The UAFS women’s basketball team will look to climb back into the Heartland Conference playoff chase this weekend when it begins a two-game road trip to Oklahoma Panhandle State and Newman.
UAFS will play OPSU at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at Oscar Williams Fieldhouse in Goodwell, Okla. Live stats will be available at http://www.sidearmstats.com/opsu/wbball, and a webcast will be available at http://www.opsuaggies.com/showcase/. The Lady Lions will play Newman at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Fugate Gymnasium in Wichita, Kan. That game will be broadcast on KHGG-FM 103.1 and via the Internet at www.sportshog1031.com. Live stats and webcast will be available by visiting the Newman athletics website (www.newmanjets.com).
The Lady Lions (3-10, 3-4) are coming off a 59-55 home conference win against Oklahoma Christian on Jan. 2. It was 28th-year Lady Lions coach Louis Whorton’s 600th career win as a college coach.
UAFS is tied for fourth in the conference among teams eligible to compete for the regular-season title and one of the four spots in the conference tournament. St. Edward’s (10-1, 5-0) leads the conference, followed by St. Mary’s (11-2, 6-1), Texas A&M International (10-3, 6-1), Newman (7-7, 4-4) and UAFS.
The Lady Lions average 63.4 points per game with two players averaging double-figures in scoring - freshman forward Justyne Huber (11.4) and sophomore guard Chauntel Terry (11.4). UAFS allows 63.4 points and forces 19.2 turnovers per game sophomore guard Brittany Holbert leads the team with 32 steals, while sophomore center Blandine N’Goran leads the team with 15 blocked shots.
Opponents are out-rebounding the Lady Lions by almost three rebounds per game (43.4-41). Huber leads the team with 7.4 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma Panhandle State (0-13, 0-6) is coming off three consecutive road games, and it will be the Aggies first home game since Dec. 7. The Aggies are coming off a 68-48 conference loss at Newman on Saturday.
The Aggies average 54.8 points per game and have one player averaging double-figures in scoring - senior point guard Sarah Johnson (12.5). OPSU allows 84 points per game and forces 16.2 turnovers per game. Johnson leads the team with 20 steals, while senior center Sharice Papaleo leads the team with five blocked shots.
Opponents are out-rebounding the Aggies by almost eight rebounds per game (41.2-33.4). Papaleo leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game.
Newman will open its two-game conference homestand against Rogers State at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday night before hosting UAFS on Saturday. The Lady Jets will carry a two-game winning streak into their game against Rogers State and are coming off an 80-56 nonconference win against York College on Monday.
The Lady Jets average 70.2 points per game with two players averaging double-figures in scoring - sophomore guard/forward Alexandra Ciabattoni (19.1) and senior forward Shekeira Copeland (10.9). Newman allows 70.6 points per game and forces 17.2 turnovers per game. Ciabattoni leads the team with 24 steals and nine blocked shots.
Opponents out-rebound Newman by almost three rebounds per game (39.1-36.5). Ciabattoni leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game.