WAXAHACHIE — Game one of the 2017-18 women's college basketball season could not have gone much better for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University Lady Lions basketball team.
SAGU got started on the right foot this season with a win against Dallas Christian College (DCC), 76-40.
The Lady Lions started off strong, scoring 12 points within the first two minutes of the first quarter but numerous turnovers helped keep the Lady Crusaders in the game.
SAGU was able to hold the Crusaders to only 17 points in the first half but struggled offensively. The Lady Lions defense forced 16 turnovers in the opening half.
Lady Lion head women's basketball coach Tiffany Phillips was happy with the effort on the defensive end of the floor.
“I am always excited to win games and was pleased with our defensive effort," Phillips said. "I thought our defensive rotations looked really good tonight and I was pleased with some of the adjustments we were able to make in the game.”
Offensively, Mckenzie Martin led the Lady Lions in scoring with 24 points, 12 of those coming off four made 3-pointers. Sophomore Lexi Rich followed with 13 points all coming in the second half for the Lady Lions. Sophomore Eva Atunuwa had eight points. Dotty Diggles and Ebony Colbert both had seven points for the Lady Lions. Taylor Sims led SAGU with nine assists, and Korede Ahmedu helped the Lady Lions on the boards, grabbing eight rebounds.
Coach Phillips knows that their team has work to do in order to become one of the top teams in the Sooner Athletic Conference and the NAIA.
“Dallas Christian showed us some of our weaknesses tonight," she said. "We will go back to work tomorrow to correct our mistakes. We believe that we can compete and in order to do that, we have to put two good halves of basketball together and play on both ends of the floor every night. We will get there.”
The Lady Lions will travel to San Antonio, Texas to compete against Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. OLLU is currently ranked No. 13 in the NAIA Preseason Top 25.