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GAC Titles Within Reach for Arkansas Tech

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Harding Lady Bisons (17-7, 13-5 GAC) at Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (18-6, 15-3 GAC) When: Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville Radio: KWKK 100.9 FM Internet: http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech can clinch at least a share of the 2012-13 Great American Conference women’s basketball regular season championship with a win over Harding. The Golden Suns are seeking the 23rd regular season conference title in the 36-year history of intercollegiate women’s basketball at Arkansas Tech. Tech has won six consecutive games and 11 of its last 12. The Golden Suns have won 17 consecutive games at Tucker Coliseum and 59 of their last 60 home contests. The only home loss for Tech’s women since February 2009 was a 77-69 setback against Harding on Jan. 23, 2011. The Golden Suns have gone to Searcy and earned two wins over the Lady Bisons since then --- 73-62 on Feb. 20, 2012, and 50-43 on Jan. 24, 2013. About the Lady Bisons: Harding was the preseason favorite to win the 2012-13 GAC women’s basketball title. The Lady Bisons must defeat Arkansas Tech and then have both the Golden Suns and Southwestern Oklahoma State lose their season finale in order to earn a share of the conference championship. Harding has won four consecutive games. Junior forward Kristen Celsor is the reigning GAC player of the week. She averaged 22.5 points per game and shot 83 percent from the field (19-of-23) in wins over Southern Arkansas and Arkansas-Monticello last week. Harding Bisons (18-8, 11-7 GAC) at Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (15-9, 12-6 GAC) When: Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville Radio: KWKK 100.9 FM Internet: http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech can clinch at least a share of the 2012-13 Great American Conference men’s basketball regular season championship with a win over Harding. If it happens, it would be the fourth consecutive regular season conference title for the Wonder Boys. That would be the longest streak of consecutive regular season conference titles for the Arkansas Tech men’s basketball program since head coach Sam Hindsman led the Wonder Boys to seven straight Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference titles from 1949-1955. Arkansas Tech has overcome the loss of four significant contributors --- Jay Murphy, Will Paul, Jeff Reese and Nick Wayman --- due to injury and health to take sole possession of first place in the GAC standings with two regular season games remaining. The Wonder Boys have dressed out just eight experienced players in each of their last four games, three of which have been wins. About the Bisons: Harding had a three-game lead for first place in the GAC standings on Feb. 2, but the Bisons have lost five of their last six games to fall one game behind Arkansas Tech. Freshman forward Andraz Kavas scored all 12 of his points in the second half to fuel a 72-64 Harding victory over Arkansas Tech in Searcy on Jan. 24. HU senior forward Zach Roddenberry ranks eighth in NCAA Division II in field goal percentage (.636) this season.]]>