Lady Lions struggles against NSU

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Fresh off its first win of the season on Saturday, the UAFS women’s basketball team couldn’t build off that momentum on Tuesday night, suffering a 77-39 nonconference loss to interstate rival Northeastern State at the NSU Events Center in Tahlequah, Okla.

UAFS (1-6), which was coming off a 59-58 Heartland Conference road win at McMurry on Saturday, struggled offensively, shooting a 24 percent from the field (24 for 59). The Lady Lions, who were held to a season-low in points, shot only 15 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (2 for 13) and shot only 53 percent from the free-throw line (9 for 17).

Freshman guard Sydney Franklin led the Lady Lions with seven points, while freshman forward Justyne Huber added six. Ten players in all scored for the Lady Lions, who were held to just 17 first-half points.

Northeastern State turned 13 UAFS turnovers into 25 points.

Lady Bisons stay unbeaten

SEARCY — The Harding women’s basketball team remained perfect on the season with a 64-61 victory at Christian Brothers on Tuesday in non-conference action. The Lady Bisons improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 on the road.

It was the first time since the 2008-09 season Harding has started the season 5-0.

Senior forward Kristen Celsor led all scoring with 16 points. She also had four of Harding’s 16 steals. Freshman guard A’ndrea Haney also had four steals along with a career-high seven assists.

Harding will have a big regional game on Friday as they host Central Missouri at the Rhodes Field House.

A-State earns road victory at Louisiana Tech

RUSTON, La. — Redshirt junior Hanna Qedan scored a career-high 26 points and redshirt sophomore Aundrea Gamble had 23 as the Arkansas State women’s basketball team snapped a 29-game losing streak to Louisiana Tech with a 91-68 victory at Thomas Assembly Center Monday night.

The victory was the first ever for the Red Wolves (4-1) in Ruston, La., and it marked Arkansas State’s first victory against Louisiana Tech since the 1991-92 season when the teams were both members of the Sun Belt Conference.

Jane Morrill and Jalen O’Bannon finished with nine points each, while Carlisha Wyatt had six points and seven rebounds.

The Red Wolves will travel to Cancun, Mexico, to participate in the Cancun Challenge Nov. 28-30.

Argos outlast Blossoms

MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team fell to West Florida (3-1) on Monday at home in non-conference action by a final score of 77-58.

Sophomores Tamia Grady and Jordan Goforth led the Blossoms with 21 and 16 points, respectively. Grady finished the game 9-for-12 from the field, while Goforth finished 5-for-10.

The Blossoms are back in action on Dec. 5 against Henderson State on the road.

Hot shooting sparks win over Ozarks

CLARKSVILLE — The Hendrix College women’s basketball team made 12 three-pointers - seven of which came from sophomore Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler - leading to an 81-67 win on the road at the University of the Ozarks on Tuesday night.

The Warriors’ (2-3) three-pointers made was tied for the sixth most in school history. Guare Kriesel-Bigler was one off her own school record of eight outside shots made, tied with Casey Collins. The Austin, Texas product was also one off her career-high, scoring 28 points to go with six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Senior center Jamie Tate scored 17 points and pulled down 23 rebounds, the third most in school history. The total was the fifth 20-plus rebound game of her career. Junior guard Kati Broberg also had a hot hand from outside, nailing a trio of three-pointers, good for 12 points. She also grabbed six points, tying her career best. Freshman guard Taylor Neal made two outside shots and had 12 points and four assists and freshman forward Anna King added 11 points.

Taylor Farmer led Ozarks with 14 points and eight rebounds. Anisha Johnson had 13 points and Jordana Andrews chipped in eight.

Hendrix will host Austin College on Saturday.


Eagles outlast Warriors in double overtime

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. - The Hendrix College men’s basketball team lost to the University of the Ozarks 86-83 in double overtime at Mabee Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

After trailing 40-29 at halftime, the Warriors (3-2) shot 65 percent (15-of-23) from the field and outscored the Eagles (2-1) 42-31 in the second half, forcing the extra period. Both teams scored nine in the first overtime, but Ozarks managed a 6-3 advantage in the final period. Freshman Travis Garrett’s three-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out to give the Eagles the victory.

Sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski led the Warriors with a career-high 19 points, going 4-of-5 from three-point territory. He also had seven rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal. Sophomore guard John Ogle recorded career-bests with 12 points and 11 boards, his first double-double. Senior forward Colton Primm scored 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting and sophomore guard Alec Conard had 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Junior forward Luke Vance added 10 points.

Ricky Allen led Ozarks with 34 points and five assists. Josh Ferrell scored 15 points and had four steals and Andrew Cummings chipped in 12 points. Ted Beard IV scored eight points and had eight rebounds off the bench.

Hendrix will take on Rust College in Memphis, Tenn. on Saturday.

Christian Brothers sink 18 OT free throws to down Harding

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Christian Brothers made 18 free throws in overtime and defeated Harding 85-76 on Tuesday in non-conference men’s basketball action at Canale Arena.

