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Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (12-5, 9-2 GAC) at SNU Crimson Storm (9-9, 6-6 GAC) When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m. Where: Sawyer Center, Bethany, Okla. Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/athletics.atu.edu About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech has been idle since an 81-68 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State last Saturday. The Golden Suns have won five consecutive games, which ties them with Southwestern Oklahoma State for the longest active winning streak in Great American Conference women’s basketball. Tech enters the weekend in second place in the GAC standings, one-half game behind front-running Ouachita Baptist (15-3, 10-2). Senior forward Jessica Weatherford of Bonnerdale scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Golden Suns to an 81-61 win over Southern Nazarene earlier this season. About the Crimson Storm: Southern Nazarene toppled Harding University 66-56 at the Sawyer Center on Thursday night. Oumoul Thiam scored 21 points, collected seven rebounds, made three steals and dished out three assists to lead the Crimson Storm to victory. Thiam leads the GAC in scoring (21.6 points per game) this season. She had 29 points in Southern Nazarene’s loss at Arkansas Tech on Nov. 29, 2012. Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (10-7, 7-4 GAC) at SNU Crimson Storm (10-8, 5-7 GAC) When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m. Where: Sawyer Center, Bethany, Okla. Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/athletics.atu.edu About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State 49-45 last Saturday and has been idle ever since. The Wonder Boys are tied with Northwestern Oklahoma State (9-8, 7-4) for second place in the GAC men’s basketball standings. Harding University (17-4, 10-2) is at the front of the GAC pack with one month of regular season conference games remaining. The Wonder Boys have lost their last three road games, all of which were decided by eight points or less. Arkansas Tech defeated Southern Nazarene 72-67 on Nov. 29, 2012, behind 22 points from senior guard Jared Williamson of Russellville. About the Crimson Storm: Southern Nazarene dropped a 71-58 decision to GAC-leading Harding at the Sawyer Center on Thursday night. The Crimson Storm ranks first in the league in field goal percentage (.477) and second in the conference in scoring (74.7 points per game), but SNU is last in the GAC in 3-point field goals made (4.7 per game). Ryan Aaron ranks second in the conference in scoring (18.9 points per game). He scored 20 points for the Crimson Storm in its loss at Arkansas Tech earlier this season.]]>