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Golden Suns Enter Top Five

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Arkansas Tech is ranked in the top five of the USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II women's basketball top 25 poll for the first time in almost seven years.

The Golden Suns (20-1 overall, 7-1 Gulf South Conference) moved up two spots to No. 5 in this week's poll, which was released on Tuesday afternoon by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

The last time Arkansas Tech was ranked this highly in the NCAA Division II women's basketball poll was March 12, 2003. The Suns were also No. 5 that week.

Arkansas Tech recorded a pair of blowout wins in GSC West Division play last week. The Suns beat Southern Arkansas 73-52 in Magnolia on Thursday and Arkansas-Monticello 75-53 in Russellville on Saturday.

The Golden Suns have reached the top five behind one of the most potent and efficient offensive attacks in the country. Tech ranks third in NCAA Division II in scoring (82.1 points per game) and fifth in field goal percentage (.485). The Suns lead the country in assists per game (20.3).

Fifth-ranked Arkansas Tech will visit Henderson State for a 6 p.m. GSC contest at the Duke Wells Center in Arkadelphia on Thursday.

The Suns will return home to host Harding University at 4 p.m. Saturday at Tucker Coliseum.

Russellville radio station KWKK 100.9 FM and www.athletics.atu.edu will have live play-by-play coverage of both games.

Click here to view this week's complete NCAA Division II women's basketball top 25.

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