Biggest Wins of 2012
Fans vote on SAGU's top victories
E-mail your Top 5 selections by Jan. 15
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Athletic teams at Southwestern Assemblies of God University enjoyed around 100 victories from January through December during this past year.
But which of the wins were the most significant? Which ones made the biggest impact? Which were most exciting? Which were pulled out at the wire?
Of games won, which were marked with the best performances or were considered upsets?
Which triumphs carried special meaning or included highlight performances by individuals?
Reflecting on the efforts of all eight intercollegiate competitive teams, fans can voice their opinion by selecting their Top 5 from the list below. Or add one to the list.
E-mail your five selections, in order of preference, by Tuesday, January 15, at midnight (CST). One vote per e-mail address. Limit your ballot to five and a one sentence reason or comment on each.
2012 Highlight Wins
Here are twenty-five Biggest Wins that made the grade according to SAGU’s Sports Information Director.
1. MBB SAGU 75-73 @ Texas Wesleyan (Dec. 17)
TWU was ranked #12 in the NAIA. First-ever win against the Rams on the road. SAGU was 2-29 against them heading into the game on Dec. 17. Lions once led, 39-23. Tied at 72, Duce Ward dunked an alley-oop pass from Mike Nwelue. Making only 14 of 29 free throws let the Rams back in the game. The Lions, now 11-3, starters turned the ball over just seven times.
2. MBB SAGU 106-80 Our Lady of the Lake (Feb. 11)
Lions routed no. 8 OLLU (27-8) on 53% shooting, 15 three-pointers, and won the boards 45-30. SAGU led 54-45 at the half. The Saints had handed SAGU their biggest loss earlier, 98-79. Lions return the favor by the same margin.
Ronald Horne, Craig Grigsby each score 19. Jonathan Walter canned 16, James Ford 15, Caleb Feemster 13. The Halos managed to hit just 33% of their attempts.
3. FB SAGU 28-27 (OT) @ Oklahoma Panhandle State (Oct. 27)
Lions earn first win over NCAA Division 2 Aggies, on the road. Defense forces six turnovers, including two interceptions by Dalton Snyder, and one apiece from Nick Ekanem and Mo Mansaray, who returned his 10 yards for a TD.
SAGU, who led 21-7, got two rushing TD's from Landry Martinez and the overtime winner from QB Reid Golson (25 yard dash). James Gish kicked the point after that broke a 27-all tie.
4. WBB SAGU 63-59 Wiley College (Jan. 12)
Lady Lions stunned the Wildcats (20-10 record) by rallying in the second half. Shaquita Roberts scored 18 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked 6 shots. Nia Winston and Jirah Rodriguez netted 16 and 13 points. Gabby Bruner had 11 boards.
5. WS SAGU 1-0 @ Our Lady of the Lake (Oct. 11)
Stunning win in San Antonio when senior Jessica Powell-Roman scores unassisted in the final minute. SAGU was outshot by a 22-2 count by the Lady Saints, who entered the game with a 7-4 record and were 5-0 in the RRAC.
Probably the biggest win in the young women's soccer program's history. Haley Shingleton made nine saves and posted a shutout. She had six in 2012.
6. MBB SAGU 84-81 Hope International (Mar. 17)
The Lions finish third at the NCCAA Nationals in Indiana by rallying from a 59-41 deficit with 14 minutes left to beat Hope (from Calif). Mike Nwelue converted a 3-point play on a drive following a pass from Dominique Rambo for SAGU's first lead at 79-78.
Craig Grigsby made the final five points on the foul line. Lions' 27-11 record was the largest turnaround in college hoops.
7. VB SAGU 3-2 Oklahoma City (Oct. 13)
The Lady Lion netters defeated the Stars for the first time after dropping their first six meetings. SAGU won the first two games, 29-27 and 25-21, before the Stars shone during 25-17 and 25-20 victories. Team Lioness rose up against the momentum to take the fifth and deciding set, 15-12.
Jessica Sodich, Kassy Cox and Caitlyn Hudson racked up 21, 18 and 16 kills and Taylor Calverley set them up with 48 assists.
8. FB SAGU 27-17 @ Howard Payne (Sept. 8)
Southwestern goes on the road to earn a tough triumph in which they overcame a 17-10 halftime deficit. The turning point was a 100-yard interception return for a TD by Shakeem Taylor to tie the score in the 3rd quarter. Cade Leuschner capped an 11 play, 80-yard drive with a three-yard plunge with 10:49 to play.
A Reid Golson (16-of-24, 1 INT, 233 yds) 38-yard pass to Nic Morphew set up a game-clinching 41-yd field goal by James Gish. Nick Ekanem and Taylor each had two picks.
9. VB SAGU 3-2 @ St. Thomas (Oct. 6)
Lady Lions defeated the third place Celts (8-3 in RRAC) twice during the regular season, each in five games. This one was in Houston. Trailing two games to one, SAGU regrouped in the fourh, 25-17, then took the fifth, 15-10. The club hit .419 and .421 in those two sets.
Kassy Cox cushed 21 kills while Jessica Sodich added 15. The Lions held UST to .198 hitting.
10. SB SAGU 5-1 @ Hillsdale College (Feb. 4)
Playing in their inaugural season, SAGU won just two games. The first came in Oklahoma in just their second game. Kelly Svochak hurled a complete game seven hitter. She struck out three and didn't issue a walk. The Saints didn't score until the bottom of the seventh. Chelsea Doyle drove in two runs and Iliana Jimenez collected three hits to lead the team's 14-hit attack.
