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No. 4 Golden Suns Win Ninth Straight

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Natalia Santos and Jessica Weatherford scored 21 points apiece to lead the nationally fourth-ranked Arkansas Tech Golden Suns to an 88-67 Gulf South Conference win over Christian Brothers at Canale Arena in Memphis, Tenn., on Thursday night.


Natalia Santos and Jessica Weatherford scored 21 points apiece to lead the nationally fourth-ranked Arkansas Tech Golden Suns to an 88-67 Gulf South Conference win over Christian Brothers at Canale Arena in Memphis, Tenn., on Thursday night.

The Golden Suns (13-1 overall, 2-0 GSC) outscored CBU 56-16 in the paint as Arkansas Tech's women won at Canale Arena for the first time since 2008.

Santos was 8-of-11 from the field, while Weatherford made 9-of-16. The Suns shot 58 percent (33-of-57) from the field for the game, including 76 percent (16-of-21) after halftime.

Tech led 39-31 at halftime. Casey Gregory's jumper with 16:37 left cut the Suns' lead to 44-39, but Arkansas Tech answered with seven straight points.

That was the beginning of an 22-9 Golden Suns' run that made it 66-48 at the 8:25 mark.

Tech maintained at least a 14-point advantage the rest of the way as it won its ninth consecutive game.

Shaquilah Davis matched her career high with 14 points for the Golden Suns. She also had five assists and three steals.

Laura Beth Anderson made a career-high 11 assists for Arkansas Tech.

CBU's Jessica Green hit 6-of-10 from 3-point range and finished with 18 points for the Lady Bucs (7-7, 0-2).

The Golden Suns will play their first home GSC game of the season on Saturday. Tech will entertain the University of Arkansas-Monticello for a 4 p.m. contest at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

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

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