Lady Lions win in hoops, fall in volleyball

wbb-2013-nia-winstonWAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University has a fistful of big contests this weekend. They got started locally on Friday night.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Lady Lions basketball team edged McPherson College (Ks), 48-46, on the hot hand of Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Lakeview Centennial HS, Panola College) and a solid defense.

SAGU, now 2-0 on the young season, was as cold on offense as they were effective on defense. The Purple Pride limited the Bulldogs to .306 shooting and forced 21 turnovers.

Meanwhile, the Lady Lions misfired often against a scrappy McPherson team that built its largest lead, seven, midway through the first half.

Winston poured in a game-high 23 points, including a pair of three-pointers in each half, to propel SAGU to a hard-fought victory. Tied at 35, she sparked an 8-0 run that was enough to hold off the 'Dogs.

Bailey Brown knocked down back-to-back threes in the last ninety-seconds to draw McPherson to within two. Their last possession ended when Aubrey Barton drove near the baseline before making an errant pass inside to Cami Engelbert.

Winston got the ball on the inbounds pass with one second remaining to seal the victory.

More details will be posted following SAGU's 3:00pm Saturday game against No. 25 ranked LSU-Shreveport (1-0).

The Lady Pilots scored two free throws with a minute to play for a 62-60 lead, then staved off a frantic bid to tie the game by Texas Wesleyan University. LSUS managed only 29% shooting and made 21 turnovers.

VOLLEYBALL

SAGU (15-15) dropped a 3-1 decision at Texas Wesleyan on Friday night; losing the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-18. The team rallied to take the third, 30-28, before suffering a 25-21 loss in the fourth.

Junior Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) paced Team Purple with 18 kills, while freshman Faith Hardin (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS) pounded 11.

SAGU finished with less hitting errors than Wesleyan, 22 to 27, but the Lady Rams front line was formidable on this night. TWU held a solid 62 to 43 advantage in kills.

A detailed review of the match, coupled with action photos from the Sid Richardson Arena, will be posted this weekend.

The season-ending setback, ended the team's bid for a ninth straight season with a winning record in the regular season.

Third place Wesleyan, who lost at SAGU, 3-1, three weeks ago, is 18-17 overall and 10-6 in league matches.

The Lady Lions record in the Sooner Athletic Conference slipped to 8-8, good for sixth place.

Next is the conference tournament in Shawnee, Oklahoma, which the top six teams qualified. Pairings will be announced this weekend.

Final regular season standings are posted at: http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/3.php 

CROSS COUNTRY

Both the men's and women's teams are scheduled to compete in Saturday's SAC Championship in Shawnee, Ok. The first year program hopes to see the Lions finish in fifth or sixth following an impressive fall season.

FOOTBALL

The Lions (4-4) are on the road on Saturday. They will tangle with Texas College (1-7) in Tyler. Game time is set for 2:00pm at the Rose Stadium.

Senior QB Reid Golson (Grandview, Tx / Grandview HS, Howard Payne Univ) will become SAGU's all-time leader in total offense with eight yards on Saturday.

There is no media coverage of anykind for the game. However, score updates will be announced inthe Sheaffer Center as well as on the Facebook fan page for the SAGU Sports Network. Follow on Twitter @SAGUSportsNet.

A win would improve the team's record to 5-4 - the most wins in the team's young history. They play host to No. 22 ranked Bacone College (7-2) in the season finale on November 16.

Saturday's other big game will take place in Muskegon, Oklahoma. Bacone plays host to Langston University (4-4) at 2:00pm. Both teams are 3-0 in the Central States Football League.

That game may be viewed on livestream video. http://www.centralstatesfootball.com/ 

MEN'S BASKETBALL

SAGU (1-0) plays host to McPherson College at 5:00pm on Saturday evening.

The Bulldogs (4-0) remained unbeaten by virtue of a 72-59 road win at Paul Quinn College on Friday night in Dallas. They dominated the boards, 37-23, and connected on 51% of their shots.

McPherson led at intermission, 30-26. Four players scored in double figures, led by TJ Grant's 22. He entered the game averaging only six points per game.

A complete report, along with action photos, will be posted this weekend.

Fans can follow the play-by-play accounts of the game on LiveStats at:  http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Webcasts.aspx?association=10 

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.