Dustdevils too much for Lady Lions

FORT SMITH — Three players scored in double-figures for UAFS, but that wasn’t enough for the Lady Lions on Saturday against the hot-handed Texas A&M International Dustdevils.

It was the first-semester finale for UAFS (2-10, 2-4), which ended its two-game road trip through the Lone Star State 0-2. UAFS lost to St. Mary’s on Thursday night at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

The Dustdevils (9-2), which went 2-0 in the weekend conference series, stayed unbeaten in conference play at 5-0.

Sophomore guard Brittany Holbert had 17 points to lead UAFS, which trailed 44-31 at halftime. Freshman guard Maddy Backus had 11 points, including two of the Lady Lions’ four 3-pointers. Freshman guard Sydney Franklin chipped in 10 points.

Sophomore guard Candace Followwell had a team-high nine rebounds, helping UAFS out-rebound TAMIU by three rebounds (36-33).

A-State defeats UCA

CONWAY — Aundrea Gamble scored 17 of her game-high 21 points in the second half as the Arkansas State women’s basketball team defeated Central Arkansas 73-61 Saturday afternoon at Farris Center.

Gamble was held to just six points at halftime, but caught fire in the final 20 minutes and helped A-State (6-5) erase a five point deficit after the Red Wolves held a 34-33 lead at halftime, but Central Arkansas (5-5) went on a 6-0 run to start the second half retake the lead and continued to hold the lead until Jalen O’Bannon converted an and-1 play to give the Red Wolves a 46-43 with 10:46 to go in the game.

O’Bannon scored a season-high 16 points and was a force in the paint along with Jane Morrill, who had 10 points, on the afternoon. The Red Wolves dominated play in the painted area, outscoring UCA 36-18 in the paint and holding a plus-10 margin on the boards.

A-State will return to action after the Christmas holiday when it travels to the state of Texas for an eight-day, three-game road swing that will begin at Texas A&M on Dec. 30.

Lady Reddies win fifth straight

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State outscored Missouri S&T 9-2 in the final 4:50 to beat the Lady Miners 72-68, Saturday at the Duke Wells Center.

The win improved Henderson’s record to 7-2 on the season with the Lady Reddies having won five straight games heading into the holiday break.

Taylor Washington hit a pair of free throws with 4:30 to play to draw the Lady Reddies to within one.

Aungelique Sledge led Henderson State with 16 points including sinking five 3-point field goals.

Krystal Beachum recorded her first double-double of the season combining for 14 points and 10 rebounds. The senior from Mexia, Texas also had five assists in the game.

Davis scored 12 points and grabbed 8 boards for the Lady Reddies, with Jasmine Settles also scoring in double-figures with 11 points.

Henderson State will return to action on Jan. 4 when they host Southern Nazarene in Great American Conference play


Buccaneers outlast Bears in double OT

CONWAY — A double overtime game came down to free throws Saturday as the Charleston Southern Buccaneers outlasted the University of Central Arkansas Bears 97-90 in non-conference action at the Farris Center.

The Buccaneers (4-6) made 23 of 33 at the free-throw line, including 8 of 8 in the overtime periods, to hold off the Bears (2-7). UCA was just 14 of 30 (46.7 percent) from the line for the game, and made just 8 of 22 in the second half and overtimes combined.

LaQuentin Miles finished with a game-high 28 points, a point short of tying his career high in 48 minutes of action. He added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior DeShone McClure added 20 points for the Bears, hitting three of UCA’s 10 three-pointers.

UCA pulled down a season-high 52 rebounds, led by freshman Phabian Glasco with nine and Brown and Miles with eight each. Glasco added 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

UCA returns to the Farris Center on Dec. 28 against Omaha, a makeup game that was postponed because of weather.

Reed’s three-pointer propels A-State

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Brandon Reed’s three-pointer with 24.5 seconds left in the game broke a 79-all tie as the Arkansas State University men’s basketball team held on for an 83-82 victory over Marshall this Saturday (Dec. 21) evening in non-league play at MU’s Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, W.Va.

Reed finished with a season-high tying 21 points to pace five Red Wolves in double-figure scoring, but none was bigger for the senior guard than his triple from the left wing with just under 25 seconds remaining in the game.

With the victory, A-State improves to 6-4 overall as the Red Wolves’ end a two-game skid. All five starters reach double digits as sophomore guard Cameron Golden supplied 13 points and senior forward Kendrick Washington posted a double-double with 10 points and a team-most 12 rebounds. Reed, a senior guard, also contributed eight rebounds and three assists to go with his five three-point field goals on the night. Melvin Johnson III provided a game-high tying five assists and grabbed five boards.

Arkansas State returns to the court following the Christmas holiday for their final 2013 appearance as the Red Wolves host instate foe Southern Arkansas Monday, Dec. 30, in Jonesboro.