Fourth annual UAFS Toy Toss set for Dec. 14

FORT SMITH — One of the core values that UAFS men’s basketball coach Josh Newman tries to instill in his student-athletes is the importance of giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate.

Each season, the Lions are involved in a variety of community engagement projects throughout the River Valley, and for the fourth season in a row, they will host their popular Toy Toss to benefit the children of needy families during the Christmas season.

The Toy Toss will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, when the Lions host the Ecclesia College Royals in a nonconference game at the Stubblefield Center.

Fans are asked to bring a new soft toy to the game, and when the Lions score their first point of the game, they are asked to toss their soft toys onto the court in celebration. The toys are then collected and later delivered to the local Salvation Army, which will distribute the toys to children of needy families for Christmas.

The Lions are assessed a delay of game technical foul as a result of the toys being tossed onto the court, but Newman has always gladly accepted the penalty, knowing the greater good that comes from the event and the positive impact it has on his student-athletes and the community.

Last year, Southern Nazarene coach Adam Bohac declined the free throw opportunities that come with the technical foul as a gesture of his support of the event.

Several local elementary schools will also participate in the event.


No. 20 Rhodes upends Hendrix

CONWAY — The Hendrix College women’s basketball team lost their Southern Athletic Association opener to No. 20 Rhodes College 72-34 at Grove Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

The visiting Lynx (5-0, 1-0) led 32-20, then scored the first 23 points of the second half to control the game.

The Warriors (2-5, 0-1) shot just 24 percent (12-of-51) from the field for the game, and was 2-of-16 from outside and 8-of-12 at the free throw line. Rhodes shot 40 percent (29-of-72) from the field, 8-of-26 from three-point range and 6-of-7 from the line.

Sophomore guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler led the Orange and Black with seven points to go with four rebounds. Senior forward Katie Coughran came off the bench to score six points and sophomore guard Estrella Flores had five. Freshman guard Melanie Martin had three assists and two steals.

Hendrix will host Rust College on Monday in nonconference action.

Longhorns shut down UALR

AUSTIN, Texas — Carolee Dillard tied a career high with 10 points, but the UALR women’s basketball team fell by a 60-26 score at Texas at the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday night.

The Longhorns (6-2) scored 30 points in the first half and held UALR (3-3) to just 10, and that 20-point deficit only ballooned over the final 20 minutes as Texas wound up winning by 34 thanks to a strong run early in the second half.

Dillard had eight of her 10 points in the second half and added a block to her season total. Senior Taylor Ford had eight points on the night, the second-highest total for UALR. She also had three rebounds and a steal.

The Trojans’ final score was its lowest in the Joe Foley era.

The Trojans conclude their three-game road trip at Tulsa on Saturday.


Trojans edge No. 18 Lions in exhibition play

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Three players scored in double-figures but that wasn’t enough for UAFS on Tuesday night as the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans held off a late comeback by the Lions to post an 88-74 win in exhibition play at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock.

It was a brief break from regular-season play for the Lions, who played their second exhibition game of the season. UAFS lost to NCAA Division I Texas Christian University 81-74 on Nov. 1 in Fort Worth, Texas.

UAFS (6-0), which jumped seven spots to No. 18 in the latest NABC/Division II Coaches Top 25, will resume regular-season play at 4 p.m. on Saturday when the Lions play Angelo State in a neutral site game at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas.

Sophomore Kenny Martin led UAFS with 15 points, while senior guard Jake Toupal and freshman guard Seth Youngblood had 11 and 10 points, respectively. The trio accounted for nine of the Lions’ 11 3-pointers.

UAFS, which trailed 45-29, shot 43 percent from the field (23 for 54) – it was 11-for-31 shooting from 3-point range – and shot 71 percent from the free-throw line (17 for 24).

Junior forward Miha Glavas had a team-high six rebounds for UAFS, which was out-rebounded 45-29.

Forward Will Neighbour led the Trojans, who led by 25 points with 5:30 left to play, with 20 points. Mareik Isom had 12 points, while James White and Josh Hagins had 11 points apiece.

White topped off his double-double with a team-high 11 rebounds.

Warriors fall to Lynx in SAA opener

CONWAY — In their Southern Athletic Association opener, the Hendrix College men’s basketball team lost to Rhodes College 56-54 at Grove Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

The visiting Lynx (4-3, 1-0) led 34-28 at the half and led 48-40 with 7:46 remaining. The Warriors (4-4, 0-1) went on a 12-4 run capped by a game-tying three-pointer from sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski with 2:23 left to play.

Fouled with 3.6 on the clock, Tate Sledge made one of two free throw attempts to give Rhodes the two point advantage. The Warriors failed to get a shot off in the closing seconds of the game.

Sophomore guard Jordan Barrett came off the bench to lead Hendrix with 12 points. Junior forward Luke Vance scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Hank Aldous recorded nine points, two assists, two blocks and two steals and Drew Nikolovski finished with seven points. Senior forward Colton Primm added six points and seven boards.

Hendrix will host non-conference foe Rust College on Monday night.