Lady Lions rout War Hawks
FORT SMITH — Only a few days after posting its most lopsided win of the season, the UAFS women’s basketball team repeated the feat once again on Thursday night against McMurry (2-14, 2-8).
Four players scored in double-figures as the Lady Lions routed the War Hawks 68-48 in Heartland Conference play at the Stubblefield Center.
UAFS (5-12, 5-6) also win its second game in a row. The Lady Lions were coming off a 17-point conference win against the Rogers State Hillcats on Saturday at the Claremore Expo Center in Claremore, Okla.
Sophomore guard Brittany Holbert had 15 points to lead UAFS, which led 31-21 at halftime. Freshman forward Justyne Huber had 12 points, while freshman guard Maddy Backus and sophomore guard Chauntel Terry had 11 points apiece.
Forward Keshia Collins had 11 points to lead the War Hawks. She topped off her double-double with 10 rebounds.
UAFS will resume its homestand at 1 p.m. on Saturday when it hosts St. Edward’s at the Stubblefield Center.
Turnovers plague Blossoms in road loss
MAGNOLIA — The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team gave up 21 points off 20 turnovers in a 79-55 loss to Southern Arkansas on Thursday night at the W.T. Watson Athletic Center.
Sophomores Tamia Grady, Jordan Goforth and Nikki Mullen led UAM in scoring.Grady had 17 points, Goforth had 16 and Mullen had 11.
SAU placed five scorers in double-digits, led by Barvion Wyatt’s game-high 18 points.
Harding routs Arkansas Tech
SEARCY — Senior forward Kristen Celsor scored 24 points to lead the sixth ranked Harding women’s basketball team to an 87-52 win at Arkansas Tech on Thursday in Great American Conference action. The Lady Bisons improved to 18-0 overall and 10-0 in the GAC.
Arkansas Tech (8-7, 4-5) suffered its worst home loss in program history. Harding is now 2-1 in Russellville over the last three years.
Celsor made her 500th career field goal in the game as she went 10-of-14 from the field. She also made two 3-pointers. Junior forward Arielle Saunders captured her 21st career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lady Bisons had 11 steals led by junior guard Shana Holmes who had four. Holmes also finished with 13 points, hitting 4-of-9 field goals.
Harding forced 16 Arkansas Tech turnovers in the game.
Arkansas Tech was led by junior forward Jacinda Myers-Sanders who had 14 points. Sophomore Cara Neighbors added 11 points and three assists, and freshman Anissa Pounds chipped in 10.
The Lady Bisons will wrap up their three game road trip on Saturday as they travel to Ada, Okla., to face East Central at 2 p.m.
Lady Reddies defeat OBU
ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State put on a dominating performance as the Lady Reddies (11-5, 6-4 GAC) cruised to a 78-49 win over Ouachita Baptist (4-12, 2-8) in the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine, Thursday at the Duke Wells Center.
Henderson State remained perfect at home as the Lady Reddies improved to 8-0 in the Duke Wells Center.
Henderson scored 26 points in the paint off of some nifty assists by Taylor Washington and Aungelique Sledge.
Tiara Davis recorded her second double-double of the year having 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Sledge ended with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
Krystal Beachum had another strong performance scoring 17 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. Washington ended the game with 8 points while compiling 5 assists.
Henderson State will next travel to Monticello on Saturday to face Arkansas-Monticello with tip-off set for 2 p.m.
Lions keep streak alive
FORT SMITH — UAFS held McMurry to just 26 points in the second half on Thursday night to pull away for a 75-66 Heartland Conference win at the Stubblefield Center.
After starting the conference season with consecutive road losses, the Lions (13-3, 6-2) have become the hottest team in the league, winning six consecutive games to climb back into contention for a second consecutive, regular season conference title.
UAFS will look to extend that streak and sweep its two-game homestand at 3 p.m. on Saturday when it hosts St. Edward’s at the Stubblefield Center.
It was the only meeting of the season between UAFS and McMurry (8-9, 3-5), which is a provisional member of NCAA Division II.
Junior guard Blake Branham provided a spark for the Lions off the bench with 18 points, while sophomore forward Kenny Martin had 15, freshman guard Alex Cooper had 13 and senior guard Xavier McClish had 10.
Martin topped off his double-double with 13 rebounds, and junior forward Miha Glavas just missed a double-double with 12 rebounds and eight points.
Hatchett buries Harding at FT line
RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech’s Bobby Hatchett made two free throws with less than a second left in the game to give the Wonder Boys a 63-62 victory over Harding in Great American Conference action at Tucker Coliseum.
