Tuesday, April 23, 2024

WBB-D2: Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (13-11) at Henderson State Reddies (16-10)

In Henderson State’s final home game of the season against Arkansas Tech on senior night on Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the Duke Wells Center, the GAC’s top two scorers will face off.

Reddies Report:
Henderson State beat East Central 85-76 after coming back from an 11-point deficit in the third period. In their matchup with the Tigers, the Reddies converted 36 of 41 free throw attempts, tying the single-game record. Nine different players attempted to shoot from the foul line, and all nine of them succeeded in doing so.

After scoring 24 points in the game against East Central, Ashley Farrar reached 500 points for the second time in two seasons. The Green Woods, Ark. local is the fourth player starting around 1987 to score 500 focuses in consecutive seasons. Farrar is shooting 44.2 percent from the field and scoring 19.3 points per game, which ranks second in the GAC.

Olivia Allen, a freshman, scored ten points in her first double-digit Reddie game against the Tigers. She shot 2 for 2 from beyond the arc and had a steal and block. Abbie Jiles scored 15 points and was a perfect 4-4 from the foul line, while Gracie Raby scored 14 points, marking her 14th game in double figures.

HSU recorded its 11th victory at the Duke Wells Center this season and its fourth consecutive victory at home with the victory over ECU. Under home lights, the Reddies score an average of 73.6 points per game, which is 6.5 more than their season average (67.1).

In the first meeting, Henderson defeated Arkansas Tech by a score of 78-67 in the Tucker Coliseum. Raby led the Reddies with 22 points, with four players reaching double figures. The last four meetings between HSU and ATU have been won by HSU, including two straight victories at home.

Arkansas Tech (13-11, 11-9) has dropped to fourth place in the GAC standings after four losses in a row. In February, ATU has only won two games while suffering five losses. Southwestern Oklahoma State defeated Arkansas Tech 73-65 in the Tucker Coliseum.

The Golden Suns’ offense, which scores an average of 69.9 points per game, remains one of the best in the GAC despite recent struggles. Jalei Oglesby, ATU’s sharpshooter, is a big part of the offense’s success. He averages 20.3% more points per game than any other player in the GAC. In Arkansas Tech’s last seven games, Oglesby has scored at least 20 points and recorded three double-doubles.

With an average of 43.6 rebounds per game, ATU is the conference’s best rebounding team and one of only two teams to average more than 40 per game. With 8.7 per game, Oglesby ranks second in the conference, with 3.3 on offense and 5.4 on defense.

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