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Waxahachie, Texas – February 20, 2016 – The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball game against Texas Wesleyan University went into double overtime, but in the end, the Lady Lions walked away with a 68-61 win.  SAGU is now tied for fourth place in the Sooner Athletic Conference with a record of 9-7.  TWU is now 3-13 in the SAC.

The game did not start the way SAGU head coach Tiffany Phillips wanted it to, “I was proud of the fight our team showed tonight. Things definitely were not going our way for three quarters of basketball but we fought and fought and I think our defense finally come up big.”

As Phillips said, SAGU trailed for the vast majority of the game.  TWU came out strong from the get go and hit three free-throws before the end of the first quarter to go up 24-17.

The Lady Rams Falesha Fuller hit a three to begin the second quarter and extended their lead to 10.  At halftime, TWU was ahead 26-35.

The third quarter was more of the same. TWU was able to get an 18 point lead on the Lady Lions. Luckily, SAGU’s Taylor Hill hit a three pointer to end the fourth quarter, cutting the Lady Rams lead to 15 and giving SAGU the spark they needed going into the fourth.

“It seemed like we could not hit anything and then we started attacking more and things started falling and thankfully we were able to get out with a win,” says Phillips, “ It took 10 extra minutes but we will take it.”

In the fourth quarter, SAGU was able to hold TWU to only two points.  SAGU was able to come up with the 16 points needed to tie the game.

With 3:29 left to play, SAGU got an offensive rebound and Taylor Hill hit a three pointer to tie the game at 51.  The Lady Lions were able to quickly get the ball back after a steal by Charity Page.  Page made the basket and put SAGU up by two.  TWU’s Courtney Chargois made a shot with 1:36 left in regulation that would send the game into the first overtime.

The first overtime ended tied at 60. In the second overtime, SAGU was able to hold TWU to one point while Charity Page and Taylor Hill each scored four points.  At the end of two overtimes, SAGU won 68-61.&

SAGU was led by senior Taylor Hill who had 22 points.  Junior Charity Page had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

TWU’s Katelynn Threats and Falesha Fuller each had 15 points.

On Thursday, February 20, 2016, SAGU will travel to Wayland Baptist University .  WBU is currently ranked no. 13 in the NAIA and is first in the SAC with a 15-1 record and an overall record of 20-4.  Earlier in the season, SAGU lost to WBU 78-51.

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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