Women's basketball preview
Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 16, 2010) — The Lady Golden Eagles return to SAC action this week beginning with Lubbock Christian (Texas) and Wayland Baptist (Texas) both at home. They’ll take on LCU on Thursday night at 6 p.m. and look to tip off against WBU on Saturday at 1 p.m.
ABOUT THE LADY GOLDEN EAGLES: After losing to St. Gregory’s (Okla.) and Oklahoma Baptist last week, JBU enters this week with an 8-18 overall record and 4-14 record in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Ashley Taylor had her team high scoring averaging drop to 12.2 ppg after scoring only four points against the fourth-ranked Lady Bison last Saturday. JBU, however, got strong performances from 6-2 sophomore post Chelsea Garrison of Springdale, Ark. and 6-0 redshirt-sophomore Staffica Bain of Nassau, Bahamas.
Earlier in the year, JBU loss both road games to WBU and LCU 66-62 and 75-61 respectively. While sitting at the 11th spot in the conference rankings, the women need to win both games this week in order to put themselves in a position to get that 8th and final spot in the SAC tournament.
JBU also hopes to see the return of freshman guard Jessica Berlin to the lineup. Berlin has been sidelined with a strained achilles tendon for the past three games. Berlin is the team’s second leading scorer at 10.9 ppg and also leads the team in three-pointers made on the season with 54.
ABOUT THE LCU LADY CHAPS: The Lady Chaps are ranked 20th in the NAIA after knocking off Science & Arts of Okla. and Southern Nazarene (Okla.) last week. LCU is led by Brittany Hampton, 5-7 sophomore guard from Canyon, Texas, with 11.8 ppg. As a team, LCU is number one in the country in team free-throw percentage (77%), and they are number seven in team field goal percentage (46%). Hampton in second in the nation in individual free-throw percentage (88.8%) followed by teammate Severyn Smith who is third (88.2%). They currently stand at 17-7 overall and are third in the SAC with a 12-6 conference record.
ABOUT THE WBU FLYING QUEENS: The Flying Queens snuck back into the NAIA’s Top 25 at number 25 after defeating both Southern Nazarene and Science & Arts of Okla. last week. Erika Raymond, a 5-11 forward from Plainview, Texas, leads WBU with 11.5 ppg, and senior Shamon Doss, a 5-11 post player from Silsbee, Texas, leads in the rebound column with 8.2 rpg. Jessica Walker, a 5-8 senior guard from Bryan, Texas, is sixth in the country in total steals (77) and eighth in total steals per game (3.1). WBU is currently fourth in the SAC with an 11-7 record and are 16-9 overall.
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