Trifectas too much for SAGU
Hankins scores career-high 29
Lady Lions succumb to 15 three-pointers
HOBBS, New Mexico -- The women’s basketball team from Southwestern Assemblies of God University outshot and out-rebounded their opponent on Saturday, but was done in by the University of the Southwest’s long shots.
Despite dominating the game on the boards, the Lady Lions could not account for an array of three-pointer shooters and fell, 76-63, at the Maddox Student Life Center.
SAGU, now 4-9 in all games, dropped to 1-6 in the Red River Athletic Conference. USW improves to 5-8 and 2-4 in league action.
The contest saw both teams exchange scoring surges, each taking turns with the lead. The lead, in fact, changed hands five times and was tied on six occasions.
After the hosts held a 32-28 edge at intermission, it was the Lady Lions who bolted into the forefront. By outscoring the Fillies 22-13 in the first eight minutes of the second half, SAGU led 50-47.
Sierra Hankins (Welch, Ok / Welch HS), who had a career performance, scored 13 points during the run, while both Cordia Harvatin (San Antonio, Tx / Stacey HS) and Bethany Krock (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian) each tossed in four apiece.
The Mustangs countered with the long-ball.
They fired in six three-point baskets in the next six minutes to seize control of the game at 67-55. They added a pair of buckets and four foul shots down the stretch to clinch the game.
When their hot hands took a 73-57 lead with 2:41 remaining, they had capped a 26-7 streak.
SAGU made nearly 44% of their shots (27 of 62), while allowing Southwest to convert 37% (25 of 67) from the field. The boards were even more decisive, as the Lady Lions grabbed a 48-31 advantage in rebounds.
The difference was the Lady Mustangs backcourt.
They drained 15 triples, though it took 44 tries (34%). Meanwhile SAGU misfired on all twelve of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Added to that, the Mustangs took better care of the ball. They committed just nine turnovers, compared to 19 by SAGU, most of them by their guards.
The loss overshadowed the effort by Hankins. The junior made 12-of-16 shots and 5-of-6 free throws to finish with a game-high 29 points. Along with Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS), she also ripped down 12 rebounds.
She added two assists and one steal (she made no turnovers).
Her previous career best was the 15 she scored against Texas College less than two weeks ago.
Taylor Hill (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) contributed eight points, while Krock and Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) netted six apiece.
Harvatin accounted for four points and eight rebounds. Sodich seized seven caroms.
The Mustangs were paced by Johnnelle Kapua and Roberta Ortiz. They both sank five treys, with Kapua scoring 21 and Oriz 17. Nikki Sylvester, who swished a pair of trifectas, also scored 17 points.
On Deck: SAGU at Texas Wesleyan on Monday
The Lady Lions will take on Texas Wesleyan University (9-2, 5-1 in RRAC) in Fort Worth on Monday, December 17. Played at the Sid Richardson Center at 5:30pm, it is SAGU’s last game before the holidays.