Lady Lions Rank 2nd Among Assemblies of God Colleges
Vanguard, Evangel, SAGU Selected by NAIA Coaches
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Of the eighteen American colleges that are part of the Assemblies of God denomination, only ten produced women's basketball teams this winter.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University has gotten off to a 9-3 start in the 2010-2011 season. Only Northwest University, whose campus is near Seattle (Kirkland), Washington, has a better winning percentage. The Lady Eagles are 10-4 and are winning at a .710 pace.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) most recent Coaches Poll, however, has Vanguard University ranked 9th in the nation. The Lady Lions, from Costa Mesa, California, are 6-3.
Vanguard's only setbacks have come against the two-time defending national champion Union University (Tenn), Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn) and Biola University (Cal), the #1, #6 and #7 ranked teams in the NAIA - all away from their home, which is just south of Los Angeles.
Evangel University, from Springfield, Missouri, is currently 4-6, but were ranked #28 in the most recent NAIA poll. The Lady Crusaders losses have also come against high quality foes; #1 Union University (12-0), #8 Azusa Pacific University (11-3), #7 Biola University (11-2), Kansas' Baker University (7-5) and a pair of NCAA Division II teams; Arkansas Ft. Smith (8-2) and Missouri Southern State University (9-0).
SAGU's most impressive triumphs came on the road against Texas Wesleyan University (11-1), 59-56, and a 68-66 overtime triumph against Texas State University. The Lady Bobcats are in Division I of the NCAA.
Southwestern, 24-8 and 25-8 over the past two seasons, earned their first-ever bid to the NAIA national tournament last season. They were eliminated by the #1 Union University Lady Bulldogs. The game and the tourney are played in Jackson, Tennessee, where the Union campus is located.
Trinity Bible College is the only other team among the A/G's roll call to post a winning mark at this stage in the regular season. The North Dakota school is 6-5. Central Bible College (Missouri) has canceled the remainder of their season after starting 2-12.
Assemblies of God Women's College Basketball Teams
|Northwest University (Kirkland, Wash)||Lady Eagles||NAIA||10-4|
|SAGU (Waxahachie, Tx)||Lady Lions||NAIA||9-3|
|Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, Cal)||Lady Lions||NAIA||6-3|
|Trinity Bible College (Ellendale, ND)||Lady Lions||NCCAA||6-5|
|Evangel University (Springfield, Mo)||Lady Crusaders||NAIA||4-6|
|Valley Forge Christian College (Phoenixville, Pa)||Lady Patriots||NCCAA||5-8|
|Southeastern University (Lakeland, Fla)||Lady Flames||NAIA||2-6|
|North Central University (Minneapolis, Minn)||Lady Rams||NCAA III||2-8|
|Bethany University (Scotts Valley, Cal)||Lady Bruins||NAIA||2-8|
|Central Bible College (Springfield, Mo)||Lady Spartans||NCCAA||2-12*|
|*Cancelled remainder of this season|