Southwestern hosts Paul Quinn College

Preview of Lady Lions and Lions games

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Tonight's college basketball doubleheader at the Sheaffer Center will pit Southwestern Assemblies of God University against Paul Quinn College.

Both games will be broadcast on the internet by SAGU SPORTS Live, which is aired in high definition to fans free of charge. Access can be found at www.sagu.edu by clicking on Watch SAGU TV.

The women's pre-game show, hosted by Clay Scarborough and Tim Roberts, begins at 5:15pm CST. Following post-game comments around 7:00pm, the men's game is discussed about 7:15pm. 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL   5:30pm

The SAGU Lady Lions, fresh off a 63-59 defeat of Wiley College, hope to extend their improved play in their 5:30pm clash with the Lady Tigers. They lead the series against Paul Quinn, 7-4, and have won the last three meetings.

Southwestern is led by sophomore point guard Nia Winston, whose 12.4 points per game average is tops on the team. Another sophomore, shooting guard Jirah Rodriguez, is scoring 8.5 per outing. The two are dual threats on the perimeter, where they have made 26 and 16 three-pointers respectively. They both will drive to the rack when opportunities arise. 

The Purple Pride's backbone is their frontcourt. Junior center Shaquita Roberts is SAGU's version of All State's Mayhem character. The co-captain wreaks havoc in the paint where she leads the nation in rejecting shots with 62. That's 4.8 swats per game.

Her offensive game has developed, and is currently averaging 8.5 ppg. When it comes to rebounding she could be sponsored by Windex. She wipes the glass clean, with 10.5 boards per contest.

Her sidekick is senior co-captain Gabby Bruner. The blue collar forward is claiming 8.4 rebounds and 6.3 points during a season that has clearly displayed her grit and moxie.

Southwestern graduated their top four backcourt players and have been going through a rebuilding or a retooling phase that has seen growing pains expressed by plenty of turnovers. Still, the team's defense and discipline have remained steadfast.

Coach Arlon Beadles' team is 4-10 in all games and 1-7 in the Red River Athletic Conference. They are scoring 54 ppg and allowing 59. In suffering four defeats in which they lost the lead in the last two minutes, the Team Lioness record is deceiving.

Pual Quinn, from Dallas, is a unique squad of just five players who are holding their own while averaging 40 minutes of playing time apiece.

At 3-11 overall and 2-6 in the RRAC, they are earning their stripes with the benefit of a bench to keep the starters fresh.

A pair of junior guards from Michigan are providing much of the team's offense. Chaniese Turner and Chaneque Hills are pouring in 14.6 and 14.5 ppg, with the former leading the team in threes (12) and assists (3.2 per game).

On the interior, watch for 6'0 junior center Dominique Mitchell in a head-to-head clash with SAGU's Roberts. Mitchell is scoring 13.7 ppg while reeling in 11.1 rebounds per contest.

MEN'S BASKETBALL   7:30pm

Southwestern has had their share of struggles with Paul Quinn College in recent seasons. Last winter they were on the wrong end of 88-85 and 71-68 setbacks, the latter settled in overtime. Quinn leads the overall series, 7-5, and enter tonight's match toting a three-game winning streak against the Lions.

SAGU, 11-3 overall and 5-3 in the Red River, seek to bounce back after a 70-68 home loss to Wiley College two days ago. The team's three losses have all come against nationally ranked teams.

Under new head coach Donnie Bostwick the Lions are quicker and much deeper and rely on defense to fuel an offense that is averaging 79.5 ppg. Bostwick sends in fresh troops like breakers pounding a beachhead.

The squad's energetic style can best be summarized as "all out." Undersized by RRAC standards, they find a way to get the same number of rebounds as their opponents (42) and lead the league in offensive boards (16.2).

SAGU also has the league's best turnover margin. They average making 18.5 givaways per game, which is fifth best. Their ballhawking, man-to-man defense coaxes 25.1 enemy mistakes, giving Team Purp a +6.57 benefit. Only Our Lady of the Lake University force more turnovers (26.0) than do the Lions.

Called "hustle points" in the NBA, Southwestern is developing an M.O. by also drawing a high number of charging fouls while also wood-surfing, or diving for loose balls during games. The Lions have not enjoyed a winning season in years and the hungar is apparent.

The Lions are led by their three starting guards; Dominique Rambo, Ronald Horne and Craig Grigsby. Rambo paces the club in scoring at 18.6 ppg, with Grigsby and Horne at 10.2 and 10.0. All are just as dangerous firing from downtown as they are at driving the lane.

The team's board work is evenly disributed, with Duce Ward and Horne grabbing their lionshare of rebounds, at 6.3 and 5.8 caroms per game. Christian Wood-Dvorak, the resident proletariat, averages 5.2 rebounds while playing a role that seems better suited for a construction worker or linebacker.

Mike Nwelue (new-WELL-a-way), known for his hops, is one of several dynamic dunkers. The freshman forward averages 5.1 rpg. Jonathan Walter has been coming on of late and is a clutch playmaker.

Paul Quinn won their most recent game when they overcame a 37-25 halftime deficit to thump Texas College by a 63-60 count. Aaron McCuin, a junior forward, keyed the charge with 25 points. He is second on the team in scoring with a 14.7 average and is snaring 11.0 boards per night.

Nafis Richardson, a guard who hails from Delaware, owns the team's highest scoring stats. He averages 22.0 ppg and is their most dangerous three-point threat.

Freshman guard Deandre Harden's game skills have shown him to have a sharpshooter's eye and the hands of a catalyst. He is known for knocking down free throws and threes and averages 8.7 ppg.

As a team, Paul Quinn averages 70 ppg.

Interesting team totals reflect the Lions' alurement to the three-pointer. They are second to OLLU in three's made per game; 12.1 to 9.6 triples. At 3.8, the Tigers are last in the RRAC in threes per game.

When it comes to free throw shooting, however, Paul Quinn is converting theirs at a 66% clip, which is 5th best in the Red River. SAGU is last at 59%.

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