BASKETBALL

Weevils open season at Delta Challenge

MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team heads to Cleveland, Miss. this weekend to open the 2013-14 regular season at the Down in the Delta Challenge, hosted by Delta State University.

The Weevils’ first game is Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against Eckerd University. On Sunday, UAM faces off against Florida Southern.

Both of UAM’s opponents, representing the Sunshine State Conference (NCAA Division II), qualified for the NCAA Division II national tournament last season.

The Weevils, picked to finish fourth in the Great American Conference, finished last season at 16-11 overall and 11-9 in the GAC.

Live stats of both games are available courtesy of the Delta State Department of Athletics. Links are available at uamsports.com and gostatesmen.com.

Blossoms begin season at home

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team is set to open the 2013-14 regular season on Saturday at home against Lindenwood University.

Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. inside Steelman Field House. Live stats and live streaming video will be available at uamsports.com.

The Lions, representing the Mid America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (NCAA Division II), posted a 4-22 overall record last season with a 1-17 mark in MIAA games. UAM went 6-21 overall last year and 3-17 in Great American Conference games.

This is the first ever meeting between the two institutions in women’s basketball.

Johnson, Haynes lead Reddies to season-opening win

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Deoirvay Johnson scored 24 points and Melvin Haynes added 21 as Henderson State opened its season with an 84-79 win over Southwest Baptist, Friday in Bolivar, Mo.

Johnson, who returned to the court after sitting out last season, scored 17 points in the first-half and was a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc.

The senior from Fort Worth, Texas ended the game hitting 8-of-13 shots from the field and was 3-for-4 from the foul line to lead the Reddies.

Haynes (Akron, Ohio) was equally effective hitting of 5-of-10 shots from the field, 8-for-8 from the charity stripe while also grabbing 5 defensive rebounds and dishing out 6 assists.

Junior Taylor Smith (Kensett, Ark.) scored 13 points and had 5 assists, while freshman Kevin Kozan (New Lenox, Ill.) had 13 points including three treys.

Henderson State will conclude its play at the Southwest Baptist Classic with a Saturday game against Lincoln University at 5:30 p.m. Lincoln lost to Arkansas Tech 99-63 earlier in the day.

Bisons spoil Lady Lions opener

FORT SMITH — Harding held UAFS to just 32-percent shooting from the field on its way to a 77-54 win Friday on the opening night of the Lady Lions Classic at the Stubblefield Center.

It was the season-opener for UAFS (0-1), which will play West Texas A&M (1-0) at 2 p.m. today in the classic finale. Harding (1-0) will play Northeastern State (0-1).

UAFS made just 20 of 63 shots from the field – it was only 4-for-22 shooting from 3-point range – and made just 10 of 18 shots from the free-throw line (57 percent). Freshman forward Justyne Huber led UAFS with 13 points, while sophomore guard Danielle McFadden had 10.

The Lady Lions also lost the rebounding battle, too. Harding out-rebounded UAFS by 15 rebounds (51-36) and collected 13 offensive rebounds. Huber led UAFS with five rebounds.

Shana Holmes led Harding, which led 32-18 at halftime, with 14 points, Kristen Celsor had 12 points and D. Isaac-Boyce had 11 points. Arielle Saunders led the Bisons with 15 rebounds.

In the early game, West Texas A&M beat Northeastern State 64-55.

Wonder Boys win season opener on road

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Darrick Little led all players with 18 points, Marshawn Arnold and Clarence Willard added 11 points each, and Tyler Friedel scored 10 points as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (1-1, 0-0 GAC) basketball team won their season opener 99-63 over Lincoln University in Bolivar, Missouri at the Southwest Baptist Classic on Friday.

The Wonder Boys shot an impressive 51.7% (15-of-29) from the field in their first half of the season while holding Lincoln to just 32.3% (10-of-31). The Wonder Boys ended the half on another 7-0 run to take the 44-32 halftime lead.

The second half was controlled by the Wonder Boys as they held the Blue Tigers scoreless for over three minutes while scoring 11 points of their own.

Tech will face host-team Southwest Baptist tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in Bolivar, Missouri as they look to return home with a 2-0 record. Their home opener is on Saturday, November 16 against Mid-America Christian at 10:30 a.m.

