The golden road to victory for Suns in the GAC championship

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The Golden Suns edged out their first opponent Arkansas-Monticello 60-58 in Batesville, Oklahoma, in the Great American Conference tournament on Friday night.

Kelsey McClure a junior from Muskogee, Oklahoma, led the team in scoring off the bench with 13 points.

Bre Brooks, a senior from Tyler, Texas had 11 points, four steals and five assists.

Fatima Adams a senior from Bryan, Texas, also had 11 points. Aujana Dawkins, had eight points and 10 rebounds.

This game was very completive as it saw 15 lead changes and 4 ties as hit came down to the final seconds.

Adams suffered from foul trouble and had to sit with 4:41 left in the second quarter and did not see any more action until the fourth quarter.
UAM had a one-point lead going into half-time 33-32.

The Golden Suns pushed in the third quarter, taking the lead on the first possession of the third quarter with a layup by Anissa Pounds, a junior from Kotka, Finland.

In the opening minutes of fourth quarter, Tech took a seven-point lead but fouls began to pile up, as Brooks and Adams both fouled out.

Kelsey McClure came up big late, giving Tech the lead 58-57 at the 1:03 mark.

Kelsey McClure dished out an assist with 4.2 seconds left to Aujana Dawkins, a junior from Oakland, California, to make a layup as time expired to give the Golden Suns the win.

In the second round of the GAC tournament, the Golden Suns defeated Southern Arkansans University 99-85.

Adams bounced back in this game scoring a career high 43 points and 10 rebounds and became only the fourth player to score 40 points or more in a game and scoring in double figure the 54th time in her career.

Brooks and McClure both had 14 points.

The Golden Suns made the Muleriders turnover the ball 17 times to their eight.Tech lead by as many as 17 points in this game at 3:25 in the fourth quarter.

In the third round in the Conference Championship the Golden Suns beat Southwestern Oklahoma by 21 points 106 -85.

Adams had another monster game scoring 26 points in the first half to finish with 34 points and 12 rebounds. Adams was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Brooks had a good game scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds, and six assists. Brooks and McClure were named to the all-tournament team.The Golden Suns finished the regular season 26-3 and 21-1 in the GAC.

The Golden Suns have the number six seed in the NCAA Tournament as they face Missouri Western State University on Friday, March 11, 2016.