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Tech to Visit NWOSU, SWOSU This Week

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Arkansas Tech University will continue its pursuit of Great American Conference championships in men's and women's basketball during a road trip to Oklahoma this week.

The Golden Suns and the Wonder Boys will begin their road trip at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Thursday, Jan. 26, before visiting Southwestern Oklahoma State University for games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28.

#17 Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (13-2, 9-2 GAC) vs. NWOSU Lady Rangers (6-11, 5-6)
When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Percefull Fieldhouse, Alva, Okla. 
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: Tech leads 10-1

About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech took control early and never let go in an 81-35 GAC victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Russellville on Nov. 19. The Golden Suns scored 19 unanswered points over the final 8:09 of the first quarter to claim a 22-2 lead after one period. Arkansas Tech led 44-18 at halftime and 58-25 after three quarters. Kelsey McClure notched 11 points and eight rebounds for the Golden Suns. Anissa Pounds and D’Rae Tullock had 10 points apiece for Tech. Pounds dished out eight assists.

About the Lady Rangers: Northwestern Oklahoma State has won three consecutive games. Kori Barrios is the reigning GAC women's basketball player of the week after she averaged 18.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game during the Lady Rangers' current winning streak. It is Northwestern's first string of three or more GAC victories in more than three years.

Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (11-4, 7-4 GAC) vs. NWOSU Rangers (8-8, 4-7 GAC)
When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Percefull Fieldhouse, Alva, Okla. 
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: Tech leads 6-2

About the Wonder Boys: A fast start to the second half sent Arkansas Tech University to an 85-69 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State on Nov. 19. The Wonder Boys made seven of their first eight field goal tries after halftime and used a 16-6 run over the first 4:08 of the second half to open up a 52-34 lead. Arkansas Tech maintained at least a 13-point lead the rest of the way. Branden Williams scored 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field to lead Tech in scoring. He also grabbed eight rebounds.

About the Rangers: Like the women's team, Northwestern Oklahoma State's men have also won three consecutive games. The Rangers stopped East Central University's 12-game winning streak by defeating the Tigers 83-71 in Ada, Okla., on Saturday. Cody Halvorson was named GAC men's basketball co-player of the week on Monday. He scored 21 points against Oklahoma Baptist University and 19 points against East Central last week.