BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Top-seeded Harding won its 11th-straight contest as the Lady Bisons coasted to a 77-45 victory against Arkansas-Monticello in Thursday’s second Great American Conference Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal contest from the Bruin Fieldhouse.
Harding (25-3) established a GAC Championship single-game record for fewest points allowed, besting the prior record by a point. The Lady Bisons held a share of the old record when they gave up 46 points against the Blossoms in a 2015 GAC Semifinal contest.
The Harding offense featured a balanced attack as nine players saw at least 18 minutes of actions and seven scored at least five points. First-Team All-GAC selection Sydney Layrock led with 15 points and made 5-of-8 from the floor. Falan Miller added 12 points with three 3-point field goals. GAC Newcomer of the Year Caroline Hogue produced her seventh double-double as she amassed 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Correy Moyer led the bench production with 10 points and she converted 3-of-4 from the floor. The Harding bench outscored the UAM (11-16) bench 27-4.
Treasure Evans tallied 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting to pace the Blossoms. The rest of the team shot a combined 27.5 percent from the floor.
Harding, the No. 2 team in the recent NCAA Division II Central Region rankings will take on the winner of Friday’s Southeastern Oklahoma State-East Central contest in Saturday’s opening women’s semifinal, set for Noon on GACSportsNetwork.com.
The Lady Bisons swept the season series with the Tigers while SWOSU handed Harding its lone conference loss, a one-point decision on January 26.