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Houston, Texas- January 5, 2016- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team started the second half of their season with a bang.  The Lady Lions (7-6) beat the University of St. Thomas-Houston (4-7), 65-51.

Head coach Tiffany Phillips is pleased with the way her team played after taking time off for Christmas, “Anytime you can come off of a long break and go on the road and win you take it. I was pleased with how we started the game. The first quarter we came out with great intensity.”

In the first quarter the Lady Lions jumped out to the early lead, making the score 21-9.  By halftime, the Celts had battled back enough to make the score 33-27.

The Lady Lions outscored UST in the third and fourth quarters enough to walk away with a convincing victory.

UST is currently ranked no. two in NAIA Division I in rebounds per game.  SAGU came out and out-rebounded the Celts 49-33.  Coach Phillips credits the hard work under the basket to her forwards, “We had some production from our post players that we have been missing. They did a great job on the boards tonight. We focused on keeping them off of the glass.”

SAGU was led by junior Charity Page who had 22 points and 12 rebounds.  Junior Laken Ward also had a double/double.  She scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds.  Ward also had three assists.  Senior Taylor Hill had 15 points and three steals.

UST’s Maghen Lormand led the Celts in scoring with 21 points.

On Thursday, January 7, 2016 SAGU will start Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) play back up when they play Southwestern Christian University. SCU is currently 4-8 overall and 1-1 in the SAC.  SAGU is 7-6 overall and 0-1 in the SAC.  Game time is at 6pm at Bethany, Oklahoma.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

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