Lions roll past Horns, 24-13, in season finale

Updates on Volleyball, Football, Men's and Women's Hoops

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Three teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God University are in action this weekend. The schedule and scores are posted below. Complete stories on the accounts of each contest, along with numerous photographs, will appear on Saturday and Sunday.

VOLLEYBALL

Red River Athletic Conference Tournament  /  held in Fort Worth

#3 University of St. Thomas (18-15) eliminated #6 seeded  SAGU (17-15), 3-1, in the quarterfinals. The Lady Lions fell 21-25, 23-25, won 25-21, and lost 13-25. It was the first time since 2005 the team lost their first match in the tourney. 

SAGU had beaten St. Thomas, from Houston, twice during the regular season, both times by winning in five games, 3-2.

St. Thomas upset Wiley College in the semi-finals, 3-1, before falling to #1 seed UT-Brownsville, 3-0 in the finals.

The Lady Lions will host the NCCAA's Central Regional Tournament next week, Nov. 15-17. All of the action will take place in the Sheaffer Center.

Four or five teams will participate in a round robin first round on Thursday and Friday, meaning each team will play three or four matches. The finals are next Saturday, with the winner advancing to Nationals in Orlando, Florida; Nov. 29 through December 1.

WOMEN's BASKETBALL

The SAGU Classic  /  hosted on campus

The Lady Lions held off a furious rally by Dallas Christian College, 80-68, on Friday night.

SAGU built a quick lead and extended it to 20+ points. The Crusaders went on a 25-4 run to take the lead, 68-67, with 4:56 to play. Following a timeout, the Purple Pride re-united to close the game with 13 unanswered points to post their first win of the season.

The Lady Lions led at the half, 50-31. All five starters scored in double-figures.

After a close first half against Wayland Baptist University on Saturday night, the Lady Lions came out of the lockerroom sluggish and the Flying Queens took command. SAGU trailed 21-19 late in the first half before a flurry of three-pointers by Wayland broke the game open.

A 24-19 halftime advantage zoomed to 41-21. Wayland went on to score 40 in the second half for a 64-43 triumph. Details and stats will be posted later tonight and Sunday.

The Flying Queens lost to the NAIA's #19 ranked team, LSU-Shreveport, 54-50, earlier on Friday evening. Wayland led for all but a few moments in the game, having built leads of 8-0, 21-11 and 28-18 at the half.

Wayland, from West Texas, established a 36-22 advantage before the Lady Pilots came back. A 19-6 run gave them the lead, 43-42, on a three-ball by Sharde (SHAR-day) Henry. Wayland bounced back on a transition basket by Aubrey Pedigo, 47-43, at the 4:40 mark.

Following another Henry triple, the blue-clad Queens netted their last basket, a trey by Olivia Patterson, to lead, 49-46, with 2:05 remaining.

Christy Willis took center stage with an equallizing 3-ball  from the corner at the 1:41 mark. She then launched another, this one from the right wing, for a 52-49 lead with 0:36 to go. They would not relinquish it, finishing with eight consecutive points.  WBU added a free throw in the final five seconds.

Henry paced LSUS with 19, while Willis tossed in 17. Angeleigh Davis topped the Flyers with 18. WBU hurt their cause by missing 10 of 16 free throws. LSUS, who won the rebounds battle, 32-23, was 10-of-15.

The River Runners will meet Dallas Christian at 5:30pm on Saturday.

FOOTBALL

The Lions (4-6) jumped to a 15-0 first quarter lead on a pair of rushing touchdowns and went on to defeat Texas College, 24-13, on a wind-blown Saturday afternoon.

Landry Martinez (Grandview, Tx / East Texas Baptist Univ., Godley HS) scored on an 8-yard run and Cade Leuschner (Waco, Tx / Robinson HS) took a direct snap and dashed 36-yards for the second score. Nic Morphew (Grandview, Tx / Howard Payne Univ., Grandview HS) added a two-point conversion with a short run.

James Gish (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) added three field goals, two of them into a 25 mph wind. The Lions led 18-7 at the half and extended it to 24-7 in the third. 

SAGU's defense made a number of key stops, led by cornerback Nick Ekanem (Richmond, Tx / Arkansas State Univ., B.F. Terry HS), to hold the Steers (2-9) at bay.

Ekanem  (EE-kon-um) made his 8th interception and came up with a fumble - both in the red zone.

A full story - filled with photos - will be posted late Saturday/Sunday.

SENIOR DAY

Southwestern Assemblies of God University will pay tribute to five seniors at halftime. Four of them play football for the Lions; DE Richard (AH-da-WALL-ah) Adewola (Richmond, Tx / B.F. Terry HS), WR Nic Morphew (Grandview, Tx / Howard Payne Univ., Grandview HS), RB Sean Haynes (Katy, Tx / Univ. of Houston, Taylor HS) and CB Nick  (EE-kon-um) Ekanem (Richmond, Tx / Arkansas State Univ., B.F. Terry HS).

Senior co-captain of the Cheer Team, Catherine Sullivan, also concludes her career this semester.

Waxahachie Independent School District Appreciation Day will allow all students, faculty, staff from WISD schools, as well as all Waxahachie residents, free admission.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The #26 ranked Lions play an exhibition game on Monday., Nov. 12, against one of the NCAA Division II's best. They travel to Stephenville for an 8:00pm clash with Tarleton State University.

SAGU will travel to Kansas next weekend for two games in the Sterling Classic. They play Tabor College (Ks) on Friday, and Sterling College on Saturday.

A huge game is on tap for Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, Nov. 24. California's Westmont College, ranked in the Top 20, will be in town. They will meet SAGU at 5:00pm in a intersectional battle of ranked teams.

The Warriors will also goes up against Jarvis Christian College at the Sheaffer Center the night before at 5pm.

Local fans are urged to attend. The games will not be broadcast.

Contact: Mark "Link" Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.