Ladyjacks, Lumberjacks set for clash with HBU, Lamar

Both the Ladyjacks and Lumberjacks will turn their attention to the Houston Baptist Huskies and the Lamar Cardinals, as they look to improve in the Southland Conference standings.

Ladyjacks

The Ladyjacks stand alongside Lamar as the only two undefeated teams in the Southland Conference standings. At 8-0, the Ladyjacks have asserted themselves as a force in the conference by winning six of their eight games by double digits.

The Ladyjacks are coming off a 78-68 win over rival Sam Houston on Saturday. In the game, Imani Johnson added a double-double to her tally with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Chanell Hayes also added 21 points to the score sheet.

The Ladyjacks will look to remain perfect when they face off against Houston Baptist on Wednesday in the friendly confines of William R. Johnson Coliseum.

HBU currently stands at No. 11 in the SLC standings with a 7-12 overall and 2-7 conference record. This, in part, is due to the -0.5 scoring margin. HBU scores 68.4 points per game and allows 68.9 points per game.

The Lady Huskies boast a duo that averages double digits in scoring. Amanda Johnson and Megan Valdez-Crader score 13.1 and 10.9 points per game, respectively. Takara Wade ranks seventh in the SLC in assists with 3.4 per game, and Veronika Kirienko ranks sixth in the SLC with 1.2 blocks per game.

The Ladyjacks will shift gears and take on fellow frontrunners the Lamar Cardinals in a seemingly bitter rivalry as of late. Last year, LU beat SFA in both meetings, breaking their undefeated record in William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Lamar seemingly scores at will every time the team steps on the court with 78.9 points per game and allows only 62.1 points per game — a 16.8 scoring margin. Moe Kinard has proven to be an elite scorer in the SLC, ranking second in the conference with 19.3 pages per game. Following Kinard are Miya Crump and Chastadie Barrs, who rank fifth and sixth in the conference in scoring with 15.4 and 15.1 points per game, respectively.

Barrs is also the conference’s top passer, averaging 6 apg, and has established herself as a talented rebounder by ranking fifth in the conference with 7.1 rpg.

Lumberjacks

The Lumberjacks are coming off a 72-94 loss at the hands of conference frontrunner SHSU Bearkats on Saturday. The loss is their fourth conference loss of the season, putting their record at 4-4 in conference play and tied for sixth in the SLC standings.

The Jacks will travel to Houston and take on No. 12 ranked HBU, who have a 7-13 overall record and a 3-6 conference record. However, HBU is coming off a 73-72 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday.

The Huskies average 79.7 ppg., the largest average in the SLC. However, the Huskies struggle defensively, giving up a staggering 81.8 ppg., the worst in the league. The majority of the scoring for the Huskies comes from Ian Dubose and Edward Hardt who average 17.9 and 12.1 ppg., respectively.

The battle between DuBose and Shannon Bogues proves to be a mouthwatering prospect, as both sit No.1 and 2 of the SLC leaderboards in scoring.

Defensively, HBU boasts the league-leader in steals with Braxton Bonds. Bonds, the nephew of MLB all-time home run leader and seven- time all-star Barry Bonds, has accumulated 47 steals in the season and averages 2.4 steals per game.

SFA will take on Lamar on Saturday in Nacogdoches. Just like in the women’s division, Lamar had the upper hand in both meetings in the 2017-18 season.

Lamar sits ninth in the SLC with a conference record of 3-5, and are the second- best scoring team in SLC play with 78.6 ppg., behind the aforementioned HBU Huskies. Lamar also ranks sixth in the conference in allowed points per game with 70.5 ppg; posting an 8.1 scoring margin.

Once again, the Jacks will have to compete against a top- five-scorer in the conference. Lamar’s Josh Nzeakor ranks fifth on the conference’s scoring leaderboards with 16.1 ppg 

and is the most efficient scorer, boasting a .629 shooting percentage. Nzeakor has also proven himself as an elite rebounder with 8.3 rpg.

Lamar’s Nick Garth ranks among the best three-point marksmen, sitting third in the conference with a .372 percentage from behind the arc and averages 2.5 three’s per game.

The Ladyjacks will play HBU at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Lamar at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be at William R. Johnson Coliseum and can be streamed on ESPN+ and ESPN3.

The Lumberjacks will play HBU at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Houston, and Lamar at 4:30 p.m. in William R. Johnson Coliseum. The HBU matchup can be streamed on YouTube, and the Lamar matchup can be streamed on ESPN3.

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