SEARCY, AR (Harding) – The Harding women's basketball team won their eighth straight game on Saturday as they defeated Arkansas-Monticello 77-59 in Great American Conference action. The Lady Bisons improved to 11-4 overall and 7-2 in the GAC. Harding is in a four-way tie for first place in the GAC standings.
The Lady Bisons have won eight-straight games since the 2008-09 season when HU started the season 12-0. Harding is 7-0 at home this season. Arkansas-Monticello (2-12, 0-9 GAC) started the season 2-0 before losing their last 12 straight.
Harding was led by junior forward Kristen Celsor who had 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Celsor was 12-of-19 from the field and hit three 3-pointers. She also had a career-high four blocks.
The Lady Bisons had two other players in double-figure scoring. Sophomore forward Arielle Saunders had 14 points and a season-high 15 rebounds (six offensive-nine defensive) for her fifth double-double of the season. Sophomore guard Shana Holmes had 13 points.
Harding led 36-28 at halftime. The Lady Bisons went on a 15-3 run to open the second half and didn't look back making 16-of-31 from the field (51.6 percent), including 5-of-9 3-pointers (55.6 percent).
Harding outrebounded Arkansas-Monticello 46-33. The Lady Bisons grabbed 20 offensive rebounds. It was the third time this season HU has grabbed 20 or more offensive rebounds in a game. It was also the seventh time this season Harding has had 45 or more rebounds in a game.
Arkansas-Monticello was led by freshman guard Jordan Goforth who had 18 points, hitting five 3-pointers. Goforth also led UAM on the boards with nine. Junior guard Ashley Qualls had 10 points.
The Lady Bisons had a season-high 22 assists. HU was led by sophomore guard Michaela Brown who had career-high five in only eight minutes of action.
Harding will be back in action next Thursday (Jan. 24) as they host Arkansas Tech in GAC action at the Rhodes Field House at 5:30 p.m.