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Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball John Brown University

On Monday against University of Science & Arts-Oklahoma , SAGU blew a first-half lead to ultimately lose to the Lady Drovers 72-52.  Head coach Tiffany Phillips said her seniors took that loss hard and called a team meeting before practice on Tuesday, “Since then the tone was just different and their work ethic and attitude was better than it’s been all year.  They wanted this tonight and they played like they wanted it tonight.”

Despite the lead being small, SAGU was ahead for the entire first half.  At halftime, SAGU was up 21-19.

It was the tale of two halves.  In the first half, SAGU was one for eight from the three point line, shooting 13%.  Inside the arc, the Lady Lions were seven for 25 at 28%.  After halftime it was a totally different story.  In the second half, SAGU went six for 11 behind the arc for 55%.  From the field they shot for 35%.

“They fought through some adversity and hit big shots down the stretch when we had not been hitting those shots,” explains Phillips, “I told our shooters that we believe in them and know it’s going to go in the next time and they started to fall.”

With 6:16 left in the game, JBU took the one point lead at 39-38.  SAGU’s Laken Ward came up huge, hitting two three pointers in a row to make the score 44-39.  Ward’s spark set off Lexi Rich , who followed up with two three pointers on her own.  SAGU was able to go on a 12-0 run in less than three minutes.

Senior Charity Page scored 13 points, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocks. Lexi Rich scored 12 points and had seven rebounds. Laken Ward added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Up next, the Lady Lions host Bacone College on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 3pm.  BC is currently 3-8.

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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