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Arkansas Tech University will conclude a Great American Conference basketball road trip to the Sooner State by taking on Southwestern Oklahoma State University for a doubleheader at Rankin Williams Fieldhouse in Weatherford, Okla., on Saturday, Jan. 4. After their visit to SWOSU, the Golden Suns and the Wonder Boys will return home and prepare for their first home basketball doubleheader of the new calendar year. Arkansas Tech will welcome Ouachita Baptist University to Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday, Jan. 9. Game times will be 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($5 adults/$3 children and senior citizens) will be available at the door. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge. Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (6-3, 2-1) at SWOSU Bulldogs (5-4, 2-1) When: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2 p.m. Where: Rankin Williams Fieldhouse, Weatherford, Okla. Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com Series: Tech Leads 14-7 About the Golden Suns: A slow start defensively doomed Arkansas Tech in a 70-65 loss at Northwestern Oklahoma State on Thursday. The Golden Suns allowed the Lady Rangers to make 14 of their first 21 field goal attempts as NWOSU built a 16-point first half lead. Arkansas Tech was 3-0 against Southwestern Oklahoma State last season. Jessica Weatherford scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Golden Suns to a 79-74 home win over SWOSU in their first meeting of the season. Arkansas Tech rallied from double-digit deficits to defeat the Bulldogs 82-76 at Weatherford and 70-66 in the 2013 Great American Conference Tournament championship game at Bartlesville, Okla. About the Bulldogs: Southwestern Oklahoma State entered the week ranked fourth in NCAA Division II women's basketball in scoring offense (89.3 points per game), but the Bulldogs were held to 34 percent shooting from the field in a 95-69 home loss to nationally 12th-ranked Harding University on Thursday. SWOSU senior guard Michelle Fisher ranks among the GAC leaders in scoring (4th, 17.3 points per game), free throw percentage (1st, .885), 3-point field goal percentage (6th, .433) and 3-point field goals made (1st, 3.2 per game). Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (7-4, 2-1) at SWOSU Bulldogs (5-4, 2-1) When: Saturday, Jan. 4, 4 p.m. Where: Rankin Williams Fieldhouse, Weatherford, Okla. Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com Series: Tech Leads 11-8 About the Wonder Boys: Junior guard Bryson Fletcher has reached double figures in scoring in three of Arkansas Tech's last five games, including a team-high 13 points in the Wonder Boys' 60-56 win at Northwestern Oklahoma State on Thursday. Junior forward Marshawn Arnold leads the GAC in field goal percentage (.690). Arkansas Tech has won seven consecutive men's basketball meetings with Southwestern Oklahoma State, including a 69-58 victory in the 2012 GAC Tournament championship game and a 56-51 win in the 2013 GAC Tournament semifinals. About the Bulldogs: Southwestern Oklahoma State features two of the top five scorers in the GAC. Senior guard Rod Camphor ranks fourth in the league at 17.0 points per game, while junior forward Gary Inglett averages 16.6 points per game and is fifth in the GAC in scoring. Inglett is fourth in the conference in both rebounding (8.1 per game) and free throw percentage (.873). The Bulldogs have lost two of their last three games. Harding University defeated SWOSU 89-65 on Thursday.]]>