Two Top Teams Clash Wednesday as Week Five of Conference Play Begins

first_imgNot far off the leading pack are New Orleans (9-10, 5-3 SLC), McNeese (8-10, 4-3 SLC), and the Islanders. The Privateers take on Northwestern State (6-12, 1-6 SLC) at home tonight at 7 p.m. before traveling to UIW on Saturday at 11 a.m. After the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi clash with ACU tonight, the Islanders return home to host Houston Baptist (5-12, 1-6 SLC) on Saturday at 5 p.m. Clash at the Top: Another pair of top Southland teams meet again this week, with undefeated league leader Stephen F. Austin taking on defending champion Central Arkansas at home. The Ladyjacks (14-3, 6-0 SLC) continued their winning ways last week, downing then-undefeated Abilene Christian (12-6, 6-2 SLC) at home 66-55. The Wildcats aim to stop a two-game skid tonight against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (10-7, 3-3 SLC), having lost back-to-back matchups on the road at SFA and UCA. Unstoppable Force, Immovable Object: The Ladyjacks rank third in conference play with 72.5 points per game while the Sugar Bears allow just 45.0. Sharpshooting SFA tops the conference in free throw percentage (.795) and ranks second in field goal percentage (.433), while UCA holds Southland foes to just a .339 shooting percentage per game. Home or Away: Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas and McNeese have all posted perfect 3-0 conference away records this season. SFA, Lamar and New Orleans are 3-0 at home while Abilene Christian has rattled off five straight wins in the familiar confines of Moody Coliseum. Additional Storylines The Cowgirls continue a six-game road swing when they visit Lamar on Saturday at 2 p.m. McNeese is 3-0 on the road in conference play this season.center_img 2017 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 12 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – The top teams in the