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Final Road GAC Tests for Tech Hoops Teams

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Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (17-6, 14-3 GAC) vs. SAU Lady Muleriders (0-22, 0-17 GAC) When: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m. Where: W.T. Watson Athletic Center, Magnolia Radio: KWKK 100.9 FM Internet: http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech has won five consecutive games and 10 of its last 11. The Golden Suns are in first place in the Great American Conference standings with three regular season games remaining. Senior guard Rosie Silva has reached double figures in scoring in eight consecutive games and is averaging 19 points per game over that span. Silva has 123 steals this season. She needs four more steals to break the single-season school record that she established in 2011-12 with 126 steals. The Golden Suns defeated Southern Arkansas 99-46 at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Jan. 19. About the Lady Muleriders: Southern Arkansas remained winless on the season with a 97-42 loss at Harding University on Thursday. SAU sophomore guard Katherine McBride has averaged 17.6 points per game in eight contests since returning from injury on Jan. 24. She did not play in the first meeting between the Lady Muleriders and the Golden Suns this season. SAU has a cumulative overall record of 27-124 over its last six women’s basketball seasons. Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (14-9, 11-6 GAC) at SAU Muleriders (9-14, 5-12 GAC) When: Saturday, Feb. 23, 4 p.m. Where: W.T. Watson Athletic Center, Magnolia Radio: KWKK 100.9 FM Internet: http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with a 51-50 home loss to Arkansas-Monticello on Thursday night. The Wonder Boys were just 1-of-11 from 3-point range in the loss. They are now tied with Harding for first place in the GAC standings with three regular season games remaining. Tech defeated Southern Arkansas 64-54 in Russellville on Jan. 19. Willie Kirkland had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Jay Murphy, who is now injured, added 11 points. The Wonder Boys will head to Magnolia with just eight experienced, healthy players. About the Muleriders: Six has been an unlucky number for Southern Arkansas lately. The Muleriders have lost three consecutive games, and in each of those defeats the margin was six points. Their most recent setback was a 93-87 overtime loss at Harding University on Thursday. Chris Davis had 21 points and eight rebounds and Rodney Hill scored 18 points in a losing effort for Southern Arkansas. The Muleriders hit 11-of-24 (46 percent) shots from 3-point range, but just 10-of-21 (48 percent) from the free throw line. SAU leads the GAC in rebounding margin (+6.7 rebounds per game) and steals (9.0 per game).  ]]>