Golden Suns Add to Lead in GAC Standings

Arkansas Tech University didn’t just maintain its lead in the Great American Conference women’s basketball standings on Monday night. The Golden Suns made a statement.

Nationally 22nd-ranked Arkansas Tech dominated second-place Harding University 80-52 at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville to push its lead in the GAC standings to two games.

It was the fifth consecutive win for the Golden Suns (11-2 overall, 9-0 GAC) and their 14th straight win at home.

“It started with attention to detail,” said Arkansas Tech head coach Dave Wilbers. “Our players did a great job with the scouting report. I was very impressed with our defense tonight.”

The Golden Suns limited Harding (9-4, 7-2) to 6-of-30 shooting (20 percent) from the field in the first half while building a 35-16 halftime lead.

Any Lady Bisons’ hopes for a comeback were erased in the third quarter by Tech’s Calli White. She made four 3-pointers in the period on her way to a season-high 18 points.

“We’ve been waiting for Calli to have a big night like that,” said Wilbers. “We see her do that every day in practice. Our entire team played at a high level.”

Tech’s Fatima Adams scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It was her sixth double-double of the season and the 20th of her Arkansas Tech career.

Aujana Dawkins finished with 13 points and six rebounds for the Suns, while Bre Brooks notched a season-high eight assists.

Sydney Layrock had 19 points for the Lady Bisons, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

The Golden Suns will face Henderson State University for a 5:30 p.m. GAC game at the Duke Wells Center in Arkadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 21. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and will have live coverage.