Jones, Hawkins are Statistical Leaders

DEFENDERS OF THE GOAL:  Shaquita Roberts (left) and Chelsea Jones (24) challenge a shot by Central Baptist College (Arkansas). Heather Jefferson (14) and Stephanie Hawkins (10) also pictured.WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women's basketball team maximize their talents with a defense that is a tough to tame as the train in "Unstoppable," the movie. For the third straight season their effective zone defense is the defining strength of their team.

By shackling opposing offenses, SAGU continues to be a national leader in yielding points reluctantly. SAGU's multiple zone packages and timely applied traps keep enemy guards as nervous as longtail cats in a room filled with rocking chairs.

Coach Arlon Beadles' squad is surrendering only 56 points per game, which is again in the Top 20 nationally. It is one of the main reasons the Lady Lions are 9-3 at the holiday break. This season they are not alone among the Red River Athletic Conference. Texas Wesleyan University (11-1), LSU-Shreveport (4-6) and Bacone College (10-0) all have proven stingier than SAGU in the early going.

Fortunately for the Purple Pride, their offense has added some new wrinkles while mixing in several new players. The team is averaging about 63 points per game, but has proven especially effective in pressure situations. They moved up seven spots in the most recent NAIA Coaches Poll, from #38 to #31, by delivering points in the clutch.

At the holiday break the Lady Lions have shown their trademarks; defense and balanced scoring. Six players are ranking in the Top 20 in the RRAC, though only one makes the NAIA top list.

Here is an individual report card:

Chelsea Jones, Sr, Forward

PURPOSE DRIVEN: Senior guard Heather Jefferson (24) slashes inside during scoring bid versus Texas Wesleyan. Photo by Joe Valdez.Chelsea Jones (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian), a 5-foot-8, senior appears in 10 Red River categories as well as four separate national statistical departments. The 2009-10 All-American leads SAGU in scoring by pouring in 16.7 ppg. That is 4th in the RRAC and 34th in the NAIA.

Jones is the fifth best shooter in the league, making almost 42% of her field goal attempts. However, outside the three-point arc she is as hot as a four-alarm fire. The small forward has connected on 35 of her 73 tries for a sizzling 48% which leads the RRAC and rates #12 in the nation. Last season she led the nation in 3-point accuracy. She is making 2.92 triples per game, a figure that is second best in the conference and #11 in the country.

Jones is stroking free throws, 37-of-52, at a 71% success rate (7th in RRAC), and is credited with 3.17 steals per game. Her thefts position her 2nd in the conference and #16 in the NAIA. When it comes to rebounding, she is grabbing 5.9 per game, ranking 19th in the RRAC. Her 0.50 blocks per contest is twelfth best in the league.

Her assist to turnover ratio ranks 19th, making 1.07 more assists per game than miscues. Her two double-doubles is 13th in the RRAC.

Stephanie Hawkins, Senior, Guard

A 5-foot-5 senior, Stephanie Hawkins (DeSoto, Tx / DeSoto HS) is second to Jones in scoring, tossing in 10.7 ppg; 25th in the RRAC. She has drained 73% of her FT's (40-of-55); 5th in the RRAC, and is 3rd in the league with a team-leading 3.7 assists per outing.

Hawkeye in 9th in the conference in steals (2.42 spg) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio with a +1.33. She is making the same percentage, 37%, of her overall shots as well as her launches beyond the barrier (9-of-24). The point guard was especially effective in the 68-66 overtime win over NCAA Division I Texas State, when she rattled home 22 points.

Heather Jefferson, Senior, Guard

Heather Jefferson (Conroe, Tx / Conroe HS) has had history of slow starts before heating up. This season has proven to be no exception! The 5'6 guard is known for the tenacity of a cornered badger. Averaging 9.4 ppg and 4.3 rebounds, she can fill a stat sheet with her solid floor game.

Jefferson is the club's most accurate shooter, making good on 47% of her attempts. She is tied with Hawkins for third on the team in trifectas with nine. Jefferson has been coming on of late on the charity stripe, tossing in 26-of-37 (70%). She's 10th in the Red River in steals, picking pockets 2.25 times per game. She's fifth in assists, averaging 3.5 per contest. The highly competitive guard is 20th in assist-to-turnover ratio with a +1.05.

