A road trip to Oklahoma that resulted in two losses broke the Golden Suns’ four-game winning streak and took Tech out of first place in the Great American Conference.
Tech (19-5, 14-4 GAC) lost 66-56 at East Central (15-8, 11-6 GAC) on Feb. 19 and 80-68 to Southeastern Oklahoma (18-8, 11-7 GAC) on Saturday. Both teams Tech beat earlier in the season — East Central by 12 and Southeastern Oklahoma by 11.
The Golden Suns could not overcome the 10-point lead East Central controlled during the first half, as teams went into the break 33-23. A jumper by Katrina Hayden cut East Central’s lead to eight to start the second half, but the Lady Tigers pushed their lead to 11 by the 15:06 mark.
The Golden Suns fought back to within two by the 12:20 mark and later within one by 7:02 by a Anissa Pounds jumper, but East Central used missed shots, turnovers and free throws to pull ahead by 13 and win by 10.
Fatima Adams led Tech with 20 points, followed by Pounds with 16 and Hayden and Jacinda Myers-Sanders with seven each. East Central shot more than twice as many free throws as the Golden Suns, who made 9-of-15.
Although Tech was only down 35-33 at halftime to Southeastern Oklahoma, the Golden Suns were outscored by 10 in the second half to fall 80-68.
Tech tied the score with a layup by Myers less than a minute into the second half, but Southeastern Oklahoma regained a substantial lead the Golden Suns could never match.
Adams led Tech with 21 points, while Pounds had 19 and Hayden had 11. Tech shot 40.6 percent from the field, compared to Southeastern Oklahoma’s 46 percent. However, the Golden Suns went 13-for-21 in free throws, while Southeastern Oklahoma went 9-for-11.
The Golden Suns will host Harding Academy at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Arkansas-Monticello is the site of the final-regular season game at 2 p.m. on Saturday.