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The Sideline: Taylor Gault receives honors; Arkansas Sports Club luncheon

Posted: January 13, 2014 - 7:08pm

UALR’s Gault player of week

LITTLE ROCK — After combining for 50 points in two Sun Belt Conference victories last weekend, Arkansas-Little Rock junior guard Taylor Gault of Conway has been named the league’s Player of the Week.

Gault’s week began with a 27-point showing against previously unbeaten South Alabama. That point total — highest among any Trojan player all season — was the most points Gault had scored in nearly a year. She was 9-of-17 from the field in that contest including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, and she made all six free throws she took. She also had five rebounds, which tied a season best to that point.

On Saturday against Troy, Gault again eclipsed the 20-point mark, ending the evening with 23 points. She was 50 percent from the floor, hitting seven of the 14 shots she took. Gault was also 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. She bettered her season best and tied a career high with seven rebounds in that game while also picking up two steals, one block and helping to guard the conference’s top scorer throughout the game.

With 50 points combined, Gault broke her career high for most points in two consecutive games.

Gault is the first Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for UALR this season.

Earlier in the day, Gault was also named the Sun Belt Madness Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com.

Gault is the third-best per-game scorer in team history, averaging 14.8 points per game. She has also scored the sixth-most points in team history (1,181), made the seventh-most field goals (455), blocked the sixth-most shots (71) and picked up the ninth-most steals (121).

Sports Club luncheons moved to Tuesday

The monthly luncheons of the Arkansas Sports Club has been moved from Monday to Tuesday this year.

“There are several other luncheons on Mondays and several members, former members and guests said that Tuesdays would better fit their schedules,” said Mike Harrison, executive director of the Arkansas Sports Club. “So we are trying it in 2014 to see if it gives more people a chance to attend the meetings.”

Jim Lewis, a member of the Arkansas Officials Association Hall of Fame, will be the guest speaker at Tuesday’s luncheon at The Golden Corral.

Lunch, free to all interested, will begin at 11:30 a.m. The program will begin at 12:05 a.m.

Paxton Crawford to hold pitching camp

Conway County native and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Paxton Crawford will hold a “Pitchers Only” baseball camp for charity Feb. 1 at the Gardner School Indoor Baseball Facility (1000 S. Arkansas St.) in Russellville.

All proceeds from the event will go to the camp sponsor, Shield The World Foundation, a religious organization that helps needy children throughouyt the world.

The camp will include two sessions. Paxton will instruct ages 14-and-up from 9-noon and ages 9-13 from 1-4 p.m.. The cost of the camp is $49 and a gift bag will be included.

To allow more individual instruction, the camp will accept only 20 participants per session. Further information can be obtained by calling 501-472-1794.

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