RRAC Finals Tonight at SAGU
OLLU vs LSUS at 5:00 and 7:30pm
Championship Games to be broadcasted
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The finals of the Red River Athletic Conference basketball tournament are tonight at the Sheaffer Center on the campus of Southwestern Assemblies of God University.
VIEWING THE BROADCAST
Both games, the women’s and men’s championships, will be broadcast by SAGU SPORTS Live in the NAIA’s best HD production. The Waxahachie Chicken Express is sponsoring the venue. The women’s contest starts at 5:00pm CST, followed by the men’s game at approximately at 7:30pm.
The pre-game show will commence about 4:45-50pm. Fans can access the free livestream on computers, iPhones or hand-held devices by going to www.sagu.edu and clicking on the Watch SAGUtv button.
Clay Scarborough is the host and will handle play-by-play responsibilities. Tim Roberts supplies color commentary. There will also be courtside interviews.
FOLLOWING THE LIVESTATS WEBCAST
Fans can also log onto LiveStats for a creative version of the live accounts of the game. Team and player statistics are posted in real-time adjacent to the scoreboard.
Josh Lacy, the Sports Information Director at Texas Wesleyan University, will be at the keyboard providing this free service at the following links.
Women’s Final: LSU-Shreveport –vs- OLLU
The women’s game will pit the #4 seeded Our Lady of the Lake University (25-7) against the #2 seed Louisiana State University in Shreveport (25-7). The winner will qualify for a berth in next week’s NAIA national tournament in Frankfort, Kentucky.
The nationally-ranked Lady Pilots swept the regular season series, taking the first game in San Antonio by a 71-54 score. The rematch on the Red River saw the Riverboat Pilots cruise to an 85-71 triumph.
Our Lady of the Lake pulled the tourney’s lone upset when they knocked off #1 Langston University, 88-80, on Saturday. The Lady Saints, who have won 9-of-their-last-11 games, defeated Wiley College (20-10), 79-65, in the quarter-finals.
By virtue of winning the regular season crown, their fifth in a row, Langston (29-3), #9 in the NAIA Coaches Poll, had already clinched a bid in the NAIA’s 32-team tourney.
LSU-Shreveport got the finals with a pair of impressive, methodical wins over Texas College (11-19) and Texas Wesleyan University (25-7). They whipped the Lady Steers 86-60 and the Lady Rams in a 67-54 verdict.
Men’s Final: OLLU –vs- LSU-Shreveport
The nightcap is a clash of the same schools in #1 seed Our Lady of the Lake (26-6) and #2 LSU-Shreveport (24-7). The Saints are ranked #7 in the most recent NAIA Coaches Poll; LSUS is #14.
This will be the rubber match as the teams split two regular season confrontations. The home team won each game; the Halos in San Antonio by a 112-94 score, while LSUS got the equalizer at The Dock, 83-74.
The series is tied at 3-3. OLLU became a nemesis to the Pilots’ after their first two encounters. Three years ago they administered the Pilots’ first defeat of the season after nine straight wins. The following campaign the Pilots were charging along at 16-0 before the Saints sunk them again.
OLLU got to the championship by beating Jarvis Christian College (9-21), 108-98, then outlasting Southwestern Assemblies of God University (23-9), 112-109.
The nation’s highest scoring (99.7 ppg) team is 16-0 when they eclipse the century mark.
LSUS enters the game having won six straight conference tournament crowns; last year’s RRAC and their last five in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. The Aquatic Navigators know something about finding north on a compass.
They eliminated Texas College (17-14), 75-72, in dramatic fashion, winning on a buzzer-beating triple. On Saturday they staved off a maddening Texas Wesleyan (25-7) comeback, 84-77.
Both teams have punched their ticket for Kansas City, site of the NAIA’s 75th national tournament.
Awards Announced Tonight
The RRAC will announce their 2011-2012 All-Conference teams during tonight’s games. Following each final, during the net-cutting ceremonies, the All-Tournament team will also be unveiled in a vote of conference Sports Information Directors.