Arkansas Tech falls in the central region
Arkansas Tech University fell to Central Misouri 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-18) in the opening game of the NCAA Division II Central Region tournament in Warrensburg, In. Missouri.
Emily Ragsdale had 11 kills in 17 attempts with just 1 error to reach 0.588 for the Golden Suns (22-8). Haylee Paladini had 10 kills, while Tymber Riley and Abby Simpson finished with eight each. Madison Grantham had 15 digs and Brianna Merkel added 37 assists.
Hannah Engelken had a record 12 kills to lead Central Missouri (29-3). Sydney Lierz and Rylie Barnum had nine digs apiece and Ally Offerdahl had 36 of Central Missouri’s 39 assists.
SAU men win on the road
Devante Brooks scored a high 21 points on 9 of 16 shots from the floor Thursday as the University of South Arkansas had four players with 10 or more points in an 80-62 win over University de Harding in the opening game of the Great American Conference for both teams. at Rhodes-Reaves Field House in Searcy.
Aaron Lucas had 18 points for the Muleriders, who shot 43.2 percent from the floor, scored 48 points in the lane and 22 points on the turnovers. Blake Rogers scored 14 points and Jalen Brooks added 13.
Taylor Currie led Harding with 20 points on 7 of 12 shots from the ground. Stetson Smithson scored 18 points for the Bisons and Sam Henderson added 16 on 6 of 10 shots from the ground.
In other Great American Conference games on Thursday, Henderson State University scored 32 points off the bench while scoring 26 points on the lane and 21 points on turnovers to beat the University of Arkansas at Monticello 54-50 at the Duke Wells Center in Arkadelphia. Alvin Miles had 13 points to lead the Reddies, who shot 34.5% from the ground. Ryan Boyce added 10 points for HSU (4-2, 1-0). Kyle Moore scored a high 18 points on 8 of 10 shots from the ground in 29 minutes in the loss to UAM (4-3, 0-1). … Arkansas Technical University edged Ouachita Baptist University 50-32 in the second half, turning a 22-22 draw at halftime into a 72-54 victory at the Tucker Coliseum in Russellville. Nike Gosnell led the way for the Wonder Boys (3-3, 1-0), scoring 15 points on 7 out of 10 shots from the ground. Kendarious Smith scored a high of 17 points in the loss to Ouachita Baptist (1-5, 0-1).
Golden Suns win despite Thornton’s 43 points
Aspen Thornton scored 43 points on 14 of 25 shots from the ground and 13 of 15 shots from the free throw line on Thursday, but it wasn’t enough as the women at Ouachita Baptist University fell to the Arkansas Tech 90-84 at Tucker. Russellville Coliseum.
Kaley Shipman led the Golden Suns (4-1, 1-0) with 27 points, Ashlei Lopez added 10, while Jayana Sanders and Sydnee Wynn contributed with 10 each. Arkansas Tech shot 38.5% from the ground and 92.3% from the free throw line. They also passed the Tigers 53-33.
Makayla Miller scored 14 points for the Tigers (1-3, 0-1) and Lauren Wright added 11.
In other Great American Conference games on Thursday, Jacie Evans and Sage Hawley each had 26 points to lead Harding University (5-1, 1-0) past Southern Arkansas University 93-90 at Rhodes-Reaves Field House in Searcy. . Ariana Guinn and Kisi Young scored 18 points each to lead the Muleriders (4-2, 0-1). … Gracie Raby had 14 points to lead Henderson State University (5-1, 1-0) to a 75-39 victory over the University of Arkansas in Monticello at the Duke Wells Center in Arkadelphia. Bailey Harris led Arkansas-Monticello (0-7, 0-1) with six points.
– Democrat-Gazette press services