The SFA Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks basketball teams are set to face the Sam Houston State University Bearkats this week to close the season before the Southland Conference tournament in March.
The Ladyjacks plan to take on the Sam Houston, Bearkats at 2 p.m. on Saturday in William R. Johnson Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
In the Southland Conference, the Ladyjacks remain in first with a 15-3 SLC record along with an overall season record of 22- 5.
SHSU is ranked third in the SLC with a 14-4 record. Their overall season record is 19-8.
“The battle and rivalry with Sam Houston is intense and passionate for both our players and the fans,” said SFA head women’s basketball coach Mark Kellogg. “Both teams are having really good seasons; and most likely, there will be a lot on the line for this game. We need to create a tremendous home court advantage on Saturday afternoon.”
On Saturday, the Ladyjacks will face sophomore forward Amber Leggett from Navarre, Florida. Leggett has the highest scoring average at 15.6 points per game. She also has a .458 field-goal percentage, which is the fourth highest field-goal percentage for the Bearkats. In steals, Leggett has a total of 77 this season, along with 22 blocks. Senior guard Jaylonn Walker from Calvert has the second highest scoring average of 13.5 points. Walker has a .408 field-goal percentage this season. Leading the Bearkats in assists is senior guard Jenniffer Oramas from Pembroke Pines, Florida. Oramas has a total of 88 assists this season.
Sam Houston will play the Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi Islanders on Wednesday.
Since it is the last scheduled game of the season, the Lumberjacks plan to honor their senior players. The SFA Ladyjacks will recognize seniors Riley Harvey and Kennedy Harris.
Before their matchup against the Bearkats, the Ladyjacks play the Abilene Christian University, or ACU, Wildcats on Tuesday.
The Lumberjacks prepare to face the Bearkats at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday in William R. Johnson Coliseum. Fans can watch the game live on ESPN 3. The game will be broadcast on the radio station Q107.7.
In the SLC, the Lumberjacks have a 17-1 record, along with a 26-3 overall record. The Bearkats are ranked fourth in the SLC with a conference record of 11-7. The Bearkats have an 18-11 overall season record.
“We are always excited to represent SFA versus one of our oldest rivals, Sam Houston,” said Kyle Keller, SFA head men’s basketball coach. “Regardless of each team’s records, when both teams in any sport play, it is an intense battle. We really look forward to the challenge.”
While playing on Saturday, the Lumberjacks will encounter SHSU’s sophomore guard Zach Nutall from Bryan. Nutall holds the Bearkats’ highest scoring average of 15.5 points. Behind him, senior forward/ center Kai Mitchell from Haverstraw, New York has a scoring average of 14.5 and SHSU’s highest field-goal percentage of .558. Leading in assists is senior guard Chad Bowie from Houston who has 73 assists this season. Bowie also has 60 steals this season, which is the highest number of steals for SHSU’s men’s basketball team.
Before playing the Lumberjacks, the Bearkats will play against the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders on Wednesday. Before taking on Sam Houston, the Lumberjacks played against the ACU Wildcats on Tuesday.
During the game on Saturday, the SFA men’s basketball team plan to recognize seniors Nathan Bain, John Comeaux and Kevon Harris.