COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Roddenberry hits bit of a skid for Harding

Zach Roddenberry recently had a rare off night for Harding University. The former Salem basketball standout was held to just two points and missed all three of his field goal attempts in the Bisons' 69-57 loss to Arkansas Tech on Monday.

It was the junior forward's lowest point total of the season and since exploding for 23 points and 10 rebounds against Southwestern Oklahoma State Jan. 14, Roddenberry is averaging eight points and five rebounds in Harding's last three games.

Roddenberry still leads the team in scoring (13.6 points) and rebounding (6.1) while shooting an outstanding 73 percent (86 of 118) from the field in 16 games. Harding (8-8, 3-3 in Great American Conference) host the University of Arkansas at Monticello tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Tech women knock off Virginia.

Sasha Goodlett had 14 points and 11 rebounds, the senior center's sixth double-double of the season, and Tyaunna Marshall added 13 points the Yellow Jackets defeated Virginia, 63-53 Wednesday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Virginia (15-7, 3-5 ACC) got to within 49-46 on a jumper by Ataira Franklin at the 9:28 mark, but Sydney Wallace hit a pair of 3-pointers to start Tech (15-6, 5-3) on a 12-2 run that gave the hosts their largest lead of the game at 61-48.

"First of all, I was really proud of our effort tonight," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "Playing a very, very good Virginia team tonight, I was pleased with our ability to sustain our confidence, momentum and our defensive presence. To hold them to 53 points is huge for us."

Metra Walthour had a nice all-around game for the Yellow Jackets, contributing 11 points, six assists and six rebounds. Ariana Moorer led Virginia with 14 points. Tech next hits the court when it travels to Clemson on Sunday at p.m.

Bulldogs softball preseason top ten.

The University of Georgia softball team is ranked No. 10 in the pre-season USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association top 25 poll released Tuesday. The Bulldogs, who return 11 players from last year's 51-14 team that made the program's tenth consecutive NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Super Regional for the fifth time, will play 10 opponents ranked in the preseason poll.

That slate includes SEC foes No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Alabama, No. 13 Kentucky, No. 14 Tennessee and No. 22 LSU, as well as a a date with Georgia Tech, which is unranked in the USA Today poll but is No. 23 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.

Georgia opens its season in Athens Feb. 10 against Army in the Red & Black Showcase.

Thompson helps out in non-conference win.

Former Rockdale star Bernard Thompson had 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting and handed out four assists in Florida Gulf Coast's 101-58 victory over Longwood in non-conference play.

The Eagles, 10-10 overall and 5-4 in Atlantic Sun play, host Kennesaw State on Saturday.