SEARCY – Harding put on a defensive clinic in the first half of a 71-50 victory over Delta State on Monday in nonconference women’s basketball action at the Rhodes-Reaves Field House.
The victory was Harding’s fourth straight and pushed the Lady Bisons’ record to 4-1 overall. Delta State lost its second straight and fell to 2-2. It was the first time in the 28-game history of the series, which started in 2000, that the Lady Bisons won consecutive games against the Lady Statesmen.
Harding’s man-to-man defense held Delta State to only 5-of-30 (16.7%) shooting in the first half, and the Lady Bisons led by as many as 25 points before taking a 40-17 lead into the break.
Harding extended its lead to as many as 28 in the third quarter before Delta State connected on a couple of late 3-pointers that sent the game to the fourth quarter with the Lady Bisons leading 53-31.
Harding opens Great American Conference play at Ouachita Baptist on Nov. 30 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.