Saturday Hoops vs Texas Wesleyan
SAGU seeks bounce back after Throw-back Thursday
Lady Lions play at 3:00pm, Lions opening tip at 5:00pm
PLUS: A Look Ahead to Thursday's Showdown with OBU
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- After running into a pair of teams who handed Southwestern Assemblies of God University two narrow defeats, the Purple Pride comes home on Saturday to face Texas Wesleyan University.
On Thursday night both the Lady Lions and Lions came up short in the closing three minutes at University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma.
The women's game begins at 3:00pm (CST), with the men's starting at 5:00pm.
Both games will be broadcast in high definition on the SAGU Sports Network. A pre-game show will air appoximately fifteen minutes prior to each contest.
Fans can access the free HD livestream by going to SAGU TV on-line at: www.sagu.edu/tv
A LiveStats webcast allows viewers to follow a digital play-by-play listing of the accounts of the game. It includes the score, the time, as well as team and player statistics in real time.
Visit the following website - find the game of choice - click and tune into the Lions' tracks at: www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Webcasts.aspx?association=10
A complete review of the games will be posted, along with stats and photos, later on Saturday night.
SAGU and Texas Wesleyan are fellow members in the Sooner Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
For current standings, schedules, rosters and scores, visit the SAC website at: http://www.soonerathletic.org/
Lady Lions (11-12) vs Lady Rams (11-11)
SAGU and the Wesleyan Women are defensive oriented teams, ranking third and fifth respectively in points allowed. Opponents make only .344 percent of their shots against the Lady Lions. That is the best in the Sooner.
The Lady Rams permit foes to connect on .353, the third best percentage.
Wesleyan has more offensive firepower than SAGU. In fact, they are true on 46% of their attempts, which tops the SAC.
Which team controls the pace of the game will likely escape with a much needed league victory. SAGU is 5-8 against Sooner teams while TWU is 6-7.
The Ewes have a balanced offense and six players averaging 10 points or more per game.
Takoia Larry, a 5'9 senior guard, paces them with 14.6 points per game. She also averages eight rebounds a game. She scored 11 and grabbed 11 caroms in the first game between the teams, an 80-59 Rams triumph.
Their achilles heel may be turnovers. They make 20.7 per outing, second most in the SAC.
Nia Winston continues to the take up residence atop the conference as the leading scorer. At 18.2ppg, she has reached 20 or more on 14 occasions.
Plus, sophomore Taylor Hill is coming on! She has made double-digits in four of the past five outings.
Wesleyan leads the series, 17-10, and are riding a six game win streak against SAGU.
Lions (19-3) host Rams (13-10)
This figures to be a high intensity clash between metroplex rivals. During their first encounter a month ago in Cowtown, SAGU built a 37-22 first half lead and held off the Rams for an 86-80 victory.
The Rams, who have enjoyed six consecutive seasons with 20+ wins, have long held a mastery in the series. The Lions have won the last four meetings but still trail 23-6.
SAGU strength rests in their defense and winning the battle for hustle points; offensive rebounds, diving for loose balls, and stealing the ball. They are second in the SAC in scoring and shooting defense.
Offensively the teams are similar, though the Rams are the superior shooters. Both teams make nearly 10 three-pointers per game.
Wesleyan has five players who produce double figures in scoring while the Lions have four.
Jorge Redmon, a 5'9 guard, ignites the Rams with 18.6ppg and has fired 50 triples.
Dominique Rambo is the Lions' playmaker and buckets 23ppg.
SAGU is the only undefeated team in the conference on their home court at 10-0. Three others have lost just once.
A win by SAGU will give third year Head Coach Donnie Bostwick his 200th career win. His teams currently have amassed a 199-39 record during his seven years.
Coming up on Thursday: Big Time Hoops
Fans should make plans to pack the Sheaffer Center on Thursday, February 13. Oklahoma Baptist University, a perrennial power in the SAC and nationally in the NAIA, comes to town for the first time.
Their women's team is ranked No. 4 and will bring a 13-game winning streak into the game. They are 20-2 overall and lead the conference with a 12-0 mark. Game time: 6:00pm.
The men's game pits the top two teams according to the preseason Coaches Poll. They voted OBU as the team to beat as #1.
After a slow start the Bison are 11-11. The game could shape up to be a classic for fans!