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Tech Hosts UA-Monticello Thursday Night

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UAM Cotton Blossoms (5-17, 2-14 GAC) at Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (16-6, 13-3 GAC) When: Thursday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m. Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville Radio: KWKK 100.9 FM Internet: http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech has won four consecutive women’s basketball games and nine of its last 10. Since the start of the 2013 calendar year, the Golden Suns have only been defeated in regulation once. Arkansas Tech is 10-0 at home this season and has won 16 consecutive women’s basketball games at Tucker Coliseum. The defending Great American Conference champion Golden Suns are in first place in the GAC standings with four regular season games remaining, three of which are at home. The Suns defeated UA-Monticello 70-63 in Monticello on Jan. 17. About the Cotton Blossoms: Arkansas-Monticello’s women have lost four of their last five games, with their only win during that span coming in a 69-46 non-conference victory over Ecclesia College on Feb. 12. The Cotton Blossoms are 0-10 on the road this season, and dating back to last season they have lost 12 consecutive games away from Steelman Fieldhouse in Monticello. UAM’s last road win in women’s basketball was a 65-45 victory at East Central University on Feb. 18, 2012. UAM Boll Weevils (14-8, 9-7 GAC) at Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (14-8, 11-5 GAC) When: Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville Radio: KWKK 100.9 FM Internet: http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech took sole possession of first place in the GAC men’s basketball standings with a 70-68 win at Henderson State on Saturday. The Wonder Boys have won four consecutive games, three of which have been decided by three points or less. Willie Kirkland scored a career-high 31 points and made the game-winning layup with 1.3 seconds left at Henderson State on Saturday. He was named GAC men’s basketball player of the week. Arkansas Tech ranks second in the GAC and eighth nationally in field goal percentage defense (.391). About the Boll Weevils: Arkansas-Monticello used suffocating defense to defeat Arkansas Tech 56-49 in the first men’s basketball meeting of the season between the two programs on Jan. 17 in Monticello. The Boll Weevils forced the Wonder Boys into a season-high 25 turnovers. UAM leads the GAC and ranks ninth in NCAA Division II in scoring defense (59.9 points allowed per game). Boll Weevil senior guard Kori Forge leads the conference and ranks 20th in the nation in scoring (20.4 points per game).]]>