Suns Move Into First Place Tie in GSC West

Arkansas Tech closed the first half strong and started the second half even stronger to blow past the Southern Arkansas Lady Muleriders 95-71 in Gulf South Conference play at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday.

The nationally fifth-ranked Golden Suns (18-2 overall, 7-1 GSC) placed four players in double figures in scoring as they won their 30th consecutive home game and pulled even with third-ranked Delta State atop the GSC West Division standings.

Arkansas Tech used a 20-7 run over the final 6:49 of the first half to claim a 47-40 advantage at halftime.

Southern Arkansas (3-15, 2-6) got back within five points early in the second half, but that was when Jenny Vining took over for Arkansas Tech. She hit three 3-pointers in rapid succession to spark a 14-0 run that gave the Suns a 63-44 lead with 14:16 left.

The senior All-American from Marshall went on to make five 3-pointers over a span of just 6:51. Her final trey of the night made it 71-50 at the 10:39 mark.

Arkansas Tech maintained at least a 19-point lead the rest of the way as the Golden Suns improved to 61-8 all-time against Southern Arkansas, including a 32-3 mark against the Lady Muleriders in Russellville.

Natalia Santos led Tech on Saturday with 21 points. She also grabbed nine rebounds. Vining finished with 18 points, while Shaquilah Davis scored a career-high 16 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out a career-high six assists and made four steals.

Jessica Weatherford added 14 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and the 11th of her career.

Goldie White notched 18 points and Cha’Kia Lee netted 17 points to lead Southern Arkansas.

The Golden Suns will conclude a three-game homestand by hosting Christian Brothers at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10.

Admission to Tucker Coliseum will be free with a valid Tech identification card. Tickets will be available at the door.