Lions welcome fans on Community Night
Free admission offered Saturday
Chicken Express sponsors SAGU-Langston games
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Nothing attracts fans like a winning team. Unless, of course, you exclude the appeal honey has on bees and how oak trees entice lightning.
This Saturday evening, January 7, Southwestern Assemblies of God University is opening their doors for basketball fans to view a doubleheader for free.
Locals are invited to the “Chicken Express Community Night” between SAGU and Oklahoma’s Langston University. The women’s teams play at 5:30pm, while the men’s game is set for a 7:30pm opening tip-off. Doors to the Sheaffer Full Life Center gym will open at 4:30pm.
“This is a great opportunity for basketball fans in local communities who have never been to a SAGU game,” said new men’s head coach Donnie Bostwick. “Who can turn down the chance to experience an exciting family friendly atmosphere for free?”
His Lions are 9-1 and nationally ranked for the first time. The team is drawing near-packed crowds with a fast-paced, high intensity style that is punctuated with plenty of dunks and three-point baskets.
SAGU has two players who led the nation in scoring and rebounding last season in guard Ronald Horne (23.5 points per game) and forward Nathaniel Duce Ward (12.3 rpg).
The Purple Pride is currently ignited by sophomore point guard Dominique Rambo. He leads the team in scoring (18.7 ppg), assists (3.6), and steals (3.5).
This season the Lions are #2 in the country in three’s per game, making 10.5 treys in each contest. Offensively they pour in 81.8 ppg, which ranks #23 in the NAIA and a ballhawking defense is #3 in steals.
The SAGU Lady Lions are rebuilding this season after winning 23 or more games in each of the past three seasons. Coach Arlon Beadles squad is led by 6’0 junior Shaquita Roberts. She leads the nation in blocked shots (4.7 per game) and guard Nia Winston is tops in scoring (12.7 ppg).
The team is known for an effective 3-2 zone defense that ranks #7 in the NAIA. They limit teams to 33% shooting.
They will have their hands full on Saturday when Langston (11-0) comes to town. LU has won the past five Red River Athletic Conference championships and are currently #7 in the Coaches Poll.
Athletic Director Jesse Godding welcomes families, students, groups and youth teams to enjoy free admission to a nearby college sporting event.
SAGU is a Division I member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). They field athletic teams in football, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and added women’s fast-pitch softball, which begins this month.
For more information on the university, athletic program or a preview of Saturday’s games, visit www.sagu.edu.
Southwestern has grown from 500 students in the early 1990’s to well over 2,000. The university is located at 1200 Sycamore Street in Waxahachie.
The gym is located on campus. Take East University, between Burger King and Big Lots off of Main Street (Hwy 77). Pass the stop sign at John Arden Drive and enter the campus on its east side on the next right. Information and directions are available at the Security Building at the E. University entry.
The Sheaffer Center has large, well-lit columns in front. Adjacent parking at the back of the gym is available at no charge.
The Waxahachie Chicken Express is active in supporting community groups. Special giveaways and coupons from Chicken E will take place throughout the two games.