Purple Pride shoots 24%, lose to LSU-Shreveport

HEATHER JEFFERSON: Senior guard led the charge in Shreveport, scoring nine of her team-leading 12 points in the first half.SHREVEPORT, Louisiana  -- They are not the only team in the Red River Athletic Conference that can play defense. Southwestern Assemblies of God University, despite playing their own brand of resistance, were routed on the road tonight, 55-38, by Louisiana State University at Shreveport.

The Lady Lions, who got off to an 8-0 start in league play, have now gone 4-4 since January 17. At 17-7 overall and 12-4 in the RRAC, they trail four-time defending champion Langston University by four games in the loss column. The loss was eased a bit when Our Lady of the Lake (15-7, 11-5) topped Texas Wesleyan (19-4, 11-4) in San Antonio, 70-64.

Playing without freshman center Sierra Hankins (Welch, Ok / Welch HS), the team was crushed on the boards by a 55-28 count. She suffered an injury in Saturday's win over Wiley College. The Lions made 23.7% of their shots and connected on just 4-of-21 shots beyond the arc. SAGU rolled to a 72-69 win over LSU-Shreveport at home in December.

SAGU was led in scoring by senior guard Heather Jefferson (Conroe, Tx / Conroe HS) and Chelsea Jones (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian). Both tossed in 12 points, with Jones reaching double figures for the 24th time this season by scoring nine points after intermission.

First Half Recap

TIME OUT: Head Coach Arlon Beadles has a strong core of players leading the Purple Pride.The Lady Lions' penchant for setting the tempo of games from the opening tip was again established. They grabbed a 4-0 lead on a pair of baskets by Jefferson, one on an assist by Jirah Rodriguez (Georgetown, Tx / Georgetown HS), the second on a driving layup. Twice in their first three possessions the team squandered steals by missing shots.

When Stephanie Hawkins (DeSoto, Tx / DeSoto HS) grabbed her own miss, reset the offense, then triggered a three-point basket, SAGU had a 7-2 lead with 14:14 left in the half. Signs of their cold shooting were already apparent. The team was off the mark in eight of their first eleven tries.

The absence of Hankins and her high post play, along with her rebounding, was evident. The Lady Pilots began pounding the offensive boards, parlaying their advantage inside for a 14-10 lead.

Jefferson pilfered a pass, leading to a 3-ball by Rodriguez at the 7:59 mark. The feisty senior and former player for the Conroe H.S. Tigers, continued her carnivorous play. She turned a Gabby Bruner (Peaster, Tx / Peaster HS) miss into an offensive putback, was fouled, then converted the "and one" for an old-fashioned three point play. SAGU led, 16-15, with 6:13 to play.

Jefferson picked the pocket of Kylie Leonards and darted the distance. The Pride was on top, 18-17, just 4:47 before recess. They wouldn't score again until the closing seconds. Rodriguez stole the ball and cashed it into a layup.

By then the Lady Pilots had closed the half on an 11-2 run to take a 28-20 advantage into the locker room.

Much of SAGU's scoring had come as a result of their defense, which held LSUS to 35% shooting (11-of-31). The Lions' halfcourt offense was out of sync and hit only 29% of their (8-of-28) attempts. Jefferson netted nine points and four boards to lead in both categories for Team Lioness.

The Pilots held a 26-15 edge on the boards, though they had retrieved 10 off the offensive glass.

Second Half Summary

The Lady Pilots went for the jugular at the start of the second frame. They swished their first three shots, including two trifectas by Leonards and Rachel Carlson. The hosts had the upper hand, 36-22 (17:18), and the frosty shooters of Southwestern would never get closer than 10 the rest of the contest.

LSUS, who posted a 23-7 record last winter after going 27-6 in 2009, played well throughout. They limited the Lions' second chance opportunities in the second half as they owned a 29-13 margin in caroms over the final twenty minutes.

To their credit, coach Arlon Beadles' unit refused to relent. The 'Cats in violet forced 17 second half turnovers (they finished with 28) while making only three (SAGU had just 13 for the game), but simply couldn't overcome their icy shooting.

The Lions mojo was missing in action. After rocking the Pilots for 72 points in their first encounter, they mustered 38 on Monday. During the second half they were good on six of thirty one attempts (19%), including 1-of-10 beyond the arc. Even with the rare off-night the club has the best three-point accuracy in the RRAC (37%).