Harding fell to 2-3 overall as the teams split the two meetings this season. The Bisons defeated the Bucs 70-66 on Nov. 14 in Searcy.

The overtime period belonged to the Bucs (3-2). Despite attempting only one shot in overtime, Christian Brothers outscored Harding 21-12. Buc forward Sidy Sall missed two free throw attempts to open the overtime, and with the score tied at 66-66, Christian Brothers’ Ryan Fleming made a 3-pointer. In the game’s final 2:35, the Bucs made 18 consecutive free throws.

Jacob Gibson led Harding with a career-high 17 points. Nick Mason had a career-high 13 points, and sophomore Blake McNair also reached a career high with 10 points. Hayden Johnson, Harding’s leading scorer entering the game, did not score his first field goal until the 14:06 mark of the second half but finished with 11 points.

Harding’s very difficult non-conference schedule continues Friday as the Bisons take on Midwestern State in the Arkansas Tech Classic in Russellville.

Delta State holds off HSU’s rally

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State’s late second-half rally fell short as Delta State held off the Reddies 62-60, Tuesday at the Duke Wells Center.

Trailing 56-43 with 4:08 remaining in the game, Henderson State (4-3) mounted a furious charge outscoring the Statesmen 17-6 with Taylor Smith scoring 13 of his game-high 23 point during the run.

Delta State (6-1) had three players score in double-figures with Willie Readus leading the way with 19 points, while Madgen followed with 17.

Ronald Lawson was the only other Reddie to score in double-figures having 14 points, with Deoirvay Johnson adding 9.

The Reddies will next play host to Texas A&M Commerce on Saturday.

UALR pulls away in second half, defeats SAU

LITTLE ROCK – Leading 39-34 at halftime, UALR (2-3) used a 22 to 8 run over the first six minutes of the second half to pull away from Southern Arkansas (2-4) for a 90-58 win Tuesday at the Jack Stephens Center. Sophomore Josh Hagins led the Trojans with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor, including 4 of 4 from three-point range, while tallying a career-best matching eight assists.

Joining Hagins in double figures was senior Will Neighbour, who finished with 17 points and a career-best six steals. White added 16 points and six rebounds.

Hagins narrowly missed the double-double with a game-best eight assists against only one turnover.

UALR, winner of its last two games, returns to action Friday when it travels to Norman, Okla., to take on Oklahoma.

UAM’s defense shines in 15-point win

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team forced 20 turnovers, blocked five shots and limited Maryville to just six made field goals in the second half to defeat the Saints 77-62 at home on Tuesday night.

The game went back-and-forth in the first 10 minutes of the game with neither team holding more than a four-point lead until the Saints (3-2) used three straight three-pointers to take a nine-point lead at 26-17 at the 7:48 mark of the first half. That was Maryville’s largest lead of the game.

Wilson led all scorers with 20 points, while tying senior Dayton Mickens for the game-high in nine rebounds. senior Jared Harrison trailed closely with a season-high 19 points. Mickens added 11 points.

The Weevils return to Great American Conference play on Dec. 5 on the road against Henderson State.

Bears take down Troy

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Bears shook up their starting lineup Tuesday night against the Troy Trojans and it resulted in a hard-fought 60-53 victory at the Farris Center.

The win broke a three-game losing streak and sent the Bears into the Thanksgiving break with a 2-3 overall record and some much-needed confidence.

Williams, in his first start of the season, led the Bears with 13 points, while freshman Jalen Jackson and senior DeShone McClure added 12 each. Sophomore Daouda Berete had a game-high 9 rebounds and Jackson had a game-high 5 assists.

UCA heads to Manhattan, Kan., on Sunday to take on the Kansas State Wildcats.

Tech runs past Champion Baptist

RUSSELLVILLE — Marshawn Arnold led all players with 19 points, Marc Davin had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyler Friedel had 12 points after going 3-for-4 from three-point land as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (3-2, 1-0 GAC) defeated the Champion Baptist Tigers (1-12) Monday Night in Tucker Coliseum, 103-44.

Others in action for the Wonder Boys included Nick Wayman who scored 10 points with five boards, Willie Rogers who had 13 points with four rebounds, and Bryson Fletcher who added six points with three assists, two steals, and a block.

The Wonder Boys will host Northeastern State in Tucker Coliseum for their next match-up on Friday. Tech will also play Saturday.


Golden Suns face Minnesota Duluth in tourney

RUSSELLVILLE — The NCAA Division II women’s volleyball committee announced tonight the 64-team bracket for the NCAA Tournament and the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns are seeded eighth in the Central Region and are headed to Duluth, Minnesota to face Minnesota Duluth in the first round.

Arkansas Tech earned the Great American Conference automatic bid after winning the conference tournament last Saturday with a 3-0 sweep against conference rival, Harding University.

Tech enters as the No. 8 seed, while Minnesota Duluth enters as the No. 1 seed in the Central Region. The Golden Suns are 25-11 overall, while Minnesota Duluth is 31-2.

The two teams will square off on Thursday, Dec. 5.