Golden Suns fall in opening round of tourney
RUSSELLVILLE — Despite junior Emily Todd’s nine kills and 11 digs, senior Stephanie Channell’s five kills, and senior Amber Cerrillos’ 19 assists and eight digs, the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (25-12) fell 3-0 to the Minnesota State-Duluth Bulldogs (32-2) in the first round of the NCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament at the Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, Minnesota on Thursday evening.
Katie Huff and Morgan Hatwig each added four kills. Cerrillos also added two service aces.
Sophomore Morgan McKellar totaled eight digs.
The Golden Suns will graduate three seniors; Cerrillos, Channell, and Sara Motsinger. Each of the three have been able to experience two NCAA Tournaments.
The Golden Suns conclude their season with a 25-12 overall record, the 2013 Great American Conference Volleyball Tournament Champions, and making an appearance in the NCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament.
Texarkana Bowl resumes Dec. 13
TEXARKANA, Ark. - Winter weather forced the postponed of the inaugural Texarkana Bowl between Harding and Texas A&M-Commerce to be rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 13. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. and the the GAC Sports Network will stream the game at GACSportsNetwork.com.
Weather postpones UALR doubleheader at Tulsa
LITTLE ROCK – The UALR men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against Tulsa, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed with a tentative make-up date set for Sunday, Dec. 8. UALR and Tulsa will determine Saturday morning whether road conditions are safe for the Trojans to make the trip to Oklahoma.
If played Sunday, start times at the Donald W. Reynolds Center will remain the same as originally planned. The women’s game will tip off at 1 p.m. and the men’s game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.
HSU’S games with SAU postponed
ARKADELPHIA — Due to hazardous weather conditions, Henderson State’s basketball double-header with Southern Arkansas scheduled for Saturday has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
Officials from both institutions agreed that it is in the best interest to postpone the games until next semester.
The Lady Reddies were to face Southern Arkansas at 2 p.m., while the Reddies and Muleriders were scheduled for a 4 p.m. tipoff at the Duke Wells Center.
Bears reschedule game with Nebraska-Omaha
CONWAY — The men’s basketball game scheduled for Saturday between the University of Central Arkansas Bears and the Omaha Mavericks has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 28.
Expected inclement weather that would affect the Mavericks’ flights into and out of Little Rock caused the schedule change. The game will be played at noon on Dec. 28 at the Farris Center.
The Bears will now break for final exams next week before hitting the road for games at Texas Tech in Lubbock on Dec. 15 and at North Texas in Denton on Dec. 17.
Lady Lions fall to Lady Chaps
FORT SMITH — Four players scored in double-figures, but that wasn’t enough for the UAFS Lady Lions to upset Heartland Conference co-leader Lubbock Christian on Friday afternoon as the Lady Chaps posted a 103-78 win at the Stubblefield Center.
The game was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday but was postponed until 1 p.m. Friday because of expected icy, wintry weather. The icy, wintry weather blanketed the area late Thursday night, but the game was played as rescheduled in front of a sparse crowd.
It was the first-ever meeting between Lubbock Christian (7-1, 3-0) and UAFS (1-7, 1-2), which will play conference foe University of Texas of the Permian Basin at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Stubblefield Center.
Freshman guard Maddy Backus (Mountainburg) led UAFS, which trailed 58-35 at halftime, with 21 points. Freshman guard Sydney Franklin chipped in 16 points, freshman guard Maya Perry had 13 and sophomore guard Chauntel Terry had 11 in her return after a knee injury last season.
Senior guard Destyni Howard led UAFS with eight rebounds.
Six players scored in double-figures for the Lady Chaps. Haley Burton led the way with 18 points, while Emily Pool had 17 points, Nicole Hampton 14, Haley Fowler 13 and Kelsey Hoppel and Allison Szabo 11 apiece.
Szabo led the Lady Chaps with nine rebounds.
Holmes leads No. 19 Harding to win
SEARCY - Junior guard Shana Holmes scored a season-high 22 points to lead the 19th-ranked Harding women’s basketball team over East Central 81-45 in Great American Conference action on Thursday. The Lady Bisons stayed perfect on the season with a 7-0 overall record and a 2-0 GAC record.
It’s the best start for Harding since the 2008-09 season with the Lady Bisons opened the season with a 12-0 record.
Holmes hit three 3-pointers and was 8-of-12 from the field. Senior forward Kristen Celsor scored 16 points hitting 7-of-9 from the field. Junior guard Tabitha Haney came off the bench and hit three 3-pointers to finish with 11 points.
East Central (5-2, 1-2 GAC) was led by senior forward Alycea Price who had nine points.
The GAC game that was scheduled for Saturday against Southeastern Oklahoma has been postponed because of inclement bad weather and will be played Jan. 13.
Mullen leads Blossoms in loss to Lady Reddies
ARKADELPHIA — University of Arkansas at Monticello sophomore guard Nikki Mullen led the Cotton Blossoms with a career-high seven made three-pointers in a 67-60 loss to Henderson State on the road Thursdaynight inside the Duke Wells Center.
Mullen finished the game with a career-tying 23 points after connecting on 8-of-17 total shots and 7-of-13 three-pointers. The Green Forest native made four treys in the first half. She added two assists and three steals to her final totals. Sophomore Jordan Goforth also reached double-digits with 14 points, while adding six rebounds and five assists.
HSU’s Tiara Davis led all scorers with 24 points.
East Central survives late rally by Harding
SEARCY — A furious second-half rally fell just short Thursday as East Central defeated Harding 93-83 in Great American Conference action in the Rhodes Field House.
The loss dropped Harding to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in GAC play, while East Central improved to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in conference. The Bisons have almost a month off before playing their next game on Jan. 2 at Southwestern Oklahoma. Saturday’s schedule home game against Southeastern Oklahoma was postponed until Jan. 13 due to poor weather conditions.
With 47 seconds left Hayden Johnson, who led Harding with 19 points, made a layup that cut the East Central lead to 87-79. The Bisons got no closer, as the Tigers made four straight free throws to close out the game.
Tony Cochran made four of Harding’s eight 3-pointers and had 17 points. Will Francis had nine points and five assists, and Blake McNair added seven points and a career-high six assists.
UAM hits late free throws to beat Henderson State
ARKADELPHIA — Arkansas-Monticello’s Kenric McCants hit a pair of free throws with 3 seconds remaining to give the Boll Weevils a 66-65 win over Henderson State, Thursday at the Duke Wells Center.
The Reddies, 4-5 overall and 1-2 in the Great American Conference once again fought back from a 12-point second-half deficit to take a 65-64 lead with 17 seconds left as Reggie Murphy scored off a Kevin Kozan miss.
UAM, 5-2 overall and 2-1 in GAC play, pushed its lead to 53-41.
Reggie Murphy was a force inside scoring a game-high 22 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. The junior from Los Angeles was 10-for-10 from the field.
Also having a double-double was Ronald Lawson who totaled 12 points and 10 boards.
Taylor Smith added 13 points while dishing out seven assists.
Jared Harrison led UAM with 16 points, while Brandon Wilson had 13.