RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — Kristen Celsor scored a career-high 27 points to lead Harding past No. 9 Arkansas Tech 77-69 on Monday night. The Lady Bisons improved to 11-5 overall and 4-2 in the GAC.
The win by HU snapped an ATU 42-game home-win streak. It was the longest active winning streak in NCAA Division II. The win was the first time the Lady Bisons have defeated the Golden Suns in Russellville.
Celsor made a career-high eight field goals (8-15) and also made a career-high four 3-pointers (4-6). She was 7-12 from the free throw line.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 8 NE State 54, St. Mary’s 47|
|Harding 77, No. 9 Ark. Tech 69|
|No. 11 USC-Aiken 65, Ga. Southwestern 42|
Two other Lady Bisons finished in double-figure scoring. Sierra Rollins finished with 18 points, making six of 11 from the field and six of seven from the free throw line. Tabitha Haney scored 13 points for HU, hitting three 3-pointers. She also had a career-high five assists.
The Lady Bisons had a strong first half as they shot 57 percent from the field, including 53 percent from behind the 3-point line. Harding took a 49-38 lead into halftime. It was the most points scored in the first half by the Lady Bisons this season.
Arkansas Tech tied the game at 66 when Jessica Weatherford hit a lay-up for the Golden Suns with 2:59 left to play. Haney then hit a big 3-pointer for the Lady Bisons to give HU a three-point lead. Arkansas Tech went 1-4 from the field in the last minutes as Harding made six of seven free throws to seal the victory.
Arkansas Tech (11-3 overall, 2-3 GAC) was led by Natalia Santos who had 24 points. Jessica Weatherford went 8-12 from the field and finished with 17 points. Katie Horsman made five 3-pointers and ended with 15 points. Roselis Silva had 11 assists for the Golden Suns.
The Lady Bisons out-rebounded the Golden Suns 41-30.