Tech, SAU Resume GAC Play Saturday

SAU Lady Muleriders (4-4, 2-2 GAC) at #18 Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (7-0, 2-0 GAC) When: Saturday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m. Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/ Series: Tech leads 68-8 About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech returned to the USA Today Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II top 25 poll for the first time since March 27, 2012, this week. The Golden Suns share the No. 18 spot in the poll with Missouri Southern State University. Arkansas Tech averages 13.3 steals per game, 10th-most in NCAA Division II this season. Junior forward Fatima Adams leads the Great American Conference and ranks eighth nationally in scoring (22.4 points per game). The Golden Suns have won their last 17 meetings with Southern Arkansas. About the Lady Muleriders: Southern Arkansas continues to rebuild its women’s basketball program under second-year head coach Rusty Rainbolt. With an overall record of 12-15 last season, the Lady Muleriders won five more games in 2013-14 than they had in the previous three seasons combined. Southern Arkansas snapped a two-game losing skid with a 69-67 victory over Ouachita Baptist last Saturday. The Lady Muleriders have played their last three games without leading scorer Chanel Miller. The senior forward is averaging 13.4 points per game. SAU Muleriders (4-2, 3-1 GAC) at Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (4-5, 0-2 GAC) When: Saturday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m. Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/ Series: Tech leads 99-67 About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech ranks among the top three teams in the GAC in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.333) and 3-point field goals made (8.0 per game). Senior point guard Bryson Fletcher leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (3-to-1). The Wonder Boys split their season series with Southern Arkansas last season, and they are 14-1 against the Muleriders since the beginning of the 2008-09 season. About the Muleriders: Southern Arkansas is off to its best start to a men’s basketball season since 2010-11, when it won five of its first six games. The Muleriders have only played one road game among their first six contests this season. Since the beginning of the 2012-13 campaign, SAU is 3-21 in road games. The Muleriders are second in the GAC in steals (8.8 per game) and turnover margin (+3.5 per game).]]>