BASKETBALL

Harding’s Celsor, ATU’s Hatchett earn GAC honors

RUSSELLVILLE — Harding’s Kristen Celsor and Arkansas Tech’s Bobby Hatchett earned the Great American Conference’s Women’s and Men’s Basketball Players of the Week honors for their performances during the fourth week of the 2013-14 regular season.

GAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Kristen Celsor, Harding, F, Sr., Searcy, Ark.

Celsor claimed her second-straight Player of the Week honor in leading the Lady Bisons to the fourth 6-0 start in program history. After tallying 16 points and four steals against Christian Brothers, she had her second 30-point, 10-rebound performance of the season - 33 points and 11 rebounds - in a 29-point win against No. 5 Central Missouri.

GAC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Bobby Hatchett, Arkansas Tech, G, Sr., Sikeston, Mo.

Hatchett averaged 12.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game as the Wonder Boys defeated No. 21 Northeastern State and No. 6 Midwestern State at the Thanksgiving Classic. He scored 16 points against the Mustangs including four free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.

FOOTBALL

A-State accepts GoDaddy Bowl invitation

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Monday that the Red Wolves’ football team has accepted an official invitation to play in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 5 at 8 p.m., when it will face a Mid-American Conference opponent to be announced at a later date.

The Red Wolves will make their third consecutive appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl and will play their 10th bowl game all-time. This year’s game will be the 15th edition of the GoDaddy Bowl, which was played for the first time in 1999. Arkansas State dropped a 38-20 decision to Northern Illinois in the 2012 GoDaddy Bowl, but claimed a 17-13 victory over then-ranked Kent State in last year’s version of the bowl game.

Arkansas State compiled a winning record in 2013 for the third consecutive season for the first time since 1985-87 when it was a NCAA I-AA (now FCS) member. The Red Wolves have won 20 of their last 23 Sun Belt Conference games and have 27 victories over the last three seasons to rank among the top 20 teams in the nation in total wins over that span.

Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets only through the ASU Ticket Office to directly support the Red Wolves and to ensure they receive priority seating within the designated A-State area.

Bowl tickets are only $45 per ticket when purchased through the ASU Ticket Office. Fans can go to AStateRedWolves.com and click on ‘Bowl Game Central’ (astateredwolves.com/bowlgame) to order tickets, and the ASU Ticket Office, located at the Convocation Center’s lower red entrance, will be taking walk-up or telephone (870-972-2781) orders.