Hendrix pulls away from Agnes Scott
DECATUR, Ga. — The Hendrix College women’s lacrosse team scored four goals in the final 10:09 of the game to pull away from Agnes Scott on the road on Sunday morning. The Warriors (2-2), who led 7-4 at half time, outscored the Scotties (0-1) 7-3 in the second half for the 14-7 victory.
For the second consecutive game, Hendrix freshman midfielder Kate Davis tied the Southern Athletic Association record with eight goals scored. The Allen, Texas native took 18 shots, 13 on goal, and had five draw controls. Junior midfielder Landri Wenzel added three goals and freshmen Emily Rankin and Raychl Reger each had one score. Freshman midfielder Amibeth Marks recorded a goal and two assists for three points. Freshman keeper Rebecca Alexander registered four saves in goal.
Hendrix will play their first ever home game on Saturday when they host conference foe Berry College.
Lady Reddies beat defending national champs
Henderson State rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat defending national champion Central Oklahoma 5-4, Saturday at the 8-State Softball Classic in Bentonville.
Trailing 3-0 and managing just one base runner in the first three innings, Henderson State cut into the UCO lead by scoring two runs in the fourth-inning.
With two-outs, Ashlyn White reached on a single then Morgan South blasted her first home run of the year to make the score 3-2.
UCO, ranked No. 1 in the NFCA preseason poll, plated a run in the bottom of the fifth-inning to make the score 4-2, but the Lady Reddies erupted for three runs in the sixth-inning.
Kayla Williams and White combined to shut down the Bronchos the final two innings to preserve the win.
Tricia Hock finished the four-game tournament hitting .538 going 7-for-13 with two doubles and a triple.
Sarah Gipson was 6-for-12 during the tournament for a .500 average. Gipson had a double with five runs batted in.
Also having a solid tournament were Ashlyn White and Morgan South. White was 5-for-10 with five runs scored, a home run and two RBI. South was 4-for-11 with three runs scored, a home run and four RBI.
Henderson State will begin Great American Conference play on Friday with the Lady Reddies hosting East Central in a four-game series at Dee White Field.
Blossoms split Sunday games
BENTONVILLE — The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team suffered its first loss of the 8-State Classic, falling to Fort Hays State 5-3 in the first game of the day before responding with a 6-2 win over Southwest Baptist in the afternoon game. With the split, UAM’s record moves to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the weekend event. With 27 teams returning home from the 8-State Classic, UAM and Minnesota-Duluth will stay the night and close out the event on Monday with a double header starting at noon.
Harding wins final two games at tourney
BENTONVILLE — The Harding softball team defeated Oklahoma Panhandle 10-5 and Drury 5-4 on the final day of the Arkansas-Monticello Tournament. The Lady Bisons improved to 6-3 on the season.
Game One — The Harding softball team drove in 10 runs on 15 hits to get a 10-5 win over Oklahoma Panhandle on Sunday.
Amanda Berdon went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homerun. She also drove in four runs. Kinsey Beck also went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Kimmy Hendricks had two hits including a home run. It was her second one of the season.
Danielle Hubbard (3-1) got the win for Harding, pitching seven innings giving up two runs and tied a season-high with six strikeouts.
It was the second time this season Harding has hit multiple home runs in a game.
Game Two — The Harding softball team held off Drury in the top of the seventh inning to secure a 5-4 win in the final game of the tournament.
Harding had 11 hits in the game, led by Brookelynn Moon went 3-for-3.
Hubbard (4-1) got the win for Harding, pitching five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and struck out four.
Harding will start Great American Conference action next weekend as they host Southern Nazarene in a four-game series starting Friday.
Berry ends Hendrix’s win streak
MOUNT BERRY, Ga. — For the second time this season, the Hendrix College women’s basketball team had a four-game winning streak ended by Southern Athletic Association foe Berry College. The Vikings (12-11, 5-7) ended the Warriors’ (11-12, 5-7) streak on Jan. 12 in Conway, and did it again on Sunday by the score of 63-58 at the Cage Center.
After Sunday, both Hendrix and Berry are tied for fifth in the SAA with two games to play before the conference tournament. The Vikings hold the tiebreaker over the Warriors.
Kriesel-Bigler led the Orange & Black with 17 points and pulled down six rebounds. Freshman guard Taylor Neal scored 11 points and freshman forward Anna King had nine points, nine boards and two blocks off the bench. Tate managed five points and 10 rebounds.
Hendrix will travel to Centre College for a league matchup on Friday night.
Vikings hold off Warriors
MOUNT BERRY, Ga. — The Hendrix College men’s basketball team suffered a 78-70 loss to Berry College in Southern Athletic Association competition at the Cage Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Warriors (10-13, 4-8) would trail by a large margin, catch back up, then trail again several times against the Vikings (5-18, 2-10). Hendrix is now in a tie with Sewanee for fifth place with two games to play before the SAA Tournament in Danville, Ky., beginning Feb. 28.
A three-point play by Warrior senior forward Colton Primm and a three-pointer from freshman guard Travis Garrett cut the deficit to 71-67 with 51 seconds left, but the Vikings made seven of eight free throws in the final minute to secure the win.
Sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski hit four three-pointers to lead the Orange & Black with 18 points. Primm recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 15 points and 11 boards and junior forward Luke Vance had 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Jordan Barrett added 10 points. Alec Conard and Garrett each had six points off the bench.
Hendrix will take on first place Center College in Danville, Ky., Friday night.
Harding opens spring at San Antonio shootout
SEARCY — The Harding men’s golf team will open the spring portion of its schedule Monday and Tuesday at the San Antonio Shootout, hosted by Oklahoma Christian University.
The tournament will be played at the TPC San Antonio, the same course that will host the PGA’s Valero Texas Open on Mar. 24-30.
Harding’s lineup for the tournament will include Lucas Collins, Alex Williamson, Jordan Perry, Nathan Kannenberg, and Kyle Evans.
Williamson was Harding’s top golfer in the fall. He averaged 74.8 strokes per round and tied for second at the NSU Golf Classic in September.
A-State’s Chavez finishes fourth in shot
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Senior Richard Chavez of the Arkansas State University indoor track and field team held his own against top field event competitors at the University of New Mexico’s Don Kirby Elite Invitational this past weekend (Feb. 14-15) in Albuquerque, N.M.
Chavez, a Clovis, N.M., native, earned fourth place among 27 participants in the shot put finals Saturday (Feb. 15) with a distance of 61-11.31/18.88m. This season, Chavez presently ranks sixth on the NCAA Division I Qualifying list after turning in a current conference-leading 65-09.75/20.06 at the season-opening ASU Kickoff Klassic (Dec. 1) in Jonesboro.
The Red Wolves will compete in the 2014 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship to be held Feb. 24-25 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.