Rodriguez, Lady Lions thump Knights, 87-43
SAGU wins second-in-a-row on the strength of defense
Team can continue upsurge with win in Wayland on Thursday
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CEDAR HILL, Texas -- Led by the best shooting defense in the Sooner Athletic Conference, Southwestern Assemblies of God University rolled to an 87-43 rout of Northwood University on Tuesday night.
The Lady Lions allowed the hosts to make just 28% (15 of 54) of their shots while also dominating the glass by a 53-30 count. Separating the Knights from possession of the ball another 30 times on turnovers and the one-sided result was evident.
Equaling last year’s win total with eleven games to go, SAGU improved their record to 10-9. Their league record is 4-5. Northwood is 8-11.
Thursday they finish the first half of the conference schedule when they travel to the Texas Panhandle to meet Wayland Baptist University (8-8 / 5-2 in SAC).
Fans will be able to follow the action on livestreamed video, LiveStats as well as on the radio. A pregame article will provide instructions.
Three-point baskets by Jirah Rodriguez (Georgetown, Tx / Georgetown HS ) and Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Lakeview Centennial HS ) to open the game gave the Purple Pride a lead they would never abandon.
Taylor Hill (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS ) assisted another Rodriguez triple before Laken Ward (Cleveland, Ark / Wonderview HS ) and Shaquita Roberts (San Antonio, Tx / Byron Steele HS ) scored on putbacks as SAGU stretched a 24-17 advantage with an 8-0 run.
Rodriguez capped it with stickback to make it 32-17 with 4:45 left in the first half.
Roberts, who is building on her senior season like a cresting groundswell, boosted the margin to twenty.
She scored twice on the interior, once on a pass from Bethany Krock (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian ). Then she retrieved an offensive rebound and kicked it out to Rodriguez on the perimeter. She was true on a trifecta to make it 42-22.
The Lady Lions led 44-26 at the break as Hill converted a pair of free throws in the closing seconds. By then Rodriguez had 13 points.
It was much more of the same in the second stanza.
Winston scored eight quick points and Hill bagged four and the rout was on at 58-26. Alexis McAfee (DeSoto, Tx / DeSoto HS ) delivered in the paint after a three-ball from Hill and SAGU had scored the first 22 points of the second half.
The Lady Knights didn’t score until there was 11:40 left in the game. They turned the ball over 10 times and misfired on eight straight tries to start before Dominique Davis parlayed a SAGU miscue into a bucket.
Shaina Tanks (Spring Branch, Tx / Smithson Valley HS ) grabbed an offensive carom that led to a Brittany Griffin (Rockwall, Tx / Rockwall Christian ) layup on a Sierra Hankins (Welch, Ok / Welch HS ) pass and it was 82-38.
Krock converted a steal into an Andrea Lugo (San Antonio, Tx / Somerset HS ) deuce before Krock tickled the twine on a triple to give SAGU their largest advantage at 87-40.
SAGU Head Coach Arlon Beadles, who earned his 225th career win in 15 years of coaching women, said "Our defense made for a great offense tonight."
"We were able to get transition points because of the defensive effort our team put forth."
He pointed out that "...our work on the boards really contributed to our success. We out-rebounded them 53-30."
"It's a joy to see this team playing at such a high level."
Of the Lady Lions' final 11 games, six are at home. No team in the Sooner has won more road games than SAGU.
All told thirteen players produced points for SAGU. Reserves, who played throughout the second half, limited Northwood to 22% (5 of 23) shooting.
Winston netted a game-high 20 points to go along with four steals. On the strength of three treys, Rodriguez finished with 13 while Hill canned 11 points.
The trio were the only ones with twenty or more minutes of playing time.
Roberts’ night included nine points, six rebounds, four of them on offense, and a team-high three assists.
Ward and Charity Page (Nacogdoches, Tx / Nacogdoches HS ) tied Roberts for the team lead in rebounds with six.
Julieh Clark paced the hosts with nine points.
Last season, Northwood’s first, SAGU split two games. They fell in Cedar Hill, 67-59, before jousting past the Knights by a 74-47 count at Sheaffer Center.
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