• Undefeated: New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana are the only undefeated teams left in Southland play. The Privateers defeated Lamar by 10 on Wednesday to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season. UNO then won in overtime at McNeese, 82-75, on Saturday to move to 4-0 in the league season. The Lions earned a 72-70 win at Abilene Christian on Saturday in the team’s lone game of the week.• Home/Road Sweeps: Every home team won in last Wednesday’s league contests as Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, New Orleans, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Abilene Christian each claimed a win. It was a completely different outcome in Saturday’s games as the six road teams walked away with a victory: Central Arkansas, Nicholls, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana.• Overtime Hours: Two of Saturday’s games needed overtime to determine a winner. League leader New Orleans went to overtime for the first time since the 2017 Southland Conference championship as the Privateers squeezed past McNeese 82-75. Central Arkansas and Lamar went to two overtimes before the Bears knocked off the Cardinals 100-91.• Triple Double: Central Arkansas freshman guard DeAndre Jones record a 13-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist triple double on Saturday to become the first Bear to record a triple double since Scottie Pippen (1987). It was Jones first career start and just the second triple double recorded in the Southland Conference this season; Braxton Bonds of HBU did so on Dec. 15. He is one of 14 players in the nation to tally a triple double this season.• Birthday Boy Nets Big Present: Celebrating his 22nd birthday this past Saturday, Central Arkansas senior guard Jordan Howard became the Southland career leader for three-point field goals made. He accomplished the feat during a double-overtime win at Lamar, passing McNeese’s Demond Mallet (1997-2001). Howard is currently ranked sixth nationally for scoring with 23.9 points per game.• Axe ‘Em: Stephen F. Austin leads the nation in turnovers forced, averaging 22.31 per game. The Lumberjacks also rank second in steals per game (11.8) and total steals (188) while also ranking third in turnover margin (6.3).Schedule:Wednesday, Jan. 10Abilene Christian at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.New Orleans at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.McNeese at Nicholls* – 7 p.m.UIW at Central Arkansas* – 7 p.m.Sam Houston State at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7 p.m. New Orleans (7-8, 4-0 SLC), the only team to start conference play with four-straight wins, puts its unbeaten record to the test at Stephen F. Austin (13-3, 2-1 SLC) tonight on ESPN3. The Lumberjacks had the best non-conference record heading into league action at 11-2 before dropping their conference opener at Southeastern Louisiana, 72-63. A Privateers win would make just the fourth time in program history that UNO begins league play 5-0 and the first time since 1992-93. The ‘Jacks are 9-0 at home this season and have the nation’s best home court record since the 2012-13 season, going 80-3 in that span. Nicholls (9-8, 3-1 SLC) begins a three-game home stretch Wednesday, hosting McNeese (5-9, 2-2 SLC). Roddy Peters dropped 24 points for the Colonels in their last outing at Houston Baptist on Saturday, giving the team their best start to Southland play since 2014. In conference games, the Cowboys have three players averaging 15.5 points or more with James Harvey leading the trio with 17.5 points per game. Houston Baptist (4-12, 0-3 SLC) will search for its first Southland win of the season when the Huskies host Abilene Christian (10-7, 2-2 SLC) tonight while UIW (5-8, 0-3 SLC) will try to accomplish the same feat at Central Arkansas (8-9, 2-2 SLC). HBU leads the nation in offensive rebounds per game, averaging 16.69 per game. The Wildcats’ junior forward Jaren Lewis ranks first in the Southland for field goal percentage (62.0 percent), which puts him at 22nd in the country. The Bears head into their game with UIW following a double-overtime victory at Lamar. Sam Houston State (8-8, 2-1 SLC) contests Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-9, 1-2 SLC) on the road. The Bearkats, who are second in the league in scoring offense for conference games, have reached the 70-point mark in each of their three league games. The Islanders’ Joseph Kilgore looks to bring his squad back to .500 in league play; the senior guard leads the team in scoring (17.1 points per game), rebounding (4.9), assists (2.2) and steals (1.7). The only other undefeated Southland team in league play is Southeastern Louisiana (9-7, 3-0 SLC). The Lions compete at Lamar (10-7, 2-2 SLC) this evening; the Cardinals are just one just one of three Southland teams with 10 or more wins this season. Southeastern is the most accurate three-point team in league action, shooting .424 from behind the arc in its opening three games. Additional storylines: Saturday, Jan. 13Central Arkansas at Nicholls*- 3 p.m.Abilene Christian at Northwestern State* – 3 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at New Orleans* – 4:15 p.m.McNeese at Southeastern Louisiana* – 5 p.m.UIW at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 6 p.m.Houston Baptist at Sam Houston State*- 6:15 p.m.* – Conference Game FRISCO, Texas – Week three of Southland Conference contests tips off Wednesday with 12 teams in action. All six games are scheduled for 7 p.m. CT starts.
FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Valentina Campos and Northwestern State’s Jasmyn Steels are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the week, the conference announced Wednesday. All Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Campos earned her first weekly honor of the season after notching a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter race for the Islanders over the weekend at the Texas Tech Shootout in Lubbock, Texas.Steels also cemented a first-place long jump finish for the Lady Demons at the UA Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The junior has captured the last two weekly honors and is the first repeat award winner among field competitors this season.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Valentina Campos, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – So. – Comfort, TexasThe sophomore added another strong performance in the long-distance events as the Islanders wrapped up their non-conference slate, notching another first-place finish in the 3,000-meter run. Campos crossed the line at 10:09.17, securing the Islander’s best finish in the 3,000-meter event this season.Honorable Mention: Gracie Hyde, Central Arkansas; Aleyah Donald, McNeese; 4×400-meter Relay Team, Stephen F. Austin; Megan Kirby, Abilene Christian; Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Jasmyn Steels, Northwestern State – Jr. – College Station, TexasSteels has taken first-place in every long jump event that she has competed in this season. Her mark of 20’ 9 ¼” on Friday improves her to seventh in the nation and first in the Southland Conference this season. She now stands second in the Northwestern State school record book, just 1 ¼ inches behind four-time All-American Stephanie Sowell.Honorable Mention: Lonnie Smith, Abilene Christian; Danielle Lorenz, New Orleans; Sarea Alexander, Incarnate Word.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
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