Strong second half leads to Lady Lions victory
Trio of guards; Winston, McAfee, Dorsey fuel comeback
Roberts blocks six shots, steals five passes to anchor the defense
Current Standings: http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/5.php
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketball team overcame a turnover-filled first half in which they trailed Northwood University by 10 points, by rallying for a 66-59 victory on Tuesday night.
The win lifted the Lady Lions to 13-14 overall as well as raising their league mark in the Sooner Athletic Conference to 7-10.
SAGU has three games remaining, two of them at home. The team has enjoyed a 7-5 record at the Sheaffer Center this season.
This Saturday they play at 1:00pm (CST) against No. 24 Wayland Baptist University (15-10 / 12-4 in SAC). Following the game the team will honor four players in a Senior Day ceremony.
The first half on Tuesday bore no resemblance to their 87-43 rout of the Knights a month earlier.
Back on January 21 SAGU zoomed to a 44-26 halftime lead, made 51% of their shots, forced 30 turnovers and limited the Knights to 28% shooting.
Northwood (9-18 / 2-15 in SAC) cashed in on 19 errors, many unforced, to build a 28-18 lead.
Head Coach Arlon Beadles said it was remarkable that his team could score 22 points in a half that witnessed the loss of so many possessions.
Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Lakeview Centennial HS ) scored five quick points that sparked a pair of freshmen guards, Monica Dorsey (Garland, Tx / Sachse HS ) and Alexis McAfee (DeSoto, Tx / DeSoto HS ). The trio combined to fuel the winning comeback.
The teams battled back and forth with the score tied on four occasions at 33, 35 and 37 before the Lady Lions built an eight point lead.
A pair of free throws by Charity Page (Nacogdoches, Tx / Nacogdoches HS ) gave the Purple Pride a 49-41 upper hand with 10:30 remaining.
Then, team suddenly went cold. Over the next five minutes they missed 11-of-12 shots and made two more turnovers. It allowed the Knights to put together a 12-4 run to knot the score for a sixth time, 53-53.
Dorsey snapped the tie by splitting two foul shots, and then drove for a layup following a Northwood turnover.
The Lions refused to lose the lead this time.
They outscored the Knights 13-6 the rest of the way.
Shaquita Roberts (San Antonio, Tx / Byron Steele HS ) stole the ball and zipped the outlet to Dorsey. Dorsey sped upcourt before threading a pass to a streaking McAfee.
Roberts almost single-handedly stopped every Knights possession down the stretch by blocking shots or intercepting the ball.
Four straight Winston free throws extended the lead to 62-55 with 1:57 remaining.
Dorsey converted a pair from the charity stripe and, after Roberts swatted away another shot, Winston grabbed the rebound and raced coast-to-coast for a layup to close the scoring.
Winston, the SAC’s top scorer (18.8 points per game), poured in 13 of her 19 total points during the second half. McAfee canned all twelve of her points after intermission.
Dorsey tossed in seven of her 11 during the same time.
Roberts, however, was in beast-mode when the team needed her most. She finished with nine points, six after the first half, and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Roberts blocked six shots and was credited with five steals. She also had two assists. She leads the conference with 59 blocks.
Winston had four steals to take a slim lead in the SAC in the category.
Crystal Carter came off the bench to lead Northwood with 18 points.
Click on the underlined game score to view the box score. Click on the split blue box (on the right) to see the textual version of the accounts of the game.