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Suns Move Up to No. 13 in National Poll

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Arkansas Tech University advanced one position to No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II top 25 women's basketball poll released by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The Golden Suns (20-3 overall, 11-3 Great American Conference) were 3-0 over the past week. Arkansas Tech registered wins over Southeastern Oklahoma State, Henderson State and Harding to assume sole possession of first place in the GAC standings with two regular season games remaining.

This marks the 42nd consecutive USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II top 25 that has included the Golden Suns (including preseason polls).

The Golden Suns entered the rankings at No. 24 on Dec. 8, 2009, and they have been included in every poll since --- the final 13 polls of the 2009-10 season, all 16 of the 2010-11 polls and all 13 polls so far in 2011-12.

Click here to view the complete national poll for this week.

Arkansas Tech has won nine consecutive games, and its 73-62 victory at Harding on Monday night clinched the 30th 20-win season in the 35-year history of Golden Suns basketball.

Next up for Arkansas Tech is a GAC contest at Ouachita Baptist (16-8, 9-5) on Thursday, Feb. 23.

The Golden Suns will enter the contest one-half game in front of the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs (16-9, 11-4) for the conference lead. SWOSU will conclude its regular season on Thursday with a GAC game at Southeastern Oklahoma State.

Arkansas Tech and OBU will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Vining Arena in Arkadelphia. The game can be heard on KWKK 100.9 FM and at www.athletics.atu.edu.

The Golden Suns will conclude their 2011-12 regular season by hosting Southern Arkansas for a 4 p.m. game at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets will be available at the door at promotional prices of $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge.

Arkansas Tech will compete in the inaugural GAC Tournament March 1-4 in Bartlesville, Okla.

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