SEARCY, Ark. - In their final regular season matchup against the Lady Bisons, the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns picked up a tough win on the road, 91-85. The Golden Suns trailed the Lady Bisons for the majority of the game until late in the fourth quarter. Hannah Villines grabbed the games only double-double, with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The Golden Suns scored the first four points of the first quarter before the Lady Bisons scored six unanswered points to take a 6-4 with 7:00 minutes left in the quarter. Harding went on a quick run, leading by as many as eight, 17-9. A layup from Jalei Oglesby brought the Golden Suns within four, 17-13 before the Lady Bisons scored the last four points of the quarter, leading 22-13.
Harding maintained their lead throughout the first minutes of the second half, leading by seven to nine points before Arkansas Tech pulled within three after a layup from Kaley Shipman, 30-27. A jumper from Ashlei Lopez tied things at 30-30 with 3:11 left in the first half. The Lady Bisons put together a quick 8-0 run before a Jayana Sanders' three-pointer capped the lead at seven going into halftime, 42-35.
Arkansas Tech came alive in the third quarter, cutting the lead to two, 46-44 in the first three minutes of the second half after a layup from Lopez. The Lady Bisons kept a small lead until another layup from Oglesby tied things up 56-56 with 3:17 left in the third. Another three-pointer from Sanders gave the Golden Suns their first lead, 59-58 with less than a minute to play. Harding grabbed a quick layup in the final seconds to go up 62-59 going into the final quarter of play.
The fourth quarter opened with a layup from Lopez to pull within one, 62-61 in the first 11 second of the last quarter. A free throw from Hannah Villines tied things at 64-64 with 7:37. The Golden Suns grabbed their first lead of the quarter, 71-69 after free throws from Oglesby with 5:14 to go. Arkansas Tech used a 10-0 run to take a 10-point lead, 83-73 with under three minutes to play. Harding answered with their own 6-0 pulling within four, 83-79 going into the final minute. The teams continued to trade points in the last 60 seconds before clutch free throws from the Golden Suns sealed the 91-85 victory.
Villines grabbed a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, the only double-double of the night. Lopez and Oglesby added 17 points each, followed by Sanders with 11 and Shipman with 10. This is the second time the Golden Suns have had six double-figure scorers this season. Arkansas Tech shot a season-high 50 percent from beyond the arc and 48 percent from the field.