Begic earns All-American mention
LITTLE ROCK – The honors keep coming in for UALR outside hitter Edina Begic. One week after earning All-Southeast Region Honors from the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association, Begic has now been named an Honorable Mention All-American.
The junior from Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, had a phenomenal year for the Trojans, finishing third in the country with 5.11 kills per set. She led the Sun Belt Conference in that category by more than a full kill per set over teammate Sonja Milanovic.
Begic becomes the first volleyball player in UALR history to earn mention on an All-America team.
Besides her national and regional award, Begic was named the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. She helped the Trojans to a terrific 20-11 record during the season and brought them to the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. She set school records for kills in a match, spiking 36 despite only playing four sets against Arkansas State on Oct. 2. She also ended the year with a school-record 634 kills on the year, and she had 9.33 kills per set against Troy on Oct. 25, breaking the Trojans record in that statistic as well.