Prior to defeating Ouachita Baptist, the Golden Suns were beat 57-52 on Jan. 29 by Southern Arkansas in Magnolia. After facing a 12-point halftime deficit, the Golden Suns (15-3, 10-2 Great American Conference) could not overcome the Lady Muleriders (5-13, 3-9 GAC) in the second half.
Tech took a 4-2 lead by the 17:55 mark in the first half with a jumper by Danielle Frachiseur and held the advantage until the Lady Muleriders took a 10-8 lead off a 3-pointer with 12:57 remaining. Southern Arkansas then held the lead the remainder of the half. A jumper by the Lady Muleriders extended their lead to 10 with 2:15 remaining, and a free throw with 44 seconds remaining put the Lady Muleriders up 36-24 at the end of the half.
Southern Arkansas came out of the break with a 12-point lead and quickly extended it to 16 by the 18:31 mark with two free throws. The Golden Suns then began to slowly cut into Southern Arkansas’ lead, staring with a layup by Frachiseur for a 40-26 deficit with 17:16 remaining.
A jumper by Anissa Pounds at the 16:33 mark put Tech within 12, and two free throws by Mary Crow put the Golden Suns within 10. Neither team scored for nearly four minutes, but it was the Lady Muleriders who broke the skid with two free throws to lengthen their lead to 42-30 with 12:03 left.
By the 7:18 mark, Fatima Adams completed a layup to cut the score to 44-35, and a 3-pointer by Katrina Hayden at 6:43 put the Golden Suns within six points. Adams made a free throw to cut it to five at 6:09, but it took the Golden Suns to the 1:11 mark to reach any closer to catching Southern Arkansas.
Pounds made a jumper at 1:11 to reach a 51-47 Lady Mulerider advantage, but then Southern Arkansas made a layup itself to extend a six-point lead. Adams drained a 3-pointer to bring Tech within three points with 42 seconds left, but two free throws by the Lady Muleriders extended their lead back to five points.
Adams made a jumper with 20 seconds left to put Tech within three, but that was as close as the Golden Suns would come to overcoming the Lady Muleriders, who completed two free throws with five seconds left to seal the win.
Adams led the Golden Suns with 20 points, followed by Frachiseur with 15 points and Pounds with 10 points. Katrina Hayden recorded five points and four steals.
Tech shot a weak 35 percent from the field and made 3-of-14 3-pointers, while Southern Arkansas shot 30 percent and made 3-of-9 3-pointers.
Tech committed 28 turnovers, while the Lady Muleriders committed 30. The Golden Suns scored 26 points in the paint, 27 points off turnovers and recorded 17 fast-break points, while Southern Arkansas scored 20 points in the paint and 17 points off turnovers but also scored 27 bench points.