Hilltoppers halt Lady Lions

FORT SMITH — St. Edward’s held UAFS to 33-percent shooting from the field on Saturday as the Hilltoppers snapped the Lady Lions’ winning streak with a 70-66 Heartland Conference win at the Stubblefield Center.

UAFS (5-13, 5-7) had won two games in a row entering the conference encounter. St. Edward’s (12-5, 7-4) swept the regular-season series with UAFS, having beaten the Lady Lions 64-60 on Nov. 21 in Austin, Texas.

Sophomore guard Chauntel Terry came off the bench to led UAFS in scoring with 14 points, while freshman guard Maddy Backus (Mountainburg) chipped in 13 points with all but three points coming at the free-throw line where she was 10-for-12 shooting.

Sophomore guard Candice Followwell and Terry each had a team-high seven rebounds to lead UAFS, which was out-rebounded by two rebounds (42-40).

A-State defeats UALR

JONESBORO — Sophomore guard Aundrea Gamble scored a game-high 27 points and senior forward Jane Morrill added 10 points and seven rebounds to lead the Red Wolves (12-7. 6-1) to a 77-44 Sun Belt Conference victory over Arkansas-Little Rock (9-9, 4-4) Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

Nine of the 10 players that played in the first half scored for A-State.

This was A-State’s fourth largest victory over UALR since the 1999-00 when Arkansas State had a 33-points (82-49) victory over the Trojans at the Convocation Center. It was also the fourth largest victory in the series for A-State, who now leads the overall series 44-14.

UALR was led by Shanity James’ 10 points and nine rebounds.

Arkansas State will next play a road match-up with Louisiana-Monroe on Jan. 29.

UALR heads back to Little Rock next for a midweek showdown with Louisiana.

Blossoms fall to Lady Reddies at home

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello (5-12, 1-10) opened the second half of the Great American Conference schedule of games with a 74-66 loss to Henderson State (12-5, 7-4) at home on Saturday afternoon.

Tamia Grady led UAM with 18 points. Jordan Goforth followed with 15 and Nikki Mullen added 13.

HSU’s Dunlicia Keener led all scorers with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds.

The Blossoms are back in action Jan. 30 on the road against Northwestern Oklahoma State.

Henderson State will next play host to East Central on Jan. 30.

East Central topples Harding in OT

ADA, Okla. — The sixth-ranked Harding couldn’t get its last second shot to fall as they dropped their first game of the year in a 61-60 overtime loss at East Central on Saturday afternoon in Great American Conference action. The loss snaps an 18 game winning streak.

The Lady Bisons fell to 18-1 on the season a 10-1 in the GAC. East Central improves to 11-6 overall and 5-5 in the GAC.

The Lady Bisons were led by Shana Holmes who had 13 points, scoring eight of her points in overtime. A’ndrea Haney had 10 points, hitting 4-of-6 free throws.

East Central was led by Erin Walling who had 20 points making 7-of-16 from the field.

Harding will be back in action on Jan. 30 as they host Southern Nazarene.

Hendrix falls to Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM — The Hendrix College (7-9, 1-4) lost a Southern Athletic Association road game, 55-43, to Birmingham-Southern College (7-9, 3-2) at Bill Battle Coliseum on Friday night.

Sophomore point guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler scored 13 points and 5-of-20 shooting to lead the Warriors in scoring. Sophomore forward Katy Gallien had season-bests with nine points, five rebounds and three steals. Freshman forward Anna King came off the bench to score eight points and pull down nine boards. Senior center Jamie Tate scored four points and grabbed 13 rebounds, her ninth consecutive game with double-digit boards.

Hendrix will take on Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., for another league showdown on Sunday.


Lions rally past Hilltoppers

FORT SMITH — UAFS took care of business on Saturday against the St. Edward’s Hilltoppers and kept pace in its quest for a Heartland Conference championship.

The Lions rallied from 10-point, second-half deficit to beat the Hilltoppers 77-72 at the Stubblefield Center.

After starting conference play with two consecutive road losses, the preseason favorite Lions have now won seven games in a row. UAFS (14-3, 7-2) moved into sole possession of second place.

Jake Toupal scored 15 of his team high 21 points in the second half. He was 6-for-15 shooting from the field – 3-for-6 shooting from 3-point range – and 6-for-6 shooting at the free-throw line.

He was one of four Lions to score in double-figures. Sophomore forward Kenny Martin, freshman guard Seth Youngblood and junior forward Miha Glavas each had 10 points for the Lions, who shot 43 percent (25 for 58) from the field.

Senior forward Bo Franklin just missed a double-double, finishing with eight points and nine rebounds.

Wells sparks UAM to overtime win

MONTICELLO – Junior Tre Wells gave the University of Arkansas at Monticello 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots in 18 minutes off the bench to lead the Weevils (13-6, 6-5 GAC) to their first overtime victory of the season in a 75-72 win over Henderson State (8-11, 4-7 GAC) on Saturday at home.

Saturday’s game marked the third overtime game of the season for UAM and the second straight game decided in an extra five minutes.

Senior Brandon Wilson led all scorers with 19 points. Wells followed with 16. Senior Dayton Mickens followed with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Melvin Haynes led the Reddies with 17 points. Ronald Lawson added a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Weevils are back in action Jan. 30 on the road against Northwestern Oklahoma State to start a four-game road swing, all in the state of Oklahoma.

Henderson State will next play host to East Central on Jan. 30.

Lumberjacks dismantle Bears

CONWAY — The league-leading Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks overcame Central Arkansas’ 9-0 run to start the game and pulled away for a 66-49 victory in Southland Conference action at the Farris Center on Saturday.

The Bears (4-14, 1-6) jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game but the Lumberjacks (18-2, 7-0) closed that gap over the next five minutes.

UCA senior guard LaQuentin Miles, who finished with his average of 23 points, had 11 in the first half.

The Bears hit the road next week to face McNeese State on Jan. 30 in Lake Charles, La., and Nicholls on Feb. 1 in Thibodaux, La.

Gibson sets school record in Harding loss

ADA, Okla. — Harding’s Jacob Gibson set a school record with nine 3-pointers and scored 35 points, but a 3-pointer by East Central’s Chris Fisher with 20 seconds remaining broke a tie and led to the Tigers 74-69 victory over the Bisons (9-8, 6-5 GAC) on Saturday.

The Tigers (11-6, 8-3) are alone in second place in the conference standings.

Gibson connected on 9-of-17 3-pointers. His 35 points were one off of his career high of 36 set earlier this season against Henderson State. He made eight 3-pointers in that game.

Will Francis added 15 points for Harding.

Panthers defeat Warriors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Hendrix College (7-9, 1-4) team lost 83-50 at Birmingham-Southern College (9-6, 3-2) in Southern Athletic Association play on Friday night.

Hendrix senior forward Colton Primm registered his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, seven of which were offensive. Freshman post player Gearen Littlefield recorded a season-high 10 points and six rebounds off the bench. Sophomore guard Jordan Barrett had nine points and Hank Aldous and Luke Vance added six points each.

Hendrix will travel to Jackson, Miss., for a conference game with Millsaps College on Sunday.