No. 10 Delta State edges Blazers 65-61 to remain undefeated in GSC
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Sophomore Chelsey Rhodes' 25 points guided Delta State to a 65-61 decision against Valdosta State. The Lady Statesmen improve to 14-1 on the season and maintain their perfect Gulf South Conference record at 9-0. The Lady Blazers fall to 9-5 overall and 4-4 in league play.
Rhodes was one point shy of her career-high 26 points. Senior Shanae Govan added twelve points, six assists, and three steals. Seneca Walton recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 boards to join Rhodes and Govan in double figures. Walton also met career-milestone 500 rebounds with her performance against the Lady Blazers.
The Green-and-White shot 50 percent from the field on the night, 33.3 percent from behind the arc, and 66.7 percent from the charity line to defeat Valdosta.
No. 6 Harding 87, Arkansas Tech 52
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- Senior forward Kristen Celsor scored 24 points to lead sixth-ranked Harding to an 87-52 win at Arkansas Tech on Thursday in Great American Conference action. The Lady Bisons improved to 18-0 overall and 10-0 in the GAC.
It's the second consecutive year Harding has won 10 conference games. The Lady Bisons were 14-6 in the GAC last season. It is the only two times Harding has won 10 conference games since joining the NCAA in 1997.
Arkansas Tech suffered its worst home loss in program history and fell to 8-7 overall and 4-5 in conference play. Harding is now 2-1 in Russellville over the last three years.
No. 9 Drury 74, Missouri-St. Louis 71
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Amber Dvorak scored 25 points and the No. 9 Drury Lady Panthers held off a hard-charging Missouri-St. Louis for a 74-71 victory against the Tritons in Great Lakes Valley Conference play.
Annie Armstrong added 11 points, including four big free throws in the final two minutes, as the Lady Panthers improved to 15-1 overall and 7-1 in the GLVC. UMSL fell to 11-5 and 4-4 with its fourth consecutive league loss.
The Lady Panthers had a 28-9 lead with 7:34 left in the first half before the Tritons closed to trail just 41-31 at the half. UMSL cut into that quickly in the second half some more, and took a 50-48 lead with 13:25 to play.
But Dvorak - coming off a career-high 30 points in Saturday's win against William Jewell - scored 13 consecutive DU points at one stretch to keep the Tritons at bay, and the Lady Panthers sealed it with made free throws down the stretch. Dvorak scored 18 points after half, hitting 11 of 20 shots and adding four blocked shots in her 25 minutes of action.