The SAGU Lady Lions continued their swing through the first half of the Red River Conference schedule on Saturday night in the Full Life Center with a tilt against the Texas Wesleyan Lady Rams.†
SAGU topped the visiting Lady Rams, 52-46.
After taking a three point lead six minutes into the game, the Lady Lions then found themselves down 11-8 with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.† Then on a 10-2 run, the Lady Lions moved in front by eight points on a Rachel Harris three-pointer and led 12-13 with 3:27 left in the half.† SAGU eventually would hold a nine-point lead and take a 22-16 advantage into the locker at the half.††
Five minutes into the second half, the Lady Lions opened up a ten-point lead over the Lady Rams, 32-22.† Then with nine minutes left, Texas Wesleyan had closed the game to one point, 38-37.†† The Lady Lions would have none of it, rallying off 11 straight points and grabbing a 12-point lead (49-37) with five minutes left in the game.†
The Lady Rams would never move with-in five points of the Lady Lions the rest of the way and SAGU grabbed another conference win 52-46.
With 13 points, Heather Jefferson was the SAGU scoring leader.† She was followed closely by Nicole Linen with 12 points and Chelsea Jones with 10 points.†† Linen hit double-double territory with 13 rebounds.††
Next up for the now 6-1 in conference SAGU Lady Lions will be a Monday night contest in Hobbs, MN against the newest Red River Conference team, the University of the Southwest Lady Mustangs.††
SAGU men fall to Wesleyan, 80-75
The SAGU Menís Basketball team faced their third opponent of the week in the person of the Texas Wesleyan Rams on Saturday night in the Full Life Center.
With a 1-5 conference record, the Lions were going to have to take down the Rams who owned a 4-2 conference record and No. 18 national ranking in the NAIA.
The first half was not an indication of the current record of either team.† The Lions grabbed an early lead, was tied once, and held the led the rest of the half over the nationally ranked Rams.† The Lions would lead by as many as 13 points and hang on to a 41-35 lead at halftime.
†With 2:10 remaining in the game, the Lions found themselves down 72-64.†† Al Thompson on a two-point jumper cut the Rams lead to four-points with 1:15 left.†† However for the Lions, this was as close as they would come to toppling the nationally ranked Rams.†† Texas Wesleyan rallied back over SAGU to win 80-75.††
For the game, the Lions converted 46 percent of their free throws while Texas Wesleyan converted 79 percent of their shots from the free throw line.†††
Al Thompson was the SAGU scoring leader with 16 points.†† Chris Valliere and Jeremy Bowman each scored double-digit points with 14 and 10, respectively.† Bowman was the team leader in rebounds with six.††
SAGU plays tonight in New Mexico.