Lady Reddies remain unbeaten at home

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State remained unbeaten at the Duke Wells Center as the Lady Reddies beat Southern Arkansas 98-87 Tuesday.

The Lady Reddies (10-5, 5-4 GAC) ran their record to 7-0 this season at home.

Aungelique Sledge ended the game with 34 points including 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. The junior from West Helena went over the 30-point mark for the sixth time this season.

Tiara Davis was strong off the bench going 11-of-15 from the field and ended with 22 points and 7 rebounds.

Krystal Beachum also scored in double-figures with 15 points along with 8 rebounds.

Jasmine Settles scored 12 points in the first-half and ended the game with 14 points along with 5 assists.

Henderson State had an incredible 23 assists with Taylor Washington having a team-best seven to go along with six points.

Chanel Miller had a career-high 34 points for Southern Arkansas.

Henderson State will next play host to Ouachita Baptist in the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine on Thursday.

Blossoms fall to Ouachita on the road

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist had 21 offensive rebounds and 21 second chance points leading to an 82-68 win over the University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team on Tuesday night inside Bill Vining Arena.

Overall, Ouachita (4-11, 2-7 GAC) outrebounded UAM (5-10, 1-8 GAC) 47-30 and outscored the Blossoms 43-34 in the second half after leading by five at halftime.

Sophomores Jordan Goforth and Tamia Grady each had a game-high 22 points. Goforth was 8-for-12 from the field, while Grady aided her point total with a 14-for-16 performance at the foul line. It was Grady’s seventh game of the season with at least 20 points and Goforth’s sixth.

Elise Holman led Ouachita with 16 points. Nashia James added 15.

The Blossoms are back in action on Thursday night on the road against Southern Arkansas.

Harding remains at No. 6 in coaches’ poll

SEARCY - After a 3-0 week, the Harding women’s basketball team stayed at No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports Coaches’ Poll released on Tuesday. It’s the second straight week the Lady Bisons have been ranked sixth.

Harding cracked the top 10 in the poll in the Jan. 7th poll as they were ranked eighth. The Lady Bisons have also been ranked 12th, 15th and 19th.

The Lady Bisons have started their season with a 17-0 overall record and are 9-0 in the Great American Conference. It is the first time in school history Harding has started 17-0.

Harding is one of only five teams in the top 25 that is still undefeated. They are all ranked in the top six.

The Lady Bisons will be looking to continue their winning streak on Thursday as they travel to Arkansas Tech.


Weevils hang on for road win

ARKADELPHIA — The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team held off a late push from Ouachita Baptist (5-10, 2-7 GAC) in a 63-59 road victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night inside Bill Vining Arena.

After a back-and-forth first 16 minutes of the first half, UAM (12-5, 5-4 GAC) erased a five-point deficit and used an 11-2 scoring run to close out the half to hold a 31-28 advantage at the break.

Senior Brandon Wilson tied OBU’s Michael Delph for the game-high in scoring at 21 points. Wilson also had seven rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots in the win. Senior Dayton Mickens added 17 points and five boards. Junior Kenric McCants turned in his best performance of the season with 15 points and eight rebounds.

The Weevils are back in action Thursday night on the road against Southern Arkansas.


Harding’s Westbrook earns honorable mention honors

SEARCY — Harding junior fullback Romo Westbrook received honorable mention honors Tuesday on the 2013 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team. It was the second All-America team listing Westbrook among its honorees. He was also named 2nd Team All-America by Beyond Sports Network.

It is the second straight season Westbrook was on the Don Hansen honorable mention All-America list.

Westbrook, a 5-foot-9, 200-pound junior from Marion, Ark., earned 1st Team All-Great American Conference honors after rushing for a conference-best 1,123 yards. It was the fourth-most rushing yards ever by a Harding player in a single season. Westbrook also tied for the team lead with 12 rushing touchdowns and rushed for over 100 yards in a game five times, including four straight.

Johnson joins A-State as safeties coach

JONESBORO — Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson has announced that Allen Johnson has been named the Red Wolves’ safeties coach.

Johnson brings over 15 years coaching experience at both the collegiate and high school levels with him to A-State, most recently spending the last three seasons at Lamar University as the assistant head coach from 2012-13 and the defensive coordinator in 2011, while also overseeing the secondary all three years.

Johnson was part of Lamar’s coaching staff charged with reviving a program that took the field in 2010 for the first time since 1989. Competing in the NCAA FCS as a Southland Conference (SLC) member, the Cardinals led the league in both pass defense and pass efficiency defense in 2012 and 2013 with Johnson serving as the secondary coach.

Not only did Lamar’s secondary function as one of the top units in the SLC, the group boasted several players that were recognized for their individual efforts under the direction of Johnson. Safety Chad Allen and cornerbacks Branden Thomas and Tyrus McGlothen were All-Southland Conference choices during their career. McGlothen earned first team recognition in 2013 when he posted 81 tackles, seven tackles for loss, one sack and a fumble recovery.

Arkansas native becomes A-State’s D-line coach

JONESBORO — Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson has announced Monticello, Ark., native Brian Early has been named the Red Wolves’ defensive line coach.

With previous coaching stops at Central Arkansas, Arkansas-Monticello and three Arkansas high schools, Early brings deep ties to the state with him after most recently serving as the University of Arkansas Defensive Quality Control Coach in 2013. His journey to Arkansas State also included a stop on the coaching staff at Minnesota State-Mankato.

Early has coached or recruited eight All-Americans, two conference players of the year and three NFL Draft picks in his career that spans over 18 years, including 10 at the collegiate level.

Prior to joining the Arkansas staff, Early spent the previous four years as defensive coordinator at Fayetteville High School, where he helped the Bulldogs to three straight 7A state championship game appearances and back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. The 2011 and 2012 Fayetteville teams were ranked in the top 50 nationally by MaxPreps.

His 2012 Fayetteville defense included Brooks Ellis, a two-time Arkansas High School Defensive Player of the Year, and Alex Brignoni, whose 19 career interceptions ranked first in the state’s largest classification.

Early went to Fayetteville High School after coaching defensive line for four years and linebackers for one year while also serving as special teams co-coordinator at Central Arkansas. In his time with UCA, the Bears won two conference championships in two different classifications, taking the Division II Gulf South crown in 2005 and the FBS Southland Conference title in 2008.