Tech Basketball Opens Homestand Saturday

Arkansas Tech University will begin a stretch of three consecutive basketball doubleheaders at home when it hosts Southern Nazarene University in Great American Conference action at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets ($5 adults/$3 senior citizens and children) will be available at the door. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge.

The Golden Suns and the Wonder Boys will continue their homestand by hosting Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Thursday, Feb. 6, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Feb. 8.

SNU Crimson Storm (8-9, 5-6) at Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (8-8, 4-6)
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m.
Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: Tech leads 6-4

About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech will look to bounce back from back-to-back losses to Harding University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University last week. The Golden Suns have succeeded in creating extra possessions this season through turnover margin (+3.94 per game, 2nd in Great American Conference) and offensive rebounds (16.0 per game, 2nd in GAC). Freshman guard Anissa Pounds made 5-of-9 attempts from 3-point range and scored 21 points to lead Arkansas Tech to a 72-64 win at Southern Nazarene on Nov. 21. Junior forward Jacinda Myers-Sanders added 16 points and nine rebounds in the victory, while sophomore guard Cara Neighbors notched 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.

About the Crimson Storm: Southern Nazarene has lost three of its last four games, including a 94-57 setback at Harding on Thursday night. SNU junior forward Aminata Fall ranks seventh in the GAC in scoring (16.4 points per game) and she leads the conference in rebounding (13.8 per game), but she did not play against the Lady Bisons. Fall’s fellow starter, sophomore guard Ashleigh Hutchings, and Crimson Storm reserve players Olivia Chapman and Ashley Almond also missed Thursday’s game. Southern Nazarene is 0-3 all-time in road women’s basketball games against Arkansas Tech.

SNU Crimson Storm (8-9, 6-5) at Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (11-7, 6-4)
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 4 p.m.
Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: Tech leads 3-2

About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech is in third place in the GAC men’s basketball standings halfway through its double round-robin league schedule. The Wonder Boys are two-and-a-half games behind front-running Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Arkansas Tech has earned at least a share of a men’s basketball regular season conference title in each of the last four seasons, its longest such streak since head coach Sam Hindsman guided the Wonder Boys to seven consecutive Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championships from 1949-55. Arkansas Tech held Southern Nazarene to 32 percent shooting from the field and finished with a 47-32 rebounding edge in a 71-64 Wonder Boys’ victory over the Crimson Storm on Nov. 21.

About the Crimson Storm: Southern Nazarene suffered its second consecutive loss with a 74-66 setback at Harding on Thursday night. SNU made just 25 percent (6-of-24) of its 3-point tries in the loss. The Crimson Storm features the top two scorers in the GAC in junior guard C.J. Smith (1st, 21.6 points per game) and senior guard Quan Conner (2nd, 17.9 points per game). Southern Nazarene is 2-5 on the road this season. Arkansas Tech defeated the Crimson Storm 72-67 on Nov. 29, 2012, in the only previous meeting between the two men’s basketball programs at Tucker Coliseum.

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