Golden Suns win season opener

LAURA BEAN/THE ARKA TECH: Fatima Adams drives around a defender during a recent exhibition game at Tucker Coliseum. Adams scored 21 points against Ecclesia.
LAURA BEAN/THE ARKA TECH: Fatima Adams drives around a defender during a recent exhibition game at Tucker Coliseum. Adams scored 21 points against Ecclesia.

The Golden Suns claimed their season opener by a 60-point margin over Ecclesia College on Monday at Tucker Coliseum. Arkansas Tech (1-0) outscored the Royals (5-6) 100-40 with the help of a 21-point, nine-rebound effort from Fatima Adams.

Adams made a jumper 30 seconds into the first half to begin a 23-2 run by the Golden Suns. The Royals managed to make a few baskets, but could not stop Tech from driving to a 34-point, 50-16 lead by halftime.

Tech scored 18 points in the first 4:23 into the second half, gaining a 68-18 advantage. The Golden Suns continued to offensively oppress the Royals, reaching a margin of 60 points when Breonna Johnson picked a steal and passed to Adams for a layup with 5:01 remaining. Mary Crow made the 100th point with 59 seconds left to give Tech its first-game win.

Four additional Golden Suns scored double digits — Katrina Hayden, Anissa Pounds, Jacinda Myers-Sanders and Fabiana Monte — en route to a 60.6 field goal percentage. Tech held the Royals to a 26.3 percent field goal percentage.

Tech scored 66 points in the paint and 49 points off turnovers — forcing 34 turnovers on the Royals. Fifteen second-chance points where scored, 28 fast-break points were scored and 27 bench points were scored.

The Golden Suns will face the challenging, No. 22 Delta State on 5:30 p.m. Friday at Tucker Coliseum. Great American Conference rival, No. 15 Harding University defeated Delta State 65-40 on Monday at Rhodes Fieldhouse.

Tech will host Paine College on at 2 p.m. on Sunday. GAC play begins Dec. 4, when Tech will Ouachita Baptist.