Suns, Wonder Boys Host SAU for Gold Rush

SAU Lady Muleriders (11-12, 7-10) at Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (14-8, 10-6) When: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m. Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/ Series: Tech leads 67-8 About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech is on a six-game winning streak that has vaulted the Golden Suns into a share of third place in the Great American Conference standings with four regular season games remaining. Tech is one-half game behind second-place Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Harding University has already clinched the GAC women’s basketball regular season title outright. Junior forward Jacinda Myers-Sanders scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Golden Suns to a 59-42 victory over Southern Arkansas on Jan. 18. About the Lady Muleriders: Southern Arkansas has lost its last two games and three of its last four. With 11 victories, the Lady Muleriders have won four more games this season than they had in the previous three seasons combined. SAU leads the GAC in offensive rebounds (16.2 per game) and steals (11.2 per game). The Lady Muleriders rank last in the conference in 3-point field goals made (3.3). Junior forward Chanel Miller is seventh in the GAC in scoring (15.9 points per game). SAU Muleriders (11-12, 7-10) at Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (16-8, 11-5) When: Saturday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m. Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/ Series: Tech leads 99-66 About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech is one-half game behind GAC-leading Southwestern Oklahoma State University with eight days remaining in the regular season. The Wonder Boys are in pursuit of their fifth consecutive regular season men’s basketball conference title. Their current string of four straight league titles is the longest for the Arkansas Tech men’s basketball program since the Wonder Boys earned seven straight Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference crowns from 1949-55. Senior guard Bobby Hatchett (11.3 points per game), junior forward Marshawn Arnold (9.9 points per game), junior guard Tyler Friedel (9.5 points per game) and junior forward Darrick Little (9.3 points per game) are among the leading scorers this season for Arkansas Tech. About the Muleriders: Southern Arkansas was 11-of-23 from 3-point range in an 81-77 home win over Harding University on Thursday night. The Muleriders made their first seven 3-point tries of the second half. SAU is 2-4 in its last six games. Junior guard Chauncy Williams netted 17 points to lead Southern Arkansas to a 63-58 win over Arkansas Tech on Jan. 18. The Muleriders finished with a 47-31 edge in rebounding and a 20-3 advantage in second-chance points as they stopped a 13-game losing streak in games against Arkansas Tech. SAU junior forward Alre’k Brown had six points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. Southern Arkansas has not defeated Arkansas Tech in Russellville or swept the regular season series from the Wonder Boys since 2007.]]>