After Hawkins assisted a field goal by Jones at the 16:58 mark, the team didn't make another for the next five minutes. Jefferson snared an offensive rebound and tossed the ball to Rodriguez in the paint for a score (11:16). They remained in the game at 37-27.

That's when the Pilots 5-foot-9 junior, forward Sharday Cotton took control of the game. Their leading scorer (14 ppg) and rebounder (12 rpg) this season powered in back-to-back-to-back baskets for a 47-29 lead (6:47) to effectively put the game away.

The Lions went another five minutes between field goals before Jones stroked a triple after a nice pass from Rachel Harris (Joshua, Tx / Bethesda Christian) with 4:28 showing on The Dock clock. Jones, who could get free for only five second half shots, sank a pair of free throws seconds later, reducing the deficit to 48-34.

Jones, limited to 1-of-8 shooting in the first half by a pesky Pilots squad, keyed the team's final basket by grabbing a defensive board. She capped the possession when she dished a dime to Rodriguez in the lane. Jones was fouled while launching a trey, drawing the Lions to within 50-38 after she popped 2-of-3 from the solo stripe (2:38). Team Purp wouldn't score again, missing their final three shots.

Major Adjustments Since First Meeting

Credit the Pilots with a great defensive effort. Head coach Ronnie Howell, in his eighth season, employed an effective defensive scheme to counter the Lady Lions' attack. They utilized a Star Trek force field as a shield against SAGU, preventing interior shots. The Lions had to settle for perimeter shots, which, on this night, simply would not fall.

Focusing on Jones and Hawkins, the Lions top two scorers, the Shreveport River Runners forced the pair to shoot a combined 5-of-34. It was easily the most effective defense against the talented duo in years. The pair found the range on just three of 13 shots outside the arc, and the team was 4-of-21. It was one of those nights.

It has been 143 games since the Lady Lions were held under 40. On November 11, 2006, they were routed by Oklahoma Christian University, 88-32. The Eagles were 23-8 that season. (See graph below)

There is no truth that Howell signaled the Vulcan salute at game's end, though his defense lived long and prospered.

Cats Stats

Jones and Jefferson led the Lions with 12 points apiece, with the latter registering three assists. Jones had four steals while Jefferson accounted for three. Rodriguez finished with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting. Hawkins netted five points.

Bruner paced the team on the boards with six before fouling out. Jefferson had five, Jones four, and three each by Hawkins, Harris and Andrea Lugo (San Antonio, Tx / Somerset HS).

Sharday finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Tynekqua Warren also had a double-double, tallying for 12 points and ten boards. LSUS, now 13-9 overall and 10-6 in the RRAC, shot 41% from the floor, and made 8-of-23 threes. They converted only 7-of-16 free throws. SAGU was 6-of-8.

No Place Like Home: Saturday vs. Texas College

The Lady Lions return home this Saturday when they will face a solid Texas College (15-7, 7-7) team at 5:30pm. The Lady Steers have won three straight. If the season ended today, SAGU would face the 7th place TC Steers in the RRAC tournament.

Saturday's game will feature the annual Coaches versus Cancer event that draws attention to the fight against breast cancer. Fans are asked to bring a donation for this worthy cause. Southwestern will take up an offering in chapel later this week.

The team's final home game against Jarvis Christian College, on Monday, February 14, will be headlined as Senior Night. Four Lady Lions will make their final regular season appearance in the Sheaffer Center.

Lady Lions Scoring Lows

Season      Won-Lost Record      Games Played      Season Low      Times Scoring Under 50

2010-11      17-7 (so far)      24      38      2 times (40 vs John Brown)

2009-10      25-8       33      47      2 times (47 to Langston, Union Univ)

2008-09      24-8      32      43      7 times (43 against Wiley)

2007-08       6-23      29      43      5 times (43 vs. Wiley)

2006-07       5-22      27      32      11 times (32 vs Okla Christian, 39 vs MACU)

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Jan 20, 2013 - Women's Basketball News

Jarvis tops SAGU, 66-46 Krock, Cox lead reserves in solid outing Official Box Score HAWKINS, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University built a six-point first ha...

