Hoops showdown tonight; SAGU vs OBU
No. 5 Lady Bison tangle with Lady Lions at 6pm
OBU looks to avenge home loss to No. 5 SAGU in January
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Sooner Athletic Conference season is winding down as most teams are heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.
Which teams will be winding up instead of winding down will soon be determined.
Many critical match-ups are scheduled, like tonight’s clash between perennial league powerhouse Oklahoma Baptist University and newcomer Southwestern Assemblies of God University. These two men’s teams were the preseason pick by coaches to finish 1-2, with the Bison getting the nod.
The women’s game, set for a 6:00pm tip, pits No. 5 ranked OBU (21-3 / 13-1 in SAC) and SAGU (12-12 / 6-8 in SAC).
Approximately twenty minutes after the conclusion of the opener, the men will commence the rematch of the Lions' 89-76 win in Shawnee, Oklahoma on January 2.
SAGU (20-3 / 12-2 in SAC) is ranked No. 5 in the NAIA. The Bison (12-12 / 6-8 in SAC), who began the season ranked No. 2; look to make a statement to kick start a strong finish.
Each of the two contests will feature the best defensive teams in the conference.
Both games will be aired in HD on SAGU Sports Live, starting with a pregame show at 5:45pm. Rob Price will supply the play-by-play with Tim Roberts adding plenty of color.
Fans can access the free service at: www.sagu.edu/tv
A digital version, called LiveStats, is also available. It is a play-by-play account of the game, complete with score and clock. It also includes team and player stats in real time.
Locate the game of choice and click at: www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Webcasts.aspx?association=10Cached
OBU is offering an audio broadcast; live, from the Sheaffer Center. Casady Fletcher and John Parrish will bring the action for the Green and Gold at: http://www.obubison.com/
The Lady Lions limit their opponents to just 34% shooting, which is tops in the SAC. The Lady Bison are fourth at .364.
Offensively is where OBU has a substantial advantage. They score 15 more points per game than SAGU. Part of the reason is how well they protect the ball, turning it over just 15 times a game.
They also have a solid rebounding game that will test the young Lions.
Head Coach Arlon Beadles is sure to play his quickest defenders in an effort to keep the score down.
OBU’s second year Head Coach, Casi Bays, is likely to lean on her more physical rebounders in an effort to control the ball. They won the boards, 50-39, in the first game.
The Bison won that game, 75-40, without their top scorer, 6’1 center, Jalissa Council. She comes off the bench to produce 15.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Council backs up 6’4 Zbeyda Aremi (8.9ppg / 4.7 rpg), who has blocked 49 shots.
SAGU will need a hot hand from guards Nia Winston and Taylor Hill, and winger Jirah Rodriguez. If that trio finds their range it will make the interior play of Charity Page, Shaquita Roberts and Laken Ward more effective.
OBU is tied with No. 6 Oklahoma City University (16-2 / 13-1 in SAC). The Bison won the first encounter with the Stars. They play in OKC in the season finale on March 1.
The Bison have struggled more than expected, though five razor-thin setbacks have kept them from contending.
Still, they are as feared by their foes as hearing a long whistle from a mechanic who is inspecting your car while it’s on the jacks.
They just routed a red-hot Wayland Baptist team, 88-67.
OBU is especially tough on defense, allowing a league low 71.0 ppg. SAGU is second at 71.9.
The key to the game may come on the offensive glass. The Green & Gold allow only 32 rebounds to the opposition, while the Purple Pride has an insatiable hunger for offensive boards.
When they met on January 2, SAGU's Dominique Rambo and OBU's Mo Woods had a highlight reel on offense. ‘Bo had 40 while Mo netted 35.
Woods averages 19ppg, though 5’9 point guard Kendall Parks is the catalyst for the Bison. He averages just under seven assists per game.
A player to watch may be Cale Jackson, a 6’2 guard. After scoring 35 points in a six game stretch in mid-January, he’s scored 19ppg over the past six outings.
A road win by the Bison will offset their uncharacteristic toils this winter. The team arrived in Waxahachie a day early, a clear sign they will be ready.
A full review of the games will be posted later tonight.