Basketball Preview: WBU at SAGU this afternoon
Senior Day highlights a pair of big time match-ups
Games start early; women at 1:00pm, men at 3:00pm
Senior Ceremony at 2:30pm
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Saturday’s college basketball doubleheader between the host Southwestern Assemblies of God University and the visiting Wayland Baptist University has plenty of storylines for fans.
The games are starting two hours earlier than normal (travel considerations for WBU), with the women’s game set for a 1:00pm (CST) tip-off.
The men will commence play at approximately 3:00pm.
Both SAGU teams will recognize seniors, and those completing their careers, with a brief ceremony between the two games. Around 2:30pm the Lady Lions will honor four and the Lions will spotlight five seniors.
SAGU Sports Live will carry the annual rite around 2:30pm. A list of those players is listed below.
Both games will be broadcast by the SAGU Sports Network. The free HD video is slated to air at 12:45pm with a pregame show prior to the women’s contest.
Fans can access the broadcast at: www.sagu.edu/tv
Rob Price is the host and play-by-play man while Tim Roberts serves up the color. Tyler Marie Evans will handle sideline interviews.
A digital version of the accounts of the game, called LiveStats, allows fans to follow the action, including statistics, score, clock and play-by-play in textual form.
Visit the NAIA site for LiveStats at: www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Webcasts.aspx?association=10
Scroll down, locate the game, and then click on the (((W))) webcast icon. Lucius Howington, II, is the official LiveStatistician.
The Lady Lions, 13-14 overall and 7-10 against competition in the Sooner Athletic Conference, will have a strong challenge against No. 24 Wayland Baptist (16-10 / 13-4 in SAC).
In the first meeting in Plainview, Tx., the Flying Queens won, 75-58.
WBU has the distinction as the only team to defeat both No. 4 Oklahoma Baptist University (24-3) and No. 6 Oklahoma City University (18-3). After a 3-7 start the Queens have assembled an impressive 13-3 run.
Behind a dominating inside game that outrebounds the opposition by 10 boards, the Queens have scored 81 points per game (No. 9 nationally).
Two critical areas where they assert themselves are the offensive glass and at the foul line. They grab 17.7 caroms per game on the offensive end. Only four teams in the NAIA latch onto more.
Their foes counter by fouling, which WBU parlays into points with a .727 success rate at the charity stripe. That ranks as No. 12 in the country.
SAGU’s strength is their zone defense. They limit the opposition to .347 shooting, a figure that is No. 5 in the NAIA.
The Lady Lions’ Achilles heel is shooting (.366) and an offense (60.8 ppg) that is No. 89 of the NAIA’s 102 teams.
Individually, however, the match-up to watch will be Shaquita Roberts (San Antonio, Tx / Byron Steele HS ), the top shot-blocker in the SAC and No. 7 in the NAIA, and the Queens superior interior.
Iesha Greer and Stephanie Afunugo claim over eight rebounds per outing for WBU.
The spotlight may shine brighter in the backcourt.
SAGU’s Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Lakeview Centennial HS ) and WBU’s Angeleigh Davis, both senior guards, are the top two scorers in the Sooner this season.
Winston (18.8 ppg) makes her living on the perimeter with 57 threes, while Davis (17.3 ppg) produces on drives and perimeter jumpers.
In the first meeting a month ago Davis edged Winston, 20 points to 15.
Over the course of the season, however, Winston has topped 20 points on 16 occasions; Davis 8.
Fans may really enjoy how Wayland came up with the Flying Queens name. Read the attached link (below) for the story.
The two combatants are both fairly new to the national scene. Each may be viewed as up-and-comers, and for plenty of reasons.
Two often cited causes are the arrival of a new Head Coach; SAGU’s Donnie Bostwick and WBU’s Matt Garnett, each in their third season, and standout defensive play.
Until two years ago SAGU hadn’t had a winning season in over a decade. They received votes for the first time in the 2012 season, and then rose to No. 2 in the nation last winter during a 33-5 campaign.
Wayland has steadily climbed under the leadership of Garnett. When they moved up to No. 24 in the Coaches Poll on January 14, it was their first foray into the Top 25 since 2007-08.
A week later the Lions rose to No. 1 in the NAIA. Their stay didn’t last long.
Two days later the Pioneers, now 18-9 overall, knocked SAGU from the top spot with an 89-82 triumph.
On the strength of their defense and some impressive shooting, WBU led throughout. The Lions made a strong comeback to tie the score with a minute to play, 82-82. The Pioneers would not be denied,
scoring the game’s final seven points.
Guard Barry Johnson came off the bench to score 25 points in 22 minutes and forward Plamen Hristov added 23. The duo combined for 10 three-pointers.
SAGU fell despite grabbing 21 offensive rebounds, swishing 14 triples and committing only nine turnovers. WBU countered with a 39-13 margin in free throw attempts.
Wayland has the Sooner’s toughest field goal defense. Enemy shooters make only .415 of their shots. SAGU allows just .423. They are the SAC’s top two defenses.
The teams mirror one another in a variety of areas, most notably in three-pointers per game and offensive rebounds.
Like the Lions, the Pioneers have a gifted backcourt.
Markus Monroe is the Sooner’ s leader in scoring at 21.3 ppg. The 6’2 senior also averages six boards per game. He (14.9 ppg) provides instant offense. His 79 treys are second in the conference.
Inside is 6’6, 265-pound senior Juhreece Thompson (9.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Bunja Yaboe, a 6’9 sophomore. His 42 blocked shots are more than anyone in the SAC.
The Lions strength is predicated on a quick defense, whose hustle forces the second most turnovers in the league.
Fellow seniors Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Trinity Christian - Cedar Hill, Ok Wesleyan Univ ) and Caleb “Hondo” Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Hondo HS, Ok Wesleyan Univ ) are the primary antagonists at guard. Both make a living on steals, layups and the three-ball.
Rambo hasn’t appeared in enough games to officially rank, though his 23.0 ppg garners plenty of attention.
SAGU’s Emmanuel Adoyi (Little Rock, Ark / LR Parkview HS ) is their top defender in the paint, though he will have his hands full with Thompson and Hristov today.
The players to watch may be juniors Jon Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS ) and Tyler Guidry (Houston, Tx / Westbury Christian ). The latter has heated up of late and Walter is capable of taking over games.
SAGU may need a big game from one or two reserves to defeat a Wayland team that matches up well against them. If that is the case, it could be Daniel Mills (Belton, Tx / Belton HS ) or Andre Crear (Ft Worth, Tx / Trimble Tech HS, Angelina College ).
A full report on the games, along with stats and action photos, will be posted later tonight.
SENIOR DAY Honor Roll:
Lady Lions - Sierra Hankins, Andrea Lugo, Shaquita Roberts, Nia Winston.
Lions - Reid Brunner, Caleb Gentry, Maurice Oglesby, Dominique Rambo, Ben Starks
History of the Flying Queens name: http://www.wbu.edu/about_wayland/history_and_traditions/pioneer_with_women_and_minorities/pioneer_in_womens_athletics/default.htm