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Lady Lions comeback comes up short

Lady Lions comeback comes up short

Jan 15, 2013 - Women's Basketball News

Down 25, SAGU draws to within 62-58 Five-game road trip has three remaining Box Score CEDAR HILL, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University's women's basketball ...

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Lady Lions show growl in setback

Lady Lions show growl in setback

Jan 11, 2013 - Women's Basketball News

No. 24 OLLU tops SAGU, 84-64 Lugo leads strong effort in her hometown Box Score SAN ANTONIO, Texas  --  Despite a solid performance on the boards, the Southwestern Assembli...

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Lady Lions face ranked OLLU

Lady Lions face ranked OLLU

Jan 09, 2013 - Women's Basketball News

Follow game on live video or LiveStats Slowing down nation's top scoring team a challenge SAN ANTONIO, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketba...

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Cold spell costly to Lady Lions

Cold spell costly to Lady Lions

Jan 05, 2013 - Women's Basketball News

St. Thomas rides 41-20 halftime lead to victory Hill leads SAGU with 21; Cox has 16 rebounds Box Score WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University ...

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Lady Lions head into 2013

Lady Lions head into 2013

Dec 31, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Basketball season resumes Saturday at home Team's new identity reveals a balanced attack WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s baske...

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Lady Lions fall in Ft. Worth, 63-41

Lady Lions fall in Ft. Worth, 63-41

Dec 18, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Wesleyan defense stymies SAGU offense Next Game: Jan. 5 at home vs. St. Thomas Click here for Box Score FORT WORTH, Texas  --  The women’s basketball team from Southwe...

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Trifectas too much for SAGU

Trifectas too much for SAGU

Dec 16, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

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 ...

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Women's head basketball coach earns 100th SAGU career win

Women's head basketball coach earns 100th SAGU career win

Dec 14, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Waxahachie, Texas — December 14, 2012 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Women's Head Basketball Coach Arlon Beadles achieved his 100th SAGU win on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, as...

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Lady Lions sink in 58-47 loss

Lady Lions sink in 58-47 loss

Dec 14, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

SAGU outlasted by #17 LSU-S Solid defensive effort undone by turnovers Click here for Box Score WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  A talented LSU-Shreveport women’s basketball tea...

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SAGU hoopsters ring in the holidays

SAGU hoopsters ring in the holidays

Dec 13, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Players team-up with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive a worthy service project WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  On the court they receive an assist for serving others. In the communit...

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Lady Lions get stuck in the muddle

Lady Lions get stuck in the muddle

Dec 11, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

SAGU comes up short to Langston, 62-46 Hill, Harvatin, Sodich combine for 35 points Click here for Box Score LANGSTON, Oklahoma  --  Monday night’s women’s college basketba...

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Hot starting Bacone rolls by Lady Lions

Hot starting Bacone rolls by Lady Lions

Dec 09, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Hill pours in 20-points in losing cause SAGU plays at Langston on Monday Click here for Box Score MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University wome...

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Saturday night hoops; SAGU at Bacone

Saturday night hoops; SAGU at Bacone

Dec 08, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Follow the game on Live Stats SAGU is at Langston on Monday MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s and women’s basketball teams are in Okla...

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Lady Lions hold off Texas College

Lady Lions hold off Texas College

Dec 04, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

79-76 win offsets loss of Winston Freshman Hill thrills crowd, Hankins saves day WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  “There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets th...

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Love too much for Lions to handle

Love too much for Lions to handle

Dec 02, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Jarvis guard erupts for 42 points SAGU drops 72-55 decision, host TxC on Monday Click here for Box Score (Photo Gallery listed below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Pro...

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SAGU hosts Saturday afternoon games

SAGU hosts Saturday afternoon games

Dec 01, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Lady Lions at 2:00pm, Lions at 4:00pm Jarvis Christian College visits for RRAC twinbill WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University will play host to ...

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Last second free throw costs SAGU

Last second free throw costs SAGU

Nov 30, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Lady Lions drop 56-55 decision to Tillotson Cox, Harvatin, Winston reach double-figures Click here for Box Score AUSTIN, Texas  --  An accidental foul in the backcourt sent...

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Lady Lions breeze to 79-39 triumph

Lady Lions breeze to 79-39 triumph

Nov 28, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Coach Beadles Wins 200th Winston, Bratchett lead 12 Lady Lion scorers FARMERS BRANCH, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketball team went full...

