No. 5 Suns Dominate Lady Reddies 70-49

Make it 29 consecutive home wins and counting for the nationally fifth-ranked Arkansas Tech Golden Suns.

Arkansas Tech matched the third-longest home winning streak in the history of its women’s basketball program by blowing past the Henderson State Lady Reddies 70-49 at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday night.

The Golden Suns (17-2 overall, 6-1 Gulf South Conference) put this one away before halftime by forcing Henderson State into 19 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

Arkansas Tech went on a 12-0 run to open a 32-10 lead with 5:22 left in the first half. The Suns went on to lead 41-18 at halftime and by as many asĀ 28 points in the second half.

Tech finished with a 46-30 rebounding edge. Henderson State (11-9, 2-6) committed 31 turnovers and made just 20-of-60 shots (33 percent) from the field.

Natalia Santos scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Suns. It was her fifth double-double of the season and the 16th of her two-year career at Arkansas Tech.

Jessica Weatherford added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, while Katie Horsman scored nine points.

The Golden Suns’ current 29-game home winning streak is tied with a 29-game streak from Feb. 21, 1998, to Feb. 5, 2001, on the list of longest home winning streaks in Tech women’s basketball.

The only longer home winning streaks ever amassed by the Golden Suns were a 35-game streak from Jan. 11, 1993, to March 8, 1995, and a 61-game streak from Jan. 17, 1987, to Jan. 28, 1991.

The Golden Suns will host Southern Arkansas in GSC action at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Tucker Coliseum.

Tickets will be available at the door. Those with a valid Tech identification card will be admitted free.