No. 24 Flying Queens pull away from SAGU
Lady Lions final home game next Thursday
Seniors Winston, Roberts enjoy honors, productive effort
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WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Sophomore Taylor Hill (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) scored all eleven of her points during a first half as Southwestern Assemblies of God University trailed No. 24 Wayland Baptist University, 43-40, at intermission. They would get no closer.
An 8-1 run by the visiting Flying Queens and an 8-0 spurt extended WBU’s lead to 66-48 en route to an 89-68 triumph on Saturday at the Sheaffer Center.
After shooting 50% from the field in the first half, the Lady Lions went cold. They connected on just three of their first 16 shots while making six turnovers ten minutes into the second stanza. By they trailed 66-48.
They finished the second half 10-of-31 (32%) as Wayland pulled away.
The Queens controlled the boards, 45-33, including 19 to 11 on the offensive glass. They also forced 21 turnovers.
The offensive boardwork and the Lady Lions inability to take care of the ball allowed WBU to own a 71-59 advantage in shots taken.
Now 17-10 overall and 14-4 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, Wayland solidified their hold on third place. It was the 14th win in their last 17 games.
SAGU slipped to 13-15 and 7-11. They can still finish at .500 with two wins.
The Lady Lions have two remaining games to prepare for the SAC tournament in early March. They host St. Gregory’s University (2-22 / 1-17 in SAC) on Thursday at 6:00pm. It will be the final home game of the season and four the team's four seniors.
SAGU concludes the regular season next Saturday afternoon, March 1, with a trip to Siloam Springs, Arkansas to face John Brown University.
"Wow," said Head Coach Arlon Beadles. "We were great in the first half. We just couldn’t score the second half."
"When you can’t score and then your defense can't hold up," he added. The Lady Lions were outscored 46-26 after intermission.
"We had a chance to beat a great team. We just didn’t finish the game!"
The contest was a matchup of the conference’s top two scorers in the Lady Lions’ Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Lakeview Centennial HS, Panola College , Panola College, ) and WBU’s Angeleigh Davis. Both are senior guards.
Entering the game Winston held a 39 point lead over her counterpart. Davis managed to reduce that figure by only two points by outscoring Winston 20-18.
Both players swished four triples.
Senior forward Shaquita Roberts (San Antonio, Tx / Byron Steele HS ) had a solid outing.
She netted four of seven shots and 5-of-7 free throws for 13 points. She was credited with six rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Purple Pride’s best stretch of play came in the seven minutes prior to intermission. A 12-5 surge had given the Queens a 33-20 lead at the 7:05 mark.
Alexis McAfee (DeSoto, Tx / DeSoto HS ) assisted on a Winston three-ball to cap a 16-3 run that drew the team to within 37-36. Roberts had five points during the streak.
McAfee then passed to Hill for a trey and SAGU remained within one at 41-40 just sixty-four seconds before recess. The team had a chance to tie or take the lead but missed two shots and had a turnover in the last minute.
Video highlights will be posted on the SAGU Sports Network’s fan page on Facebook early next week.
Wayland started four guards. Each of them reached double figures; Davis 20, Laura Castillo 18, Christie Mooney 15, Stephanie Afunugo 14.
Following the game the coaching staff recognized four seniors; Winston, Roberts, Andrea Lugo (San Antonio, Tx / Somerset HS ) and Sierra Hankins (Welch, Ok / Welch HS ).
Fans can view a photo gallery of the game and the post-game senior ceremony (posted by Sunday PM) at the Moving Pictures website at: movingpictures.photoreflect.com
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