Women's hoops sked is wild ride
Four nationally-ranked foes in first month
Home itinerary features SAGU Classic amid 14 games
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Rollercoasters are known to precede the thrills with an adventuresome high climb at the start. When given the chance for such a trip, people, by nature, will grab a ticket to ride!
The upcoming 29-game schedule for the women’s basketball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University will promise a rousing beginning sure to put fans through the white-knuckle test.
Yet to be released, the schedule will reveal four nationally ranked teams in SAGU’s first nine games, all in the first month of the season.
Two of those contests will take place inside the friendly confines of the Sheaffer Center (capacity 1,200). They will give fans plenty of reason to jump on the band-wagon early!
Make plans now to see an improved Lady Lions team taking on talented visitors! SAGU will open the season at home on Tuesday, November 5, when Dallas Christian College visits Waxahachie.
With a strong finish, the Lady Crusaders won the Association of Christian College Athletics (25 member schools) national championship.
Head Coach Arlon Beadles’ squad will play in three tournaments on successive weekends in November, each providing a proven opponent.
Three November tournaments
During the SAGU Classic, November 8-9, the Lady Lions will meet a perennial winner, LSU-Shreveport, at 3:00pm on Saturday.
The Lady Pilots finished this past season with a 25-6 mark. They were ranked No. 25 entering the NAIA national tournament.
A week later in Sterling College Classic (Kansas), Nov. 15-16, SAGU tangles with Southwestern College (Ks), who sported a 23-8 ledger and No. 28 ranking.
The weekend before Thanksgiving, the Purple Pride is slated to clash with Oklahoma Wesleyan University in their tourney north of Tulsa. The Lady Eagles finished the year at No. 18 at 24-6.
Breaking down the schedule
Moving to the Sooner Athletic Conference will bring new foes and some tougher competition.
Wasting no time, the first league game will be at home against Oklahoma City University comes calling on Thursday, December 5. It could prove to be a can't miss event for fans. Get strapped in! Roll bars are optional.
The Lady Stars were ranked No. 2 in the country prior to the NAIA tournament, where they advanced to the third round. The 'intergalactic' hoopsters finished at No. 5 with a 28-4 ledger.
OCU won twice in the national tourney before falling to Lee University (Tenn) (34-3) in the quarterfinals.
SAGU has 11 games slated before the holidays, five at home.
They resume playing in January with 18 games on tap the rest of the way, half of them in Waxahachie.
Only seven of the 29 games will be against teams with winning records, though each of the seven won 21+ games.
Twenty contests pit the Lady Lions against clubs who lost more than they won, 14 of them from inside the Sooner.
They have two conference games against a team with a .500 mark.
Two S.A.C. teams exited for the NCAA Division 2; Lubbock Christian University (31-4) and Rogers State University (Ok) (24-10).
New game times / busiest Game Days
Fans should watch the SAGU Athletics website regularly as the 2013-14 schedule will be posted soon. The broadcast schedule of games by SAGU Sports Live will be announced later in the summer.
The Lady Lions will play most of their home games on Thursday (four) and Saturday (seven), with two on Tuesday and once on Friday and Monday.
A change in game times this winter will likely be well-received by fans. Most weeknight games will start at 6:00pm (CST), thirty minutes later than the 5:30 beginning the team has had for years. (Note: Men's games will start at 8:00pm)
Also, six of the seven Saturday home dates will commence at 3:00pm. The Lady Lions have a history of 5:30 starts in the past. This will free up Saturday nights.
Men’s Saturday games will begin at 5:00pm, usually ending before seven o’clock, almost three hours earlier than before. This will also be true of most road trips.
Sooner Athletic Conference tourney
The Sooner Athletic Conference tournament is slated for March 5-8 in Shawnee, Oklahoma; just east of OKC along I-40.
Oklahoma Baptist University will serve as the SAC Tourney host. The Mabee (MAY-bee) Arena – built in 1982, seats 2,400 fans; it includes reserved chairback seating.
It underwent a major renovation prior to the 2007-08 season, adding new locker rooms, basketball offices, courtside wireless internet, a luxury suite and new scoreboards.
Photo Credits: Picture of Nia Winston shot by Steve Patterson, of Moving Pictures. Fans photo by James A. Wright, of SAGU Marketing.