#8 Harding Lady Bison beat SE Oklahoma to remain undefeated
SEARCY (HardingSports.com) - Senior forward Kristen Celsor captured her 12th career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the eighth-ranked Harding women's basketball team over Southeastern Oklahoma 80-62 on Monday in Great American Conference action.
The Lady Bisons improved to 15-0 and 7-0 in the GAC. Southeastern Oklahoma falls to 8-5 overall and 6-1 in the GAC.
Celsor hit 7-of-13 from the field, including three 3-pointers. It was the seventh time this season she has led Harding in scoring. It was also her fifth time this season she has scored 20 or more points in a game.
Junior guard Shana Holmes scored Harding's first 10 points. Holmes scored the first eight points last Saturday at Ouachita Baptist. She finished with 12. Freshman guard A'ndrea Haney scored a career-high 13 points, hitting 5-of-7 from the field and a career-high three 3-pointers.
The Lady Bisons made a school record 16 3-pointers in the game as they attempted another school record 39. Harding made nine in the first half as they led 39-27 at the break. Celsor, Haney and sophomore guard Kaylee Wiedower all had three 3-pointers. All 10 of Harding players that played in the game attempted at least one 3-pointer.
Southeastern Oklahoma cut the Harding lead to 10 with 8:41 left to play on a layup by junior forward Haley Schaefer. The Lady Bisons then went on an 11-2 run that put the game out of reach of the Savage Storm.
Southeastern Oklahoma was led by junior guard Emily Williams who had 18 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kaylie Baxter added 11.
Harding outrebounded the Savage Storm 48-34. The Lady Bisons were led by junior forward Arielle Saunders who tied a season-high with 15. She has had 15 rebounds four times this season. Saunders also grabbed a career-high nine offensive rebounds.
Harding had 21 assists in the game led by Saunders who had seven. It was the fifth time this season the Lady Bisons have had 20 or more assists.
Saunders, who is Harding's blocks leader, added three more Monday to bring her total up to 124 which is 21 more than second place Bridget Benson (1993-97) who had 103.
Harding will be back in action on Thursday as they host Southern Arkansas at 5:30 p.m., at the Rhodes Field House.