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SAGU looks to bounce back after recent narrow setbacks

Lady Lions open on March 14 against Oklahoma Christian

Brackets for Women’s and Men’s tourney announced

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketball team will have an opportunity to compete in next week’s Central Regional in Edmond, Oklahoma.

The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), which has 120 members that range from the NAIA to the NCAA’s Division II and III, has four Central teams vying for a spot in the eight-team Nationals. The games are on tap for March 14-15 in the northern suburb of Oklahoma City.

The seedings for the foursome that qualified has been announced:

#1   Oklahoma Christian University (NCAA D II)
#2   Colorado Christian University (NCAA D II)
#3   Mid-America Christian University (NAIA)
#4   SAGU (NAIA)

SAGU (14-17 record) will take on the tournament host, Oklahoma Christian (15-11), on Friday, March 14. The game is set for a 5:30pm (CST) start. The Lady Eagles are 10-1 at home.

SAGU has lost their last four games on the road but had a chance to win them all, losing by an average of five points.

In the past week the Lady Lions have fallen, 59-55 at #16 ranked John Brown University, and 67-66 in overtime at the Sooner Athletic Conference. In both games critical turnovers in the clutch were the death knell when a victory seemed likely.

No video, audio or LiveStat service for the Central Regional games is available. A preview will be posted next Thursday.

In the other NCCAA Central Regional semi-final, Colorado Christian (15-12) tangles with Mid-America Christian (17-13). MACU, from the SAC, has dropped their last three games.

That game has a 1:30pm start earlier on Friday, March 14.

Winners of the semi-finals will meet at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 15. At stake is a berth in the eight-team NCCAA Nationals in Indiana.

NCCAA Central Regional Men's Tournament

There are seven men’s team competing. They are seeded as follows:

#1   Southern Nazarene University (Ok) (NCAA D II) (14-12 record)
#2   Colorado Christian University (NCAA D II) (15-12)
#3   Mid-America Christian University (Ok) (NAIA) (17-10)
#4   Dallas Baptist University (NCAA D II) (13-13)
#5   Oklahoma Christian University (NCAA D II) (10-16)
#6   Central Christian College (Ks) (NAIA) (17-14)
#7   Crowley’s Ridge College (Ark) (NCCAA) (Record NA)

Top seeded Southern Nazarene has a first round bye.

Three quarterfinals matches are set: Oklahoma Christian versus Dallas Baptist, MACU vs. Central Christian and Colorado Christian vs. Crowley’s Ridge.

The schedule could be effected if MACU qualifies for the NAIA Nationals. They are currently in the semi-finals at the SAC Conference Tournament.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

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