Harding had retaken the lead with five seconds left when Weston Jameson made the first of two free throws. Jameson’s second free throw was short, and Tech raced up the court. Hatchett left his shot short but a whistle as the horn sounded sent Hatchett to the foul line where he made both.
Harding fell to 9-7 overall and 6-4 in GAC action. Tech improved to 11-6 overall and 6-3 in the GAC.
Jacob Gibson led Harding with 17 points. Weston Jameson made four 3-pointers and scored 13, and Hayden Johnson added 10 points.
Hatchett led Tech with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Tech’s Marshawn Arnold and Tyler Friedel went a combined 11-of-15 from the field to each score 14 points, with Friedel going 4-for-6 from three-point land. Hatchett added a team-high nine rebounds to finish one point shy of a double-double (18pts, 9rebs). Kendell Pinkney contributed with five assists, two steals, and two points.
The Wonder Boys will return to action on Sunday in Durant, Okla., to face Southeastern Oklahoma.
Harding is back in action Saturday at East Central (Ada, Okla.)
Smith leads UALR in strong second half
LITTLE ROCK – In a back-and-forth contest that featured 11 ties and 13 lead changes UALR (10-9, 5-2 Sun Belt Conference), led by 15 second half points from junior DeVonte Smith, was able to hold off Texas State (5-14, 1-5 SBC) for a 69-64 win in the Jack Stephens Center.
Smith, who scored two points in the first half, finished the contest with 17 points.
Will Neighbour’s 21 points marked the 19th consecutive time he has reached double figures in scoring and his eighth 20-point night of the season. Junior Gus Leeper, who didn’t score in the first half, tallied a season-best 11 points going 5 of 5 from the charity stripe in the second half.
Sophomore Josh Hagins scored six and dished out three assists while blocking three shots in a winning effort. Dillard hit both of his 3-point attempts and finished with eight points and three rebounds.
The Trojans will be back on the hardwood on Saturday at 7:05 pm when they travel to Jonesboro, Ark. for their showdown with rival Arkansas State.
Missed free throws doom Weevils in OT
MAGNOLIA — UAM (12-6, 5-5 GAC) missed 19 free throw attempts resulting in a 99-97 overtime loss to Southern Arkansas (7-8, 4-6 GAC) on Thursday inside the W.T. Watson Athletic Center.
UAM posted five scorers in double-digits, led by Jared Harrison’s 21 points. Senior Brandon Wilson finished with 19, senior Dayton Mickens had 17, junior Sharif Hudson had 16 and junior Kenric McCants had 14.
SAU’s Alre’k Brown led all scorers with 28 points.
The Weevils are back in action on Saturday at home against Henderson State.
Free throws carry Demons past Bears
CONWAY — Northwestern State’s Jalan West scored 28 points and the Demons made 31 of 37 at the free-throw line to beat the University of Central Arkansas Bears 76-68 in Southland Conference play on Thursday night at the Farris Center.
UCA senior guard LaQuentin Miles became the 21st player in UCA history to score 1,000 career points, finishing with a team-high 23 points. He is the first to reach that milestone since Marcus Pillow in 2009.
The Bears (4-13, 1-5) were as close as one point at 57-56 on a jumper by Miles with nine minutes left. But the Demons (6-11, 2-4), the preseason SLC favorites, connected on 12 of 13 free throws from there to pull away down the stretch.
The Bears continue their homestand with a 4 p.m. tipoff against league-leader Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.
Delph’s jumper lifts OBU past Henderson State
ARKADELPHIA — Micah Delph’s 15-foot jumper with 3 seconds left to play, lifted Ouachita Baptist to a 61-59 win over Henderson State, Thursday in the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine at the Duke Wells Center.
In a game that had nine ties and nine lead changes, Henderson State built a 28-23 lead at the half with the help of Brian Umoru’s 7 points including a 5-for-5 effort at the foul line.
The Reddies (8-10, 4-6 GAC) dominated the boards in the half grabbing 22 rebounds compared to 13 for the Tigers. However, the Reddies were plagued with 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
OBU (6-10, 3-7 GAC) was led by Colt Fason, who ended the night with a game-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds.
Kevin Kozan led the Reddies with 14 points including four 3-point field goals, while Murphy had 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Melvin Haynes also finished in double-figures with 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting.
Henderson State will hit the road Saturday as the Reddies travel to Monticello, Ark. to face Arkansas-Monticello