Arkansas Tech survives UAM upset bid in women's GAC Tournament

    10:00 PM, Mar 7, 2013   |    comments
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    BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (GAC) - Top-seeded Arkansas Tech rallied late in regulation to force the first-ever overtime game in Great American Conference Basketball Championship history, then controlled the extra session to outlast Arkansas-Monticello, 68-62, in the third quarterfinal of the 2013 GAC Women's Basketball Championship from Bruin Fieldhouse.

    The Cotton Blossoms (6-21) held the lead for most of the final nine minutes of regulation as they attempted to match Southeastern Oklahoma's upset of Arkansas Tech from last year's No. 1-No. 8 contest. The Golden Suns (21-6) scored eight of the final nine points in regulation and tied the game on a Jessica Weatherford jumper with 15.4 seconds remaining. Caitlyn Spurgeon blocked the last-second shot of UAM's Candace Virgadamo and forced the extra period.

    Weatherford six of her team-high 23 points in overtime. She added 16 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season, her second against the Cotton Blossoms. GAC Player of the Year and Defender of the Year Roselis Silva added 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Her four steals gave her 268 and established an Arkansas Tech career record.

    GAC Freshman of the Year Jordan Goforth led the Cotton Blossoms' upset attempt. She matched Weatherford with 23 points and did so on 9-for-16 shooting.

    The Golden Suns advanced to Saturday's semifinals where they will face the winner of the East Central and Ouachita Baptist game at 2:30 p.m. Arkansas Tech split with both squads, winning at home and losing the road contests.

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