Southwestern Hosts Langston in College Hoops
Battle of the Jungle Kings tonight in the FLC
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Red River Athletic Conference is nearing the halfway point in its' longest-ever regular season. The twelve teams will play a 22-game slate to determine the champion, who receives an automatic berth in the NAIA national tournament in mid-March.
This evening in the Sheaffer Full Life Center are a pair of games of critical importance to the host, Southwestern Assemblies of God University. They will welcome Langston University for a pair of games, one that will pit nationally ranked teams.
Women's Basketball: Battle of the Best
In women's basketball, the 18th ranked Langston Lady Lions (13-4, 8-1 in the RRAC) will take on SAGU (13-4, 8-1) in a "Cat Fight on the Court." The Southwestern Lady Lions are ranked #35 in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll. These two teams have finished 1-2 in each of the past two seasons, and are tied atop the RRAC through nine games this year. The tipoff is set for 5:30pm and will be broadcast on SAGU SPORTS Live in HD.
The game will determine the league leader. The teams split their two-games in both 2009 and 2010. A year ago Langston invaded Waxahachie and came away with a 53-47 triumph with a late finish. SAGU answered in a 71-61 victory at Langston, their first home league loss in over four years.
Both teams received a bid for the NAIA tournament in 2010.
Langston is led by center Stephanie Madden and guard Ashlea Gray, who are two of the top scorers in the RRAC. SAGU is paced by forward Chelsea Jones and guards Stephanie Hawkins and Heather Jefferson.
Men's Hoops: Dual of the Determined
The men's game at 7:30pm is a clash of squads who are trying to get on track. Each team is determined that now is the time to 'right their ship.'
Langston (1-13, 1-8) and Southwestern (4-10, 2-7) need to begin assembling the pieces if they are to qualify for the RRAC tournament. Only the top eight teams in the league will participate, and neither would if the season ended today. That event will be hosted by SAGU during March 3-5.
Langston's key players are Curtis Thompson and Eric Harris, who both rate in the Top 20 of the RRAC scorers. SAGU is powered by one of the league's most prolific point producers in guard Ronald Horne and the national leader in rebounds, forward Nathaniel Duce Ward.
Last winter the pair won road games in their annual series. Langston overcame a huge deficit and rallied to beat Southwestern on a controversial, buzzer-beating layup, 63-61, in the FLC. It was LU's only lead of the game. SAGU replied by nipping the Langston Lions in Oklahoma a month later, 90-89, at the wire.