The Golden Suns will host the Southern Nazarene Lady Crimson Storm at 5:30 p.m. tonight at Tucker Coliseum. Last weekend, the Golden Suns lost to the 10th ranked Southwestern Oklahoma Lady Bulldogs, 74-62.
The Golden Suns, 12-3 in Great American Conference play will be taking on the Lady Crimson Storm, 5-10 in GAC play. The Golden Suns remain second in the GAC behind the Lady Bulldogs, who have clinched a berth to the 2018 GAC Basketball Championship. The Lady Crimson Storm sits at 11th in the GAC after losing the last six of its games.
The Golden Suns took on their first nationally ranked team of the season. They took the loss 74-62 after battling it out well into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs led at the end of the first quarter with a score of 20-15. After a 15-2 run from the Golden Suns and a trade of a few buckets, they had the advantage with a 32-26-point lead with 2:22 left in the first half.
With 25 seconds left in the half, the Lady Bulldogs worked to take back the lead, which made it 35-34. A free-throw from Kylie Ladd, from Ozark, tied it up going into halftime.
After many lead changes, the Lady Bulldogs bury a three with 1:06 left in the third quarter to make it 53-52.
The fourth quarter was all the Lady Bulldogs as they opened the fourth quarter with a 7-1 run. The Golden Suns pulled back to within three after a pair of free-throws from Jacie Higgins, from Conway, but the Lady Bulldogs pulled away after scoring the last nine points of the game.
The Golden Suns shot for 40 percent from the field and hit only three 3-pointers all game. They were able to turn 13 offensive rebounds into 17 second chance points in the loss. Cheyenne North, from Gallatin, Tennesse, racked up 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks on the night. Jayana Sanders, from Pine Bluff, followed behind North with 12 points and Ladd adding seven more. Lyrik Williams, from Crystal, Minnesota, picked up a team high 13 rebounds in the game.