No. 12 Ark. Tech defeats Mo. Western
Santos tallies monster double-double with 25 points, 14 rebounds
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- No. 12 Arkansas Tech concluded the non-conference portion of its 2011-12 schedule on Monday evening with a hard-fought 81-75 victory against Missouri Western State.
With the win,Tech improved to 15-3 overall on the season, completed non-conference play with a 9-0 record and ran its regular season non-conference win streak to 16 consecutive games dating to last season.
Tech’s victory was decided in the closing minutes on the defensive end of the floor as the Golden Suns held the Griffons a basket over the final two minutes of the game and sealed the victory when Natalia Santos drew a charging foul on Ashleigh Curry with about four seconds left in the contest.
Along with drawing the charging foul that sealed Tech’s 12th consecutive win in the month of February, Santos contributed on the offensive end as she scored 25 points, including 13 in the second half to with a season-high 14 rebounds.
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In addition to Santos’ play on offense, Katie Horsman continued her hot play of late as she tallied a career-high 23 points, including shooting 6-8 from the 3-point line. Horsman’s back-to-back treys over a span of 23 seconds in the second half gave Tech the lead back for good.
The Griffons led 53-49 following a trey by Alicia Bell with 13:59 remaining in the game, before Horsman drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to give Tech a 55-53 advantage with 13:26 left in the game. Horsman’s 3-pointers jump started a 14-2 run by the Golden Suns that pushed its lead to 63-55 following another trey from Horsman with 11:40 left.
The Griffons, who fell to 6-15 with the loss, wouldn’t go away as they responded with a 20-13 run capped by a shot in the lane by Curry with 2:09 left to drop Tech’s lead to 76-75.
That would be MWSU’s final points of the game as Roselis Silva and Horsman combined to go 5-6 at the free throw line to seal Arkansas Tech’s 44th win in 45 games
Jessica Weatherford was the third Golden Sun in double figures as she scored 10 points and added 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Silva added eight points and eight assists, while Samanta tallied eight points and seven boards on the night.
The Griffons were paced by the play of Jessica Koch, who scored a game-high 31 points and added nine boards. Koch, who entered the game as the No. 3 scorer in Division II, was 13-21 from the field on the night and added five assists.
For the game, Tech shot 48 percent from the field and 57 percent from the 3-point line, while MSWU shot 41 percent from the field and 33 percent from long distance. Tech held a 43-38 edge on the glass, after getting outrebounded 20-15 in the first half.