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6:00pm game precedes Lions at DCC at 8pm

SAGU will play in Oklahoma tourney on Fri/Sat

wbb-2013-laken-wardWAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University, after dropping three straight women’s basketball games, returns to the court Tuesday night.

SAGU (2-3) plays at 6:00pm in Richardson (46 miles north on I-35) against Dallas Christian College. The two teams met two weeks ago in the Sheaffer Center where the Lady Lions came away with a season opening 81-25 triumph.

There will be no coverage on video, audio or livestats, though fans may get updates on Twitter @SAGUSportsNet.

The team has struggled on offense, where they’ve been cold, and on the boards, which is the expected strength of the squad.

SAGU went 0-2 on Friday and Saturday at the Sterling Classic in central Kansas.

They were flat and perhaps fatigued after a 400 mile trip on Friday, falling to Sterling College (3-1), 73-58.

Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Lakeview Centennial, Panola JC) had the hot hand, netting 22 points. Monica Dorsey (Garland, Tx / Sachse HS) tossed in 10.

Overall, however, the team shot 30% from the floor. Sterling out-rebounded the Purple Pride, 38-24.

The next afternoon the team met a solid Southwestern College (Ks) (5-1) team that went 23-8 a year ago. The No. 14 ranked Moundbuilders rolled to a 71-46 triumph as they held SAGU to 27% field goal percentage.

Once again the Lady Lions were beaten on the glass, 47-32. Jirah Rodriguez (Georgetown, Tx / Georgetown HS) was tops in points with 10.

A positive in the setbacks was making fewer turnovers than the opposition in both games, totaling just 22 in the two contests combined.

Winston leads the team in scoring through five games at 13.6 points per game. Laken Ward (Hattieville, Ark / Wonderview HS) is setting the pace on the boards by pulling down 5.6 caroms per outing.

Collectively, the Lady Lions are making 30% of their shots. They are, however, limiting five foes to 31% accuracy.

'Coach Speak' with Arlon Beadles

“Our rebounding and defense should be our strong points,” said Head Coach Arlon Beadles, “but we are really getting whipped on the boards.”

“Our scoring hasn’t gotten untracked yet, so we are going to change some things to help us get going.”

He said he is not worried about those who have gotten off to a sluggish start.

He also praised the play of freshman forward Charity Page (Nacogdoches, Tx / Nacogdoches HS).

“Charity is playing very well as a rebounder,” he pointed out. “She has been a bright spot there. Plus, Nia had a great game against Sterling College.”

After Tuesday night’s game (the SAGU men play DCC at 8:00pm) the Lady Lions will prepare for another tournament this coming weekend.

Oklahoma Wesleyan Tournament this weekend

They will travel to Bartlesville, (northeast) Oklahoma where they will take on Central Baptist College (Ark) on Friday, then meet the host Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Saturday.

“We will face two very good teams in Oklahoma at the end of the week,” Beadles continued. “Central Baptist (2-1) is always a tough team for us to beat.”

“OWU (24-6) is a nationally ranked team,” he said. True, Wesleyan is No. 8 in the current Top 25 Coaches Poll.

“I’m seeing improvement,” he added. “We plan on working hard this week to prepare ourselves for the start of league play in the Sooner Conference.”

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at

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