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SAGU meets Northwood at 6:00 and 8:00pm

Lions can clinch the conference title with a win

FANS URGED TO WEAR BLACK

Video and LiveStats access listed below

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Tuesday’s home basketball doubleheader pits Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Northwood University.

The women’s game is set for a 6:00pm (CST) start and will be followed by the men’s tilt at approximately 8:00pm.

SAGU fans are encouraged to wear black to the BLACKOUT event.

Team “Believe” (black) shirts will be available all day from the Athletic Office at $8 apiece.

Both games will be aired in HD on SAGU TV by SAGU Sports Live. The pre-game show starts about 15 minutes before the women’s contest at:  www.sagu.edu/tv

Rob Price is the host and play-by-play announcer with Tim Roberts filling the color analyst role. Tyler Marie Evans provides viewers with courtside interviews.

A LiveStats webcast will allow fans to keep up with the accounts of the game; score, game clock, textual play-by-play as well as both team and player statistics in real time.

Locate the game on this site and click on the (((W))) icon. Go to:  http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Webcasts.aspx?association=10

WOMEN’S PREVIEW

The Lady Lions are 12-14 overall while the Knights are 9-17.

Northwood scores 64 points per game, the seventh best in the Sooner Athletic Conference. SAGU, at 61ppg, is 10th in the eleven team league.

The main difference between the squads is on the defensive side.

The Lady Lions allow their foes to make just .347 percent of their shots, the lowest (best) in the SAC. That is attributed to the Pride’s effective zone defense. They allow only 60ppg, third lowest in the league.

Meanwhile the Knights permit the opposition to pour in 41% of their shots. It results in 73ppg (10th in SAC). Part of that is due to the offense making more turnovers than any team in the league at 21 per.

SAGU took the first meeting in Cedar Hill with an 87-43 rout.

Lakeisha Blanson, a 5-foot-7 small forward, leads the Knights in scoring with 12ppg and 30 three-point baskets.

Point Guard B’ria Wagner, also 5’7, is next with 11.5ppg and 17 triples.

The young hoops program continues to make progress. Their home games are played at Trinity Christian School’s Nutting Arena in Cedar Hill.

SAGU has two players who lead a major statistical category in the conference; Nia Winston in scoring and Shaquita Roberts in blocked shots. Both are seniors.

Winston is the lone double-digits scorer in purple at 18.8ppg. She has drained 57 treys and converts 76% from the foul line. She is in second in steals.

Roberts, who led the NAIA in blocks as a junior with 114, has 53 and a narrow lead in the stat. She tops the ‘Cats in rebounds by grabbing 6.8 per outing.

Three players who have come on of late are point guard Taylor Hill, shooting 50% over the past eight games; a more aggressive Kassy Cox has racked up 5.7 boards in recent weeks while Alexis McAfee has earned a starting role as a speed-driven wing.

MEN’S PREVIEW

The No. 5 ranked Lions, 22-3 overall and 14-2 in the SAC, will clinch the conference championship with their next triumph.

Should that occur tonight it would crown the Lions as Jungle Kings in their first season in the Sooner. A post-game cutting down of the nets would follow.

gentry-block-attemptNorthwood, however, presents a challenge for their opponents with their size, physical play and depth. The Lions had to weather a number of scoring runs by the Knights in their first encounter, a 92-84 SAGU victory.

Big Blue has the league’s third best offense – producing 88 points nightly. They do it on the boards and with a power game. They do it without many triples and overcome more turnovers than any team in the SAC.

The Lions are sixth in scoring at 82ppg.

They score in a myriad of ways. All but one team shoots better than SAGU’s 41% accuracy attests. What they do to counter that is an all-out blitzkrieg of “want to.”

Cashing in on offensive rebounds with 15 per game, the best in the SAC and fifth in the NAIA, is a constant. They also average 9.8 trifectas per game. Only three teams in the nation make more.

Plus, the Lions cough the ball up just 12.8 times per game, which ranks 19th nationally. By forcing almost 17 turnovers, their +4 ratio is ninth best in the NAIA.

While applying a fullcourt press is seldom done, the team capitalizes greatly with a ballhawking man-to-man defense that makes 11.7 steals each game. That is 4th in the country.

Translation –  Team Purp creates scoring opportunities as much with their defense as they do laying claim to offensive caroms or dropping three-bombs.

In the team’s three setbacks, all occurring on the road, they met quality teams who earned the victories.

As often is the case on the road, the home teams combined to get 98 free throw attempts to the Lions’ 46. A 69 to 37 disparity in made foul shots proved too much in each of the single-digit losses.

Players to watch from Northwood are their talented sophomore big man, Everrettt Pleasant. He scores 21 per game and is good for 10.4 rebounds.

B.J. Dale is their long-range sharpshooter, averaging 15.6. He has fired 44 triples.

The Lions have four players scoring in double figures, led by Dominique Rambo’s 22.5ppg. He is also credited with making 3.4 steals per contest.

Both will lead the SAC when his games played total reaches the minimum.

Caleb Feemster has 60 three-pointers and Emmanuel Adoyi is the best rebounder with 7.5 per game.

Both Jon Walter and Caleb Gentry are equipped with a complete floor game gives SAGU a starting quintet that doesn’t care who gets the points or the credit provided the end result qualifies as a ‘W.’

Saturday: Senior Day

The team has several big games coming up in the final two weeks of the regular season, starting with Wayland Baptist University (18-8) at 3:00pm on Saturday.

The Pioneers beat the Lions a month ago, snapping an eleven-game winning streak by SAGU. They were impressive in the process, especially in the interior and in the final minute when they scored the final seven points in an 89-82 Lions loss.

Saturday is also Senior Day. The team will honor Rambo, Gentry, Mo Oglesby and Ben Starks in a pregame ceremony that will begin around 2:30pm for both teams.

The Lions also have home games next Monday and Thursday.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at mwarde@sagu.edu or at 469-658-2847.
 

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