An 18-point win over Southern Nazarene Saturday placed the No. 20 Golden Suns in first place in the Great American Conference with four games remaining in the season.
No. 24 Tech defeated Southern Nazarene 78-60 at Tucker Coliseum, and because Southeastern Oklahoma defeated Harding the same day, the Golden Suns were able to solidify the top GAC spot. Tech will finish the season with three road trips and the last home game on Feb. 26 — against the Harding Lady Bisons.
Fatima Adams scored 29 points in route to Tech’s (19-3, 14-2 GAC) 18-point win against Southern Nazarene (7-16, 4-13 GAC).
After falling behind early in the first half, a 3-pointer by Anna Lea Little gave Tech its first lead at the 14:36 mark. The Golden Suns extended their lead to as many as 16 with 1:12 remaining with a free throw by Caroline Eubanks and finished the half with a 42-28 advantage.
Southern Nazarene cut Tech’s lead to eight early in the second half and again at the 13:01 mark, but a layup by Jacinda Myers-Sanders with 12:45 left gave the Golden Suns a 10-point lead, which they held the remainder of the game. Adams made the final two free throws of play to give Tech its largest lead and final score of 78-60.
Myers-Sanders scored 14 points and added eight rebounds, and Eubanks cored 10 points. Tech shot 49 percent from the field and almost 36 percent in 3-pointers, also making 13-of-18 free throws. Thirty-six points were scored in the paint, and 14 points were scored of turnovers.
Next for the Golden Suns is a road trip to Oklahoma, starting with East Central on Thursday and Southeastern Oklahoma Saturday. Tech returns for Harding on Feb. 26 before its regular-season final game at Arkansas-Monticello on Feb. 28.