Lady Lions lose 51-49
The SAGU womenís basketball Lady Lions began their quest through the Red River Conference on Saturday night in the Full Life Center against the Paul Quinn College Lady Tigers. The Lady Lions were hoping to rebound off a 66-68 loss to Mid-America Christian on Tuesday night on the road.
The Lady Tigers came out of the cage early and jumped out to an 11-2 lead over SAGU just five minutes into the game.
Over the next nine minutes, the Lady Lions would keep scratching to get back into the game.
Three times SAGU would get as close as four points from tying the game. The last of these attempts came with 5:47 remaining in the half as the Lady Lions looked up at a 22-18 score when Nicole Linen hit the front side of a bonus free throw.
Paul Quinn quickly moved the lead back out to ten points and then cradled a 28-21 at half.
In the second half, the Lady Lions set the tone and the picture for the last half of the game as SAGU scored the first five points and trailed 28-26.
With 15:38 on the clock, Paul Quinn rebuilt an eight point lead, 38-30. After chipping away at the lead, SAGU then would have three straight possessions where they would trail by two points.
Finally with 9:18 left, Chelsea Jones hit a two-pointer and was fouled. After the three point play, SAGU led 41-40.
SAGU's biggest lead came with 5:41 left on a Heather Jefferson two pointer and with a 46-43 score, the Lady Lions began to try to hold the lead.
The Lady Tigers warmed back up and then went on a 9-1 rally, and with 2:47 remaining in the game, SAGU trailed 51-47.
On its next possession, Nicole Linen made her fourth jumper of the night and moved SAGU within two points.
The Lady Lions would have three more chances to score, down by two points, but none of the shots would fall and for the third time this season, SAGU lost by two or less points.
The young team, that is on the brink of a breakthrough for the second time this week, finishes two points behind on the scoreboard and with one loss in conference play.
Heather Jefferson led SAGU with 13 points while Chelsea Jones and Nicole Linen scored 10 points. Linen was also the rebounding leader with eight boards.
Next up for the Lady Lions will be a Wednesday game at Texas State College.
Lions lose 101-70
The SAGU menís basketball Lions opened their conference schedule on Saturday night in the Full Life Center with a game against geographic rival, Paul Quinn College. SAGU was looking to stop their longest losing skid of the season at two games.
The first half opened with SAGU jumping out to a five point lead when Gerren Hamilton hit a two pointer to put SAGU at the five point mark.
Then Paul Quinn went on a run of their own that would dominate the rest of the half. The Tigers ran off 23 points in a row and with about 13 minutes left to go in the half, the Lions trailed by 18 points.
The Tigers would then continue to build their lead into the twenties and at the half, SAGU trailed 47-21.
In the second half, the Lions would have to chip away at the lead the Tiger built. SAGU opened the second half by sprinting out to a 9-4 run, cutting the score to 51-30. Twice SAGU would cut the Tiger lead to 16 points and the second time this happened was with 10:02 remaining in the game (71-55). To this point in the half, SAGU was outscoring Paul Quinn 34-24.
Then the Tigers would again show their shooting stripes. Over the last half of the second half, Paul Quinn scored 30 points to the Lions 15. The Tigers handed the Lions their first conference loss of the season by a 101-70 score.
Despite the loss, four Lions hit double-digits in points. Matt Daniels led the parade with 16 points. Gerren Hamilton and Jakes Sones each scored 14 and Daniel Pease had 11. Sones was the rebound leader with five.
Tuesday night in the Full Life Center, the Lions will get a chance to get back to the .500 mark on the season with a contest against Oklahoma Wesleyan at tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.