BASKETBALL

Lady Reddies edge Lady Lions

FORT SMITH — UAFS freshman guard Maddy Backus and freshman forward Justyne Huber combined for 25 points, but that wasn’t enough for the Lady Lions on Saturday night in a 61-55 loss at the Duke Wells Center in Arkadelphia.

The loss kept the young Lady Lions searching for their first in win of the season. Henderson State (2-1) improved to 2-1 in the all-time series with UAFS (0-4), which began last season.

Backus, a former Mountainburg standout, scored a career-high 14 points, netting four of the Lady Lions’ six 3-pointers. Huber chipped in 11 points and made one 3-pointer.

Henderson just edged UAFS in the rebounding battle (44-43). Sophomore Blandine N’Goran just missed a double-double for UAFS, scoring eight points and 10 rebounds.

Angelique Sledge posted a double-double to lead the Lady Reddies, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Krystal Beachum also had 16 points, while Taylor Washington and Tiara Davis had 11 points apiece.

Blossom rally falls short in loss

ROLLA, Mo. — The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball erased a 12-point deficit to force a 63-all tie with just under five minutes in regulation, but the Missouri S&T Lady Miners (2-1) held on for a 79-74 victory over the Cotton Blossoms (2-1) on Saturday night at Billy Key Court.

Sophomore Jordan Goforth tied S&T’s Mia Wesley for the game-high with 23 points. Goforth finished the game 9-for-16 from the field, including 3-for-6 on three-pointers. Tamia Grady and freshman Poohnu Perry also reached double digits in scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The Blossoms return to the court next Nov. 21 at home against Southwestern Oklahoma State for the first Great American Conference game of the season.

Warriors open season with win

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Hendrix College men’s basketball team opened the 2013-14 campaign with an 88-80 victory over Fontbonne University at the Washington University Field House on Saturday night.

The Warriors (1-0) bult a 19-point lead after a three-pointer by sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski, making it 37-18 with 6:09 left in the first half. The Griffins (0-1) chipped away to make it a nine-point game at the break.

Senior forward Colton Primm led Hendrix with 19 points and seven rebounds. Junior forward Luke Vance tied his career-best with 17 points to go with seven boards and sophomore guard Alec Conard made three outside shots, en route to 17 points. Sophomore guard Jordan Barrett came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points.

Hendrix will take on Washington University today.

Hendrix’s women drop opener

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Hendrix College women’s basketball team opened the season with a 70-58 loss to Rust College (1-0) at the Rhodes Tip-Off Classic at Mallory-Hyde Gymnasium on Saturday.

Freshman guard Taylor Neal paced the Warriors (0-1) with 16 points and eight rebounds. Freshman forward Anna King had 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists and senior center Jamie Tate came down with 10 points and seven boards. Freshman guard Melanie Martin dished out four assists and had six steals, tied for 10th most in school history. Freshman guard Peyton Hurst chipped in nine points.

Hendrix will face Blackburn College today to conclude the Tip-Off Classic.

No. 25 Bisons place five in double figures in loss

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Senior guard Bryton Hobbs scored 27 points to lead No. 17 Northeastern State (3-0) to a 72-66 victory over No. 25 Harding on Saturday night at the NSU Event Center.

Harding (1-1) lost for the first time this season and had a tough shooting night. The Bisons shot 35 percent overall and made only 8-of-36 (22.2 percent) from 3-point range.

Harding had all five starters score in double figures led by senior Hayden Johnson’s 13 points. Tony Cochran, Weston Jameson and Jacob Gibson each scored 11 points, and Andraz Kavas had 10 points. Johnson and Gibson led Harding with nine rebounds each.

Harding returns home Tuesday to host Champion Baptist.

Wyoming hands Red Wolves first loss

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Wyoming’s hot shooting was more than the Arkansas State University men’s basketball team could handle as the Red Wolves were handed a decisive 85-64 loss by the Cowboys (2-1) this Saturday afternoon at UW’s Arena-Auditorium.

Senior guard Melvin Johnson III had 10 points in the opening frame to keep A-State’s (2-1) hopes alive and would go on to add 12 more in the second half en route to a game-high 22-points performance. Despite his offensive showing, the Red Wolves faced an uphill battle which would only grow higher as the first half progressed.

Senior forward Kirk Van Slyke was the only other Red Wolves’ player to reach double-figure scoring in the game with 13 points as A-State shot 35.7 percent (20-56) for the day. Senior guard Brandon Reed had eight points and sophomore guard Cameron Golden tallied seven points off the bench.

A-State concludes its two-game road swing out West this Monday (Nov. 18) evening as the Red Wolves visit the Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder, Colo.

Florida uses strong second half to down Trojans

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UALR (0-2) played No. 11/10 Florida (2-1) to a 27-27 tie over the first 20 minutes, but the Gators outscored the Trojans by 30 in the second half to earn an 86-56 win Saturday afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Senior Will Neighbour came off the bench to score a team-high 21 points and grab eight rebounds.

Sophomore James White scored 16 points, grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and blocked two shots in 28 minutes of work. Junior J.T. Thomas scored eight points while sophomore Josh Hagins chipped in six points and three assists.

Casey Prather led four Gators in double figures with 27 points on 10-of-11 shooting. Dorian Finney-Smith came off the bench to score 17 points thanks in part to a 3-of-4 shooting effort from three-point range.

UALR will return to the court Monday night when it takes on Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Weevils cruise to win in home openeer

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello (2-1) men’s basketball eclipsed the 100-point mark in scoring for the first time since the 2011-12 season in a 101-51 victory over Champion Baptist College on Saturday in the team’s first home game of the 2013-14 season.

All 12 of UAM’s active players recorded at least 12 minutes played in the win, and all 12 scored at least four points. Senior Brandon Wilson led the Weevils with 16 points in 17 minutes of action.

Junior Tre Wells, junior Jordan Weaver and sophomore Ryan Lensing all reached double-digits in scoring with 11, 10 and 10 points, respectively. Senior Lonnie Cottrell led all players with nine rebounds and also added seven points. Junior Kenric McCants added seven assists and eight points.

The Boll Weevils return to the court Nov. 21 at home in the Great American Conference opener against Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Reddies win in overtime

Henderson State’s Reggie Murphy saved his best for the end as he scored six of his eight points in overtime to lead the Reddies (3-0) to a 93-87 overtime win over Rogers State (1-2), Friday at the Arkansas-Fort Smith Classic.

Henderson State was led in scoring by Melvin Haynes’ 24 points, while Aaron Harwell and Taylor Smith added 15 point each with Johnson having 12.

Damien Hooks led the Hillcats with a game-high 29 points and registered a double-double having 12 rebounds.

Murphy led Henderson State in rebounding with 9 boards.

CROSS COUNTRY

Hendrix wraps up season at regional

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The 2013 season for the Hendrix College men’s and women’s cross country teams came to a cloase at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional on Saturday.

Sophomore Jeffrey Scott was the lone men’s Warrior paricipant, finishing 69th with a season-best 8k time of 27:16.11.

The Hendrix women finished 24th on the 6k course. Junior Nicholle Cromwell shaved 13 seconds off her previous best, placing 103rd in 25:33.04.