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No. 3 Harding Women Beat Arkansas Tech on Senior Night
No. 3 Harding Women Beat Arkansas Tech on Senior Night

SEARCY, Ark. (Harding) - The No. 3 ranked Harding women's basketball team defeated Arkansas Tech 61-54 in Great American Conference action at the Rhodes Field House on Thursday. Harding improved to 26-1 overall and 18-1 in the GAC.

The Lady Bisons' 26 wins ties the Harding record for the most wins in a season, set in 1996-97 when the Lady Bisons went 26-4. Harding's 18 conference wins is the most by a team in the three-year history of the GAC.

The Lady Bisons won their 17th straight home game breaking the Harding school record of 16 set in 1995-96.

Harding had five 3-pointers in the game bringing its season total to 217 and breaking the school record for the most in a season. The Lady Bisons had 216 twice, first in 2006-07 and in 2007-08.

Senior forward Kristen Celsor led Harding with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Celsor needed four points heading into the game to reach 1,500 career points. She currently ranks fifth at Harding in career scoring with 1,510 points.

Freshman guard A'ndrea Haney hit 5-of-6 free throws and scored 12 points.

The Lady Bisons and the Golden Suns were tied 26-26 at halftime, despite Harding shooting 44 percent in the first half. Harding had one bucket the last eight minutes of the half. Arkansas Tech took advantage of Harding's shooting woes going on a 7-0 run to tie the game at the break.

Harding jumped out to a six point lead in the first four minutes of the second half. Arkansas Tech went on a quick 7-0 run to take a 35-34 lead with 13:40 left. Harding then went on a 14-0 run to take a 51-37 lead with 7:48 remaining. The Golden Suns pulled with four on two free throws by Anissa Pounds to cut the lead to 58-54 with 48 seconds left. Harding played solid defense down the stretch and made three free throws to seal the win.

Arkansas Tech (16-9, 12-7 GAC) was led by freshman guard Anissa Pounds who had 20 points. Junior forward Jacina Myers-Sanders had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

After the game, Harding recognized six seniors, Deshelle Isaac-Boyce, Katy Preaus, Lauren Harrison, Tanja Steed, Lauren Crenshaw and Kristen Celsor, for their contributions to the women's basketball program.

Harding will play its final regular season game on Saturday, traveling to Southeastern Oklahoma. Tip-off is at 12 p.m.