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Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (12-6, 9-3 GAC) at SWOSU Bulldogs (15-4, 10-3 GAC) When: Thursday, Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m. Where: Rankin Williams Fieldhouse, Weatherford, Okla. Radio: KWKK 100.9 FM Internet: http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 99-80 loss at Southern Nazarene University last Saturday. The Golden Suns played the game without leading scorer and rebounder Jessica Weatherford, who was out due to illness. Weatherford had appeared in 109 consecutive games for Arkansas Tech before Saturday. She had 33 points and 11 rebounds earlier this season when the Suns defeated Southwestern Oklahoma State 79-74 in Russellville. Arkansas Tech is in fourth place in the Great American Conference women’s basketball standings, but it is just one-half game behind tri-leaders East Central University, Ouachita Baptist University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. About the Bulldogs: Southwestern Oklahoma State has won six consecutive games, including an 81-67 victory at the University of Arkansas-Monticello last Saturday. The Bulldogs have scored more than 80 points five times and more than 90 points twice during their current winning streak. Southwestern Oklahoma State leads the GAC and ranks second in the nation in scoring offense (81.8 points per game). Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (10-8, 7-5 GAC) at SWOSU Bulldogs (8-11, 7-6 GAC) When: Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. Where: Rankin Williams Fieldhouse, Weatherford, Okla. Radio: KWKK 100.9 FM Internet: http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php About the Wonder Boys: After losing second-leading scorer Will Paul, who suffered a foot injury on Jan. 17, and Jeff Reese, who is recovering but will not return to the active roster after collapsing during a game last Saturday, Arkansas Tech is down to nine healthy student-athletes for its men’s basketball team. The Wonder Boys have lost four consecutive road games, but all four of those losses were by eight points or less. Senior guard Willie Kirkland had 21 points at Southern Nazarene on Saturday. It was his fourth game with 20 or more points this season. Kirkland scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds when Tech defeated Southwestern Oklahoma State 69-52 on Jan. 5 in Russellville. About the Bulldogs: Southwestern Oklahoma State is 4-1 in home Great American Conference games this season. The Bulldogs snapped a four-game losing streak with a 71-70 victory at the University of Arkansas-Monticello on Saturday. Junior forward Michael Bradley of Little Rock had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead SWOSU to victory. Southwestern Oklahoma State point guard Ryan Donahoe is second in the GAC in assists (4.6 per game).]]>