Jirah Rodriguez, Freshman, Forward

Freshman forward Jirah Rodriguez (Georgetown, Tx / Georgetown HS) has stepped into the starting line-up and filled a major void. She is scoring at a nine points per game clip and is third in rebounds by yanking down 5.33 caroms per game.

The 5-foot-9 product of the "Live Music Capital of the World," Rodriguez has been a hit on offense. She is sinking 45% of her shots, 47% of her three-point attempts, and 67% from the foul line. She already has her first collegiate double-double and a high game of 19 points.

Gabrielle Bruner, Junior, Forward

Gabby Bruner (Peaster, Tx / Peaster HS) is also a new frontline starter for SAGU. The forward is 8th in the RRAC with three double-doubles (reaching double figures in two separate categories). Her team-leading 8.3 rebounds per game norm places her sixth in the conference.

As a freshman the 5'9 baseline performer averaged 2.9 boards per game. She improved to 3.9 last season before doubling this, her junior campaign. Bruner has ripped down 10+ boards on five occasions, including 13 in the huge road win at Texas Wesleyan.

Bruner (BREW-nur) is converting 44% from the field and 51% from the foul line (18-of-35). But it was her two FT's with one second left in the game that gave SAGU a 57-56 lead over TWU. She netted 63% (33-of-52) from the foul line last winter. Bruner is scoring 7.1 ppg, and averaging 1.09 assists and 1.64 steals per game.

Coming to the Rescue; Harris, Hankins

The two primary reserves have been Rachel Harris (Joshua, Tx / Bethesda Christian) and Sierra Hankins (Welch, Ok / Welch HS).

Harris is scoring 4.3 ppg, mostly as a three-point sniper. She has knocked down 14-of-33 (42%), and all four of her free throw tries. She is a brainy guard who averages 1.5 assists and is very reliable against the press.

Hankins, a 5'11 center with a shooter's touch and range, has wristed 46% of her 41 shots, while averaging 3.5 ppg. Her 3.7 rebounds is likely the main need in her role off the bench.

Three Bucketeers Who Could Matter

Three other players on the roster could see more opportunities as the season develops. Junior MacKenzie McDowell (Ft. Worth, Tx / Calvary Christian) is a 5'8 guard who can drop the trey without flinching. Andrea Lugo (San Antonio, Tx / Somerset HS) is a penetrating dime-dropper at point guard.

Should junior center Shaquita Roberts (San Antonio, Tx / Byron Steele HS) be activated in January, Team Lioness could rise as a serious title contender. When healthy, the 6'1 post player is the best shot blocker in the Red River. Roberts swatted 99 shots as a freshman, the fourth best in the nation.

A lingering calf injury reduced her playing time dramatically last year. After earning 29 minutes as a freshman, she appeared in only seven minutes per game in 2009-10, sitting out 13 games. Still, she managed to reject 24 shots. Shaq has yet to be cleared to play this year. If she is anywhere near full capacity, Roberts could be the X-factor for SAGU.

SAGU Top 5 Statistical Leaders

Scoring Points Per Game

Jones 16.7, Hawkins 10.7, Jefferson 9.4, Rodriguez 9.0, Bruner 7.1

FG Percentage

Jefferson .470, Hankins .463, Rodriguez .448, Bruner .441, Jones .416

Three-Point Accuracy

Jones .479, Rodriguez .471, Harris .424, Hawkins .375, Jefferson .310

Free Throw Percentage

Harris 1.000, Hawkins .727, Jones .712, Jefferson .703, Rodriguez .667

Rebounds Per Game

Bruner 8.27, Jones 5.92, Rodriguez 5.33, Jefferson 4.33, Hankins 3.75

Assists Per Game

Hawkins 3.67, Jefferson 3.50, Jones 2.67, Harris 1.50, Rodriguez 1.17

Steals Per Game

Jones 3.17, Hawkins 2.42, Jefferson 2.25, Bruner 1.64, Rodriguez 1.25

Total Blocked Shots

Jones 6, Hankins 3, Rodriguez 2, Jefferson 2, Bruner 1

Personal Fouls

Bruner 30 (2.73 per game), Jones 29, Jefferson 25, Rodriguez 24, Hawkins 23

Minutes Per Game (Top 10)

Jones 31.0, Bruner 29.4, Jefferson 28.2, Rodriguez 28.2, Hawkins 26.8, Hankins 16.7, Harris 15.8, McDowell 6.1, Lugo 4.8, Melissa Giles 3.0

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Turnovers, Love overcomes Lady Lions

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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