Golden Suns defeat Southern Nazarene
RUSSELLVILLE — Sophomore Krisztina Velkey notched her first double-double of the season with 21 points and ten rebounds, freshman Danielle Frachiseur also notched her first double-double on the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and sophomore Caroline Eubanks earned her third double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (9-8, 5-6 GAC) held off the Southern Nazarene Savage Storm (8-10, 5-7 GAC) defense to take their fifth conference win 71-67 at Tucker Coliseum Saturday night.
The Golden Suns will play Southwestern Oklahoma on Feb. 6 at Tucker Coliseum.
Lady Chaps Rally Past Lady Lions
FORT SMITH — UAFS enjoyed a halftime lead against unofficial Heartland Conference leader Lubbock Christian on Saturday, but the Lady Lions couldn’t complete their upset bid of the Lady Chaps at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Lubbock Christian (19-1, 14-0) shot 50 percent from the field and sank six of its 10 3-pointers in the final 20 minutes to post a 92-77 win against UAFS (6-14, 6-8) and remain undefeated against conference opponents.
Four Lady Lions scored in double-figures. Sophomore center Blandine N’Goran scored a career high 17 points, freshman guard Maddy Backus had 14 points and sophomore guard Chauntel Terry and freshman forward Justyne Huber had 10 points apiece.
A-State suffers first SBC road setback
Troy, Ala. — Arkansas State senior forward Jane Morrill became the 13th player to accumulate 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career, but her effort was not enough as the Red Wolves suffered their first Sun Belt Conference road loss of the year in an 83-65 setback against Troy Saturday afternoon at Trojan arena.
Morrill finished the game with six points and six rebounds, giving her 1,354 points and 502 rebounds in her four-year career at A-State. Jalen O’Bannon led the team with 12 points and nine rebounds. Hanna Qedan and Aundrea Gamble scored 10 points each in the loss.
Arkansas State will return to the Convocation Center for a matchup with Western Kentucky on Feb. 5.
Lady Reddies fall to Savage Storm
ARKADELPHIA — After winning eight straight home games to begin the season, Henderson State (12-7, 7-6) lost for the second consecutive game at home as Southeastern Oklahoma (12-6, 8-4) beat the Lady Reddies 74-66, Saturday at the Duke Wells Center.
Krystal Beachum led Henderson with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Sledge finished the game with 15 points and nine boards. Dulincia Keener led Henderson in rebounding with 12 boards to go along with nine points.
The Lady Reddies will next travel to Bethany, Okla. to face Southern Nazarene on Feb. 6.
Blossoms drop GAC road game at SWOSU
WEATHERFORD, Okla. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello (5-14, 1-12) completed the first half of a two-week road swing with a 72-46 loss on the road to Southwestern Oklahoma State (12-6, 9-3 GAC) on Saturday afternoon.
Jordan Goforth led the Blossoms with 16 points and also added a game-high eight rebounds.
The Blossoms return to action next Feb. 6 against Southeastern Oklahoma State.
UALR unable to convert for win
MOBILE, Ala. — With a chance to tie the its game at South Alabama (7-12, 5-4) with under a minute left, UALR (10-10, 5-5 SBC) missed its opportunity and let a potential season sweep against the Jaguars slip away.
Kiera Clark’s jumper rang off the rim, and South Alabama converted a basket at the other end to go back up four with 24 seconds left, sealing an eventual 61-56 victory over UALR at the Mitchell Center on Saturday afternoon.
Taylor Gault led UALR with 26 points — the second-highest total for her this year — and moved into a tie for fourth-place all-time at UALR in points.
All told, the afternoon featured 10 ties and eight lead changes.
For the first time since Jan. 8 and Jan. 11, UALR will now play two consecutive games at the Jack Stephens Center when Georgia State and Western Kentucky come to Little Rock next week.
Hendrix falls to Centre
CONWAY — Hendrix (7-11, 1-6) fell to Centre College 66-49 at Grove Gymnasium on Friday night.
The visiting Colonels (12-6, 6-1) remain in a first place tie with Rhodes in the Southern Athletic Association.
Sophomore point guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler led the Warriors with 13 points and four assists. Taylor Neal finished with 12 points and three assists. Senior center Jamie Tate recorded 10 points, 11 rebounds and tied her career-high with three blocked shots.
Hendrix will return to action on Sunday when they host Sewanee - The University of the South at 1 p.m.