Lady Lions win, 77-68, score 18 in a row
SAGU storms past Bacone, move into 8th
Krock, Hankins, Harvatin, Lugo join Hill with solid play
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Trailing by six points late in the first half (24-18), the Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketball team scored 18 unanswered points en route to a 77-68 triumph over visiting Bacone College on Saturday.
It was the team’s second win in three games this week, moving them into eighth place in the Red River Athletic Conference. At 7-14 overall, SAGU is now 4-10 in the 12-team league. The top eight receive a berth in the RRAC tournament the first weekend of March.
Bethany Krock (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian) ignited the 18-0 run with a basket following a Lady Warriors turnover. With 4:02 left in the half, Team Lioness was behind 24-20.
She then stole the ball and passed to Taylor Hill (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS). The pair of freshmen sparked plays the remainder of the game. Hill fed the ball inside to sophomore forward Brittany Griffin (Rockwall, Tx / Rockwall Christian) for a power layup.
After splitting a pair of foul shots, Hill assisted on a bucket by Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) to lift the Lady Lions to a 25-24 lead. They would never let it go.
Krock dished to Griffin in the paint, then knocked down a 3-ball when Hill spotted her open on the perimeter with 0:24 left. Hill cashed in a late Bacone miscue for a 32-24 advantage at the break.
By the time the red-clad Tribe would score at the 18:16 mark of the second half, the Lady Lions would have shut them out for a span of 8:21. During the surge, Krock had seven points.
A three-point play by Hill extended the lead to 44-29 with 15:17 remaining.
Bacone would cut the deficit to six points (62-56 at 5:32) on a pair of Casey Lovell free throws, but would get no closer.
Limiting their opponents to one shot on numerous possessions, the Lions went for the jugular.
Hill scored a deuce, and then Sierra Hankins (Welch, Ok / Welch HS) sank two from the charity stripe and took a pass from Andrea Lugo (San Antonio, Tx / Somerset HS) and drove to the rack for a 68-56 lead.
Hill split two free throws, then added another field goal before sophomore forward Cordia Harvatin (San Antonio, Tx / Stacey HS) bagged a two FT’s for a 73-62 margin. Only 2:21 was on the game clock.
The Lions would ice the game at the line, Lugo swishing four, and with Harvatin rejecting a shot in the paint.
SAGU had avenged an earlier 70-57 loss to Bacone in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
It’s the second year in a row the two teams have finished the season series at a game apiece. The previous three years saw the Lady Lions go 6-0 against Bacone (bah-KONE).
Veteran Head Coach Arlon Beadles attributed the win to the team’s work on the boards and to the effect of their defense.
Key numbers that led to a letter: W
SAGU won the rebound battle, 19-13 in the second half for an overall 34-31 margin. When it came to shooting the ball, Bacone settled for gunning from beyond the arc in an effort to overcome the Lady Lions zone defense.
The Warriors, who average 17.7 attempts at three-pointers per game, tried 39 shots from long distance. They made only eight, an accuracy rate of 20%. From inside the arc they were 13-of-26 (50%).
Plus, the Lady Lions forced them into 23 turnovers.
Meanwhile, SAGU connected on 26-of-57 (46%) shots as well as converting 22 of 30 free throws. The squad kept their turnover total to a manageable number, meaning they were able to control possession of the ball and the tempo of the game.
SAGU placed four bucketeers in double figures, led by Hill. She finished with 16 points and six assists, while Krock racked up 13 points, four assists and had four steals.
Krock, a redshirt freshman, has scored 39 points in the last four games (three double-figure games) after totaling 42 points in the season’s first 15 games.
Hankins, Griffin, Harvatin and Lugo are four others who have also begun to find their range.
Hankins and Griffin (pictured, left) both contributed 10 points, while Harvatin and Lugo (LOO-go) were credited with nine and eight respectively.
The 10 were a career best for Griffin. She has 59 for her sophomore season after being limited to 10 points her entire freshman campaign.
Harvatin (HAR-va-ten) is also progressing into her role. She had her fifth double-digit game (13-pts) of the season on Thursday at Wiley College.
Sodich scored nine points in less than ten minutes.
Hankins and Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) led in grabbing caroms, each latching onto eight, while Griffin reeled in five.
Lugo was impressive in making five assists – against one turnover – in 17 minutes. She has made strides in that ratio, which has led to more minutes on the court.
Bacone was led by Lovell, who came off the bench to pour in 15 points. Myriah Hadnot scored 14 while also grabbing 10 boards.
Back in Action Monday at Home
The Lady Lions will be back in action on Monday night when they play host to the six-time defending league champion Langston University (6-12 overall, 6-7 in RRAC). The tip-off is set for 5:30pm.
The game will be broadcast on SAGU TV. Fans can watch the HD broadcast by going to www.sagu.edu and clicking on Watch SAGU TV. The pre-game show begins at 5:15pm (CST).
The LU Lady Lions, who won the first meeting in Langston, Ok., 62-46, have struggled through a rebuilding season amidst a coaching change. They are 1-8 on the road while SAGU is 5-3 in the Sheaffer Center.
SAGU will also be at home on Saturday, February 2, when Texas Wesleyan University (13-7, 9-5 in RRAC) visits.
After playing nine of their past 11 games on the road, Southwestern has begun a stretch of nine games in which eight are played in the Sheaffer Center.