Women move to 3-3

by Lornna Bates

Managing editor


The Savage Storm women’s basketball team faced up against hosting opponent Harding in Searcy, Ark. on Saturday, Jan. 21. The Savage Storm lost to Harding 56-60, making the team’s record 7-9 for the overall season and 3-3 in Great American Conference play.

Senior guard Nikki Nester (10) led the Storm with 13 points. Senior forward Ashley Hobbs (23) and red-shirt freshman forward Haley Schaefer (50) contributed seven rebounds apiece.

Prior to Saturday’s loss, the Storm visited No. 9 Arkansas Tech on Thursday, Jan. 19 and before that hosted Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) on Saturday, Jan. 14.

On Jan. 19, the Savage Storm lost 56-61 at No. 9 Arkansas Tech in a tight scoring game. Hobbs led the team with 17 points in the matchup. Senior guard Ali Stone (14) and senior guard/forward Whitney Coffey (44) led the team in rebounds with nine each.

On Jan. 14, the women’s Savage Storm hosted Ouachita Baptist of Arkansas, winning the matchup 61-55. Nester led the Storm with 24 points, while Hobbs pulled in 14 rebounds.

The women’s basketball schedule has 10 games remaining, all of which are conference games. Look for the Savage Storm to face off against Southwestern Oklahoma State on the road Thursday, Jan. 26 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Then, the Savage Storm will host East Central Oklahoma on Saturday, Jan. 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena. Following this matchup, the Storm will host Southern Arkansas on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. followed by Arkansas – Monticello Saturday, Feb. 4 starting at 2 p.m.


Senior guard/forward Whitney Coffey (44) pulls up for a jumper against a Henderson State (Ark.) defender on Thursday, Jan. 12 in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena. The Savage Storm lost to the Reddies 78-64. (Photo courtesy of Dan Hoke)