Lady Lions suffer first loss to LSU-Shreveport
Roberts, McAfee lead SAGU against No. 25 Lady Pilots
On Deck: Sterling Classic in Central Kansas
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- After battling No. 25 ranked LSU-Shreveport for over a half, Southwestern Assemblies of God University yielded to the Lady Pilots, 53-38, on Saturday afternoon in the Sheaffer Center.
The first half saw the led change hands eight times and was tied on five occasions as LSUS took a 26-24 lead into the locker room.
SAGU, now 2-1, went cold in the second half, connecting on just 2-of-19 shots (10%). The LSUS defense held the Lady Lions three starting guards to 4-of-25 shooting and forced them into 12 turnovers.
The Lady Pilots dominated the glass, making sure there were few second chance opportunities for Team Purple.
LSUS (2-0) finished the game with a 50-35 rebounding margin. SAGU managed to grab just six offensive boards.
SAGU had a solid surge midway through the first half. Trailing 10-4 they assembled a 13-4 run to lead 17-14 on a three-pointer by Taylor Hill (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS).
The squad broke a tie at 20 when Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Lakeview Centennial HS) scored on a layup. SAGU took their final lead, 24-23, on a pair of Shaquita Roberts (San Antonio, Tx / Byron Steele HS) free throws.
At the half the Lady Pilots held a 26-24 lead they would never relinquish.
Byroneshia Santiago, a 6’1 junior, took control of the game after intermission. She scored 11 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, nine on the offensive glass... in the second half alone.
Santiago ended the game with 18 and 18, including 11 offensive caroms.
The visitors used an 18-7 push to gradually pull away to a 46-33 advantage with 7:44 remaining.
SAGU held the River Pilots to .318 shooting, but couldn’t overcome the impact of surrendering the boards to LSUS.
The difference was seen in the number of shots taken. The guests were able to attempt 66 shots; SAGU was restricted to 43.
Roberts led the Lady Lions with 11 points. She was also credited with two blocked shots.
Freshman wing Alexis McAfee (DeSoto, Tx / DeSoto HS) came off the bench to add nine points.
Eight substitutes combined for 61 minutes of playing time. McAfee and Bethany Krock (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian) accounted for all eleven points by reserves.
Another frosh, starting forward Charity Page (Nacogdoches, Tx / Nacogdoches HS) and McAfee each grabbed six rebounds.
Laken Ward (Hattieville, Ark / Wonderview HS) registered five rebounds, all on offense, in eighteen minutes. She is also a freshman. ,, She is
SAGU plays in Kansas on Friday and Saturday
The Lady Lions are off until next weekend when they travel 460 miles to Central Kansas. They will play two games in the Sterling Classic.
On Friday at 8:00pm they meet the hosts from Sterling College. At 2:00pm the following day they clash with Southwestern College (Ks).
Sterling is 1-1 after going 14-15 a year ago.
Southwestern had a 23-8 mark last winter. The Moundbuilders are currently 3-1.
Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at
or at 469-658-2847.