Lady Hoopsters in Okla. for tournament
SAGU's strength rests on No. 10 ranked defense
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BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketball team has travelled to northeast Oklahoma to play a pair of games in the Hilton Garden Inn Classic. Four teams are participating; from four different states.
The event is hosted by Oklahoma Wesleyan University, whose Lady Eagles are ranked No. 8 in the NAIA. Each of the classic’s four games will take place inside the Mueller Sports Center.
Bartlesville (pop. 36,000) is 332 miles from Waxahachie.
Fans can follow the digital play-by-play on LiveStats at the following link: http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Tournament/TournamentPage.aspx?association=10&sg=WBB&tour=1219
Joining SAGU and OWU will be Bethany College (Ks) and Central Baptist College (Ark). Each team plays twice over Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Lions open at 2:00pm (CST) on Friday when they will meet Central Baptist. The Lady Mustangs, 12-15 last season, are currently 2-2.
CBC’s have three players scoring in double figures and two of them are also their top rebounders. Kayla Gardner, a 5’10 forward, is scoring 16 points per game.
The Pride has won the past five meetings and lead the series, 5-2, during the past ten years.
Oklahoma Wesleyan, 24-6 a year ago, will be a tall order for the Lady Lions on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 6:00pm.
Don’t let the Eagles’ 2-4 ledger fool you.
Their setbacks have been by five, three, six and one point to Texas Wesleyan University (3-4 record), Bethel College (Ks) (2-3), Evangel University (Mo) (2-3) and Southwestern College (Ks) (6-1).
Kayla Morgan ignites the Eagles’ attack from her guard position. She is averaging 14.5 ppg and has knocked down 19 three-pointers at a success rate of 43%.
The Eagles are pouring in 72 points per contest and have converted 71% of their free throws.
The teams have played just twice since 2003, with SAGU claiming both at home.
In the early stages of the season SAGU’s offense has been sluggish, though their defense is showing signs it could be special.
The Lady Lions are allowing just 54 points per game, a figure that ranks 10th in the NAIA. Opponents are making just .310 of their shots, which is 7th best in the nation.
SAGU had five players scoring in double figures in Tuesday night’s 97-56 rout of Dallas Christian College. In fact, thirteen players scored for Team Purple.
Current player and team statistics are posted on the NAIA website at: http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/IndividualStats.aspx?association=10&sg=WBB&sea=NAIWBB_2013&team=299
A complete report on this weekend’s games will be posted on Sunday.
Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at
or at 469-658-2847.