Suns, Wonder Boys Host SWOSU Thursday

Arkansas Tech University will begin the Great American Conference portion of its 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball schedules with a home doubleheader against Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Tickets ($5 adults, $3 students and senior citizens) will be available at the door. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge.

#25 Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (1-0, 0-0 GAC) vs. SWOSU Lady Bulldogs (1-1, 0-0 GAC)
When: Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/
Series: Tech leads 20-8

About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech defeated Lane College 81-51 in its season opener on Saturday. It marked the ninth consecutive year in which the Golden Suns won their first game of the season. Tech was 3-0 against Southwestern Oklahoma State last season, including a 106-85 win in the 2016 GAC Tournament championship game at Bartlesville, Okla.

About the Lady Bulldogs: Southwestern Oklahoma State sophomore forward Hailey Tucker was named GAC player of the week after she averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds in a pair of games last weekend. The Lady Bulldogs dropped an 87-65 decision to Emporia State University on Saturday and earned a 90-73 win over Missouri Southern State University on Sunday.

Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (0-0, 0-0 GAC) vs. SWOSU Bulldogs (0-2, 0-0 GAC)
When: Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/
Series: Tech leads 16-10

About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech begins its 2016-17 men’s basketball season with a roster that includes 13 newcomers and five returnees, two of which saw action during the 2015-16 season. Senior guard Branden Williams scored a team-high 20 points in the Wonder Boys’ 120-73 exhibition win over Livin’ the Dream on Saturday. Tech is 11-2 against Southwestern Oklahoma State since the GAC began competition in 2011-12.

About the Bulldogs: Southwestern Oklahoma State suffered losses to nationally 18th-ranked Augustana University (81-57) and Washburn University (76-73) during a season-opening classic that it hosted in Weatherford, Okla., last weekend. Junior guard Devin Pugh (14.5 points per game) is the Bulldogs’ leading scorer.