Suns rout Central Baptist

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Cara Neighbors led all players with 21 points, freshman Anna Lea Little added 19 points after hitting five 3-pointers, freshman Mary Crow added 12 points, while juniors Jacinda Myers-Sanders and Jae Tucker each scored 10 points as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (1-0) picked up a 104-41 win over Central Baptist (1-2) on Friday at Tucker Coliseum.

Tech started the game on a 6-0 run, and did not look back, pushing its lead to 17 (25-8) after the first three of the game by Little at the 7:36 mark of the first half.

The Golden Suns led by as many as 30 (43-13) in the closing minutes of the first half before going into the break with a 43-15 lead.

Crow led Tech with seven rebounds and five steals, while Neighbors and Anissa Pounds both dished out three assists.

The Golden Suns will return to action on Nov. 11, hosting Crowley’s Ridge College at Tucker Coliseum.

VOLLEYBALL

Begic sets new single-season record

ATLANTA — Junior Edina Begic broke the 10-year old single-season kill record of Ivana Vracar in the fourth set as UALR (20-7, 12-3 Sun Belt Conference) completed the regular season sweep of Georgia State (9-19, 4-10 SBC) Friday night (Nov. 8) with a 25-20, 25-16, 13-25, 25-20 in Atlanta.

Begic recorded her 565th kill on a shot to push UALR to a 13-11 edge in the final set of the match. She finished with 19 kills against GSU and now has 568 kills for the season, the sixth most during the rally scoring era (2001-present) in SBC history.

Also individually for UALR, sophomore Sonja Milanovic equaled Begic with 19 kills. Junior Marleen de Zoete added a match best 46 assists while freshman Kelsey Leech had 21 digs for the second-straight match. Redshirt freshman Carolee Dillard added eight rejections, finishing the season with 20 blocks in nine sets against the Panthers (2.22 blocks per set).

Begic finished off the double-double with 13 digs.

UALR returns to action Sunday when it travels to Bowling Green, Ky., to take on Western Kentucky.

A-State falls to Troy

TROY, Ala. — The Arkansas State volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (23-25, 31-29, 25-23, 25-22) decision to conference foe Troy (10-19, 5-10 SBC) at Trojan Arena Friday night.

Kendal Davis led A-State (11-19, 6-9 SBC) with 16 kills, while Sadie Clark and Kelsey Sullivan also registered double-digit kills with 11 each. Mallory Warrington handed out 46 assists to pace the Red Wolves and added 10 digs to earn her fourth double-double of the season. Defensively, Megan Baska led Arkansas State with 13 digs, while Sullivan led the Red Wolves with five total blocks.

A-State returns to action Saturday night in Atlanta, Ga. against the Georgia State Panthers.

Hendrix holds off Rhodes, advances to semis

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. - The Hendrix College volleyball team held off Rhodes College 25-20, 24-26, 25-21, 22-25, 17-15 in the first round of the Southern Athletic Association Tournament at the Cage Center Friday afternoon.

The third-seeded Warriors (19-11) held off two match points in the fifth set to advance to Saturday’s semi-final match with No. 7 Sewanee at 1 p.m.

Freshman right side Natalie Masten led the Warriors with a season-best 18 kills and freshman middle Grace Griffin had 14 kills, a season high. Senior outside hitter Katie Burchfield recorded a double-double with 17 kills and 21 digs to go with a pair of aces. Freshman outside MC Rogers had 10 kills and five blocks. Defensively, sophomore libero Felicia Beeman had a career-high 32 digs and freshman Leila Matsumoto came up with 13 digs. Senior setter Zoe Calhoun had 28 assists and freshman Allison Gaia recorded 26.

SOCCER

Lady Bisons advance to GAC finals

WEATHERFORD, Okla. — The Harding women’s soccer team defeated Ouachita Baptist 1-0 in the Great American Conference Tournament Semifinals on Friday at the Southwestern Oklahoma Soccer Complex.

The Lady Bisons (8-8-1) advance to finals on Sunday at 1 p.m., as they will face the winner of the Southwestern Oklahoma–East Central game.