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Lady Lions overcome cold start, roll 72-52

Lady Lions overcome cold start, roll 72-52

Nov 26, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Team recovers from 13-point deficit Coach Beadles now one win shy of 200 Click here for Box Score WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  It was far from pretty, but the end product wa...

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Second half dooms Lady Lions

Second half dooms Lady Lions

Nov 12, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Wayland Baptist breaks open close game SAGU comes up short in 64-43 setback WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The best half of basketball to date by Southwestern Assemblies of God Univ...

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Solid start and finish sparks Lady Lions

Solid start and finish sparks Lady Lions

Nov 12, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

SAGU wins opener, 80-68, over DCC Winston, Bratchett lead five in double-figures WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Some things increase in their value once they have been lost. Like th...

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Q & A with Arlon Beadles

Q & A with Arlon Beadles

Nov 09, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Head Coach Assesses the Lady Lions Optimism reigns; home games Fri/Sat PM WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  His eyes filled with insights and the richness of know-how, Southwestern A...

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SAGU Classic slated for Friday, Saturday

SAGU Classic slated for Friday, Saturday

Nov 09, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Women's college hoops takes over campus Lady Lions play at 7:30pm on both nights WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The women’s basketball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God Univers...

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Cold second half cages Lady Lions

Cold second half cages Lady Lions

Nov 04, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Team drops to 0-2 after weekend tourney Lady Lions host SAGU Classic, Nov. 9-10  BETHANY, Oklahoma  --  A solid first half was not enough for the women’s basketball t...

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Drovers lasso Lady Lions

Drovers lasso Lady Lions

Nov 04, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

USAO tops SAGU in season opener Winston, Hankins, Hill score in double-figures BETHANY, Oklahoma  --  Despite controlling the boards in convincing fashion, the Southwestern Ass...

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SAGU drops opener, 84-64, in OKC

SAGU drops opener, 84-64, in OKC

Nov 03, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

BETHANY, Oklahoma  --  Despite controlling the boards in convincing fashion, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University women's basketball team finished on the wrong side of an 84-6...

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Lady Lions hoopsters picked 6th

Lady Lions hoopsters picked 6th

Oct 31, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

SAGU to open new season this weekend Pre-Season Coaches Poll ranks all 12 RRAC teams WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Following a rebuilding season last winter, the Southwestern Assembli...

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Lady Lions take on Alumni All-Stars

Lady Lions take on Alumni All-Stars

Oct 11, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

A Breakfast of Hoops and Fruit Loops  Chelsea Jones and Company return to the court WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Fans of women’s college basketball with get a preview look at th...

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Women's hoops names new Assistant Coach

Women's hoops names new Assistant Coach

Aug 09, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Kory Henry returns to Lady Lions Veteran coach to focus on SAGU defense WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The women’s basketball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University have ann...

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Lady Lions announce 30-game schedule

Lady Lions announce 30-game schedule

Jul 02, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

SAGU tips off season in Oklahoma Coach Beadles leads retooled 2012-13 team WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University has released the schedule of the women’s basketb...

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Lady Lions banking on Tanks

Lady Lions banking on Tanks

Jun 29, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

San Antonio pipeline sends 'Shooter'  Smithson Valley's Shaina Tanks signs WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Forgive women’s basketball coach Arlon Beadles for smiling. He just completed the rec...

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Dual-sport winger to play hoops

Dual-sport winger to play hoops

Jun 28, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Jessica Sodich to play basketball Recruiting class adds second guard WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The women’s basketball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University has announc...

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Roberts named All-American

Roberts named All-American

Apr 23, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Roberts leads NAIA in blocked shots Bruner, Winston recognized for their efforts as well   WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Prior to the Southwestern Assemblies of God University sports banque...

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Taylor-made recruit for SAGU hoops

Taylor-made recruit for SAGU hoops

Apr 13, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Point Guard Taylor Hill signs Waxahachie H.S. standout inks with Lady Lions WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Surrounded by relatives and well-wishers, Taylor Hill signed her national letter of intent o...

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Lady Lions come up short to Langston

Lady Lions come up short to Langston

Mar 03, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

RRAC tourney loss ends SAGU season Winston, Roberts lead team; Bruner, Brown cap careers WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketball team foug...

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