Digest for 02-04-14


LOCAL

WC girls win

LITTLE ROCK — The Watson Chapel ninth grade girls basketball team defeated Arkansas Baptist 26-10 Monday night to improve to 6-3 in the 5A South conference.

Cayla Trotter led the Lady Wildcats with 11 points and Destiney Qualls chipped in with six.

Watson Chapel will host Lake Hamilton on Thursday.

Chapel edges Baptist

LITTLE ROCK — The Watson Chapel ninth grade boys team defeated Arkansas Baptist 42-39 Monday night.

Simeon Blair led the team with 16 points while Michael Williams and Griffen Penny scored eight points each.

Watson Chapel (13-5, 9-2 5A South) will host nonconference opponent Lake Hamilton Thursday.

Weevils hold off Mules at Minute Maid

HOUSTON — The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team second straight victory over a nationally-ranked team with a 4-2 win over No. 19 Central Missouri on Tuesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Senior Kade Garlington (1-0) earned the win, allowing one run off three hits with four strikeouts and three walks in the first six innings. Junior Jeff Harvill picked up the save after getting the Weevils out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth and keeping UCM off the board in the ninth as well.

Kurtis Schuyler (0-1) took the loss for the Mules after giving up four runs off five hits with six strikeouts and one walk in the first 5.1 innings.

Sophomore Corey Wood and senior Alex Lang led UAM with two hits each.

On Sunday, UAM (3-0) scored five runs in the sixth inning and added nine runs in the seventh to collect a 16-5 run-rule victory over nationally 15th-ranked St. Mary’s University.

Junior Turner Neely (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Weevils.

The Weevils close out their participation in the Houston Winter Invitational today against Great American Conference member Henderson State. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.

Wilson earns second GAC player of the week honor

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello senior forward Brandon Wilson has been named the Great American Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season after leading the Boll Weevils to a pair of league road wins over the past week.

Wilson is the first men’s player to earn a second weekly award from the conference office. The Rayville, La. native averaged 17 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as the Weevils grabbed a 55-51 win at Northwestern Oklahoma State on Thursday night and then posted their largest conference win of the season in terms of point differential in a 68-52 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford.

STATE

Neighbour named Sun Belt player of the week

LITTLE ROCK — Senior Will Neighbour has been named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. Neighbour put together another stellar week while helping UALR to wins against Louisiana and South Alabama.

Neighbour averaged 23.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 76.4 percent from the floor, 75.0 percent from 3-point range and 85.7 percent from the foul line in the two victories.

Against Louisiana on Thursday, Neighbour tallied his sixth double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor and a 9-of-11 effort from the line. He followed that up with 23 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while shooting 6 of 8 from the floor and 9 of 10 from the charity stripe on Saturday at South Alabama. The Grayshott, England, native also connected on 3 of 4 3-point tries while playing 72 total minutes in the two games.

The weekly honor is Neighbour’s first of the season and third of his career. He and the Trojans return to action this week with matchups against Georgia State (Thursday) and Western Kentucky (Saturday) at the Jack Stephens Center.

Oaklawn cancels after third race

HOT SPRINGS — Deteriorating winter weather forced Oaklawn to cancel after the third race Sunday. The jockeys and track management met after the race and made the mutual decision to err on the side of caution and cancel. While the track was safe at the time, the weather was getting worse by the minute and the forecast was calling for even heavier rain and snow later in the day.

Arkansas falls to Auburn

FAYETTEVILLE — Jessica Jackson recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, but the Arkansas women’s basketball team (15-6, 2-6 SEC) saw its lead evaporate in the second half to Auburn (11-10, 2-6) and fell 56-48 at Bud Walton Arena on Sunday.

Fellow freshman McKenzie Adams chimed in with nine points, which marked her most since scoring 18 points at home against Mississippi State on Jan. 12. It was not enough, however, as the Tigers closed with an 18-2 run and left with the win.

REGIONAL

Durant gets 31, Thunder beat Grizzlies

OKLAHOMA CIITY — Kevin Durant began a new scoring streak and helped the Oklahoma City Thunder get back in the win column.

Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and the Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 86-77 on Monday night.

Durant scored 26 points in his last two games after registering at least 30 in 12 straight outings. He finished 11-of-21 from the floor for the Thunder, who had their 10-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Washington.

Serge Ibaka added 21 points and 12 boards in the win.

Zach Randolph netted 13 points to go with 13 rebounds for Memphis, which had its six-game winning streak halted.