It was Harding’s sixth straight win and its first win at the GAC Tournament.

In the 13th minute, senior forward Jenna Taylor found sophomore midfielder Melissa Minnich in the box. Minnich beat the Ouachita Baptist goalkeeper one-on-one to get her second career game-winning goal. It was her third goal this season.

Ouachita Baptist (11-6-1) took 16 shots in the second half and finished with 25. Sophomore forward Hayley Hatcher led OBU with 10 shots. The Tigers only had four shots on goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Miller recorded her fifth career shutout, all come this season.

Rhodes ends Hendrix’ season

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Hendrix College women’s soccer season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to Rhodes College in the first round of the Southern Athletic Association Tournament on Friday night.

The third-seeded Lynx (14-4-1) outshot the #6 Warriors (6-9-3) 16-5 overall and 9-3 on goal.

Shann Donaelson scored for Rhodes in the 19th minute. Addie Fargason added a goal in the 43rd minute and Nicolette Glidden scored with five seconds left in the first half to give the Lynx the 3-0 win.

Sophomore midfielder/forward Samantha Lallas took four shots, three of which were on goal, for Hendrix. Freshman defender Savannah Maensivu also recorded a shot.

Sophomore keeper Rachel Zweig had six saves in goal for the Warriors. Chandler Kuhlman had three saves in 30 minutes for the Lynx.

Warriors season ends against Majors

CONWAY — The Hendrix College men’s soccer season came to end with a 1-0 loss to Millsaps College in the first round of the Southern Athletic Association Tournament at Warrior Field Friday afternoon.

The eighth-seeded Warriors finish the year 5-11-3, while the top-seeded Majors improve to 11-5-2 and advance to the semi-finals on Saturday.

Millsaps outshot Hendrix 26-7 overall and 9-1 for the game.

Chucky Hayden scored the only goal on an assist from Nico Roth in the 41st minute.

Sophomore midfielder Jacob Pierce took four shots for the Warriors, while junior defender Greg Gandy, sophomore midfielder C.J. Thompson and freshman midfielder Kolton Williams each had one.

In goal, sophomore Marco Luna recorded eight saves for Hendrix. Jonathan Huebbe had one for Millsaps.

SWIMMING

UALR has huge lead over Maryville, trails Billikens

ST. LOUIS — Senior Holly Myers took the top spot in the 100 backstroke while freshman Jinson Kangnarrowly missed breaking the oldest school record on the first day of UALR swimming and diving’s double dual with Saint Louis and Maryville. The Trojans lead Maryville 158-12, while they trail the Billikens 124-55.

Holly Myers touched the wall in 1:01.46 in the 100 backstroke, more than a second faster than her nearest competitor. She also took second in the 1,000 freestyle.

The team of senior Kara Raney, sophomore Valeriya Teplova and freshmen Erin Trumbach andCourtney Coe won a thrilling 400 medley relay race by less than a second over Saint Louis.

Taking second was sophomore Megan Scott and Teplova in their respective events. Scott finished second in the 1-meter springboard competition while Teplova took runner-up honors in the 200 freestyle.

Trumbach, junior Meghan Petersen and freshman Elise Valdez went 2-3-4 in the 100 breastroke

UALR concluded the night with a runner-up finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Coe, Raney, Kang and Teplova.

The Trojans conclude the weekend Saturday (Nov. 9) against Saint Louis and Maryville at 9 a.m.

FIELD HOCKEY

Hendrix ends season at tourney

DANVILLE, Ky. — The Hendrix College field hockey ended their season with a 3-1 loss to Transylvania University in the opening round of the Southern Athletic Association Tournament on Friday night.

The Warriors (0-14) recorded season highs in shots and shots on goal, and out-shot the Pioneers (8-10) 16-12 and 9-8.

Senior defender Jennifer Koller found the cage on an assist from freshman forward Raychl Reger in the 38th minute to cut the game to 2-1.

Junior Erika Jasso led the Warriors with three shots on goal and junior Lotte Kraaijenbrink took two.

Freshman Gabryele Pochron recorded five saves in goal for Hendrix.