11. BB SAGU 4-3 Hillsdale College (Jan. 28)
Southpaw Mario Mendoza threw the school's first no-hitter. He struck out eight batters. SAGU trailed early 3-0 after Mendoza walked a handful of batters. They rallied when Dominic Denney walked with the bases loaded during a two-run seventh inning comeback. The Lions had the game's only five hits.
12. WBB SAGU 79-76 Texas College (Dec. 3)
In the first game after losing Nia Winston for the season, the Lady Lions shot 52% and held off a late bid by the Lady Steers. Freshman Taylor Hill poured in 23 points. Kassy Cox registered 16 points and had 15 rebounds while Sierra Hankins was credited with 15 and 10. Okievia Bratchett added 13. SAGU led at intermission, 45-33. SAGU's record was 4-5 at the time.
13. MBB SAGU 64-59 LSU-Shreveport (Feb. 18)
The Jungle Kings avenged an earlier defeat in Shreveport by claiming a physical battle against the nationally ranked Pilots (27-8 record). SAGU outscored LSUS after halftime, 36-29, by holding the River Runners to 37% shooting.
Ronald Horne (16 pts) and Mike Nwelue (13) engineered the win. The difference was the foul line and a packed house. SAGU sank 20 of 27 while the visitors hit just 10 of 19 tries.
14. MS SAGU 4-1 Univ. of Houston-Victoria (Sept. 15)
Lions scored the last four goals of the match, three in the second half, beating the Jaguars (9-7-1). Senior Danny Martinez, Robert Ambrosie, Lee Kounas and Parker Sturgeon booted goals in an impressive triumph. SAGU outshot UHV by a 16-13 count.
15. FB SAGU 41-0 Haskell University (Oct. 13)
Reid Golson threw a pair of TD passes and dashed 80-yards around right end to lead a whitewashing of Haskell. Styles Winston powered in two scoring runs - both from seven yards out.
Cade Leuschner rushed for 98 yards. The defense limited Haskell (Ks) to just 124 yards. Nick Ekanem and Brad Heathcock had INT's.
16. WS SAGU 4-0 Southwestern Christian (Sept. 24)
Lady Lions blanked the Eagles (8-9-2) by outshooting them 23-2. Amy Lambdin netted two kicks and Noelle Pugliese contributed two assists.
17. MS SAGU 9-1 Southwestern Christian (Sept. 3)
Perhaps the team's best showing all season. SAGU led 8-0 by recess as Danny Martinez blasted a hat trick. Nathan Dyke and Lee Kounas each provided two helpers.
18. WBB SAGU 79-39 Dallas Christian (Nov. 27)
The team rolled to a 39-10 lead by the midway point in a game that marked the 200th career win for Head Coach Arlon Beadles. The veteran coach has coached high school, junior college and at four year colleges - men and women's teams.
Nia Winston and Okievia Bratchett bucketed 19 and 17 respectively. Kassy Cox latched onto 19 rebounds.
19. BB SAGU 3-1 Univ. of Southwest (Apr. 13)
Freshman Rockie Davis picks up the team's first conference win with a complete game, seven hitter. He allowed an unearned run and no walks while fanning five.
Senior Dustin Jett, Donovan Vess and Robert Elles each drove in a run during a three-run third.
20. SB SAGU 4-2 Texas College (Apr. 10)
Playing on the new, on-campus field, the Lady Lions were in debt by a 2-0 count before rallying for the win. Lauren Johnson came in to pitch the final four and one-third innings of three-hit, scoreless relief. Kelsey Svochak knocked in two runs while Kyla Burke and Kasey Poovey each had one RBI.
21. BB SAGU 4-0 @ Howard Payne (Mar. 21)
Freshman lefty Zach Worrell shutout the Yellow Jackets on two hits and two walks. He fanned nine. Taylor Froelich had two ribbies and Mario Mendoza, Enrique Rodriguez and Donovan Vess each rapped a pair of hits.
22. VB SAGU 3-2 @ UT-Permian Basin (Sept. 29)
A solid road win against an NCAA Division 2 team! The Falcons were 13-16 this season. SAGU took the match in four, winning the first (25-22), second (25-22) and fourth sets (25-23).
Senior Caitlyn Hudson hit a team high .267, whacking 10 kills against just two errors. Taylor Calverley had 46 assists and Brittany Briggs totalled 14 digs. Jessica Sodich served three aces.
23. VB SAGU 3-1 @ MACU (Aug. 23)
The Lady Lions thumped the Lady Evangels on their home court in the season opener; 25-20, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-15. Caitlyn Hudson hit .375 while Kassy Cox and Jessica Sodich added 14 and 13 kills.
Though outhit .224 to .192, SAGU was able to hold an huge advantage in digs; 67-35.
24. FB SAGU 24-13 Texas College (Nov. 10)
The Lions finished with four wins for the third time in five seasons by forcing four turnovers and holding the Steers to 271 yards. Landry Martinez darted eight yards for a TD and Cade Leuschner rambled 36 for another score and a 15-0 first quarter lead.
Three James Gish field goals pushed the SAGU lead to 24-7 early in the final quarter. Nick Ekanem capped his career with another INT (8th this season, 18th career), Brad Heathcock forced two fumbles and Rockie Davis made 10 tackles.
25. MBB SAGU 73-60 @ Tarleton State (Exhibition) (Nov. 12)
The Lions overcame a 25-9 hole against the no. 17 ranked NCAA Division 2 ranked Texans. After drawing to within 35-25 at the half, SAGU surged to an eye-catching upset.
Down 45-39, the Purple Pride took the lead on a Mike Nwelue jumper, then extended their lead to 62-49 on a Jonathan Walter trey and a tip-in by Emmanuel Adoyi.
Junior guard Dominique Rambo and Nwelue had 25 and 17 points.