SAGU loses joust with Lady Celts
Krock's 18 points not enough
Lady Lions have uphill climb to make tourney
HOUSTON, Texas -- After rallying from five-points down to grab a 12-11 lead, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketball team yielded to a 16-4 run by the University of St. Thomas in what would become a 70-55 setback to the Lady Celts.
SAGU trailed early in the second half, 36-23, on a three-point shot by Gaby Guzman. The Purple Pride then mounted a 17-9 surge to draw to within 45-40 with 15:05 remaining.
They could not maintain the comeback pace as the Lady Celts replied with an 8-0 run and soon stretched their advantage to 56-42 at the 8:38 mark.
St. Thomas and SAGU were practically even in shooting and turnovers, with the critical factor being rebounding. The Lady Celts held a commanding 48-31 margin on the boards, including 17-6 on the offensive glass.
The extra possessions gained with the rebounds on the offensive end led to more shots and 11 more free throws.
Redshirt freshman Bethany Krock (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian) continued her recent stretch of productivity by pouring in 18 points for the Lions.
She made six of ten shots to go along with 6-of-8 free throws. Krock’s overall game included six assists and four steals. All were career highs for the 5-foot-6 guard. She did her damage in just 19:35 of playing time.
Junior center Sierra Hankins (Welch, Ok / Welch HS) had two six-point halves to finish with 12. She also had seven rebounds and two steals.
Cordia Harvatin (San Antonio, Tx / Stacey HS) and Brittany Griffin (Rockwall, Tx / Rockwall Christian), a pair of sophomore forwards, each had six points, with Harvatin grabbing five boards.
SAGU’s leading scorer, freshman point guard Taylor Hill (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) was held to six points.
St. Thomas was paced by senior forward Amber Arceneaux-Francis. She connected on 8-of-12 shots for 20 points. She also had a dozen rebounds. Last month she bucketed 36 points when the Celts visited the Sheaffer Center.
Maghen Lormand and Guzman contributed 16 and 11 points.
The Lady Celts led at the half, 33-23.
SAGU made 22-of-57 shots (39%), compared to UST’s 25-of-61 (41%). Both teams turned the ball over 18 times.
SAGU is now 8-18 overall, and, at 5-14 in the Red River Athletic Conference, are in ninth place. Bacone College (7-14, 5-11 in RRAC) has won three in a row to move into eighth.
The top eight teams (of 13 teams) receive an invitation to the tourney, which is hosted at SAGU during March 1, 2 and 4.
The Lady Lions have four games left in the regular season, with three of them at home. To make the RRAC tournament the team needs to win at least one more conference game. That will be a tall order.
After hosting Northwood University (4-19) next Monday, February 18, in a non-conference game, they finish with the top three teams in the Red River. The Lady Knights topped SAGU last month in Cedar Hill, 67-58.
The first two are at home against no. 19 ranked Our Lady of the Lake University (23-2) on Feb. 21, and no. 22 Wiley College (20-3) on Feb. 23, and then close at LSU-Shreveport (19-3) on Feb. 25.
Two one-point losses, 56-55 at Huston-Tillotson University, and 52-51 at home to Langston University, are looming large as the season winds down.
St. Thomas upped their overall mark to 14-12. They are in fifth place in the league with a 10-8 record. A year ago they were struggling in their first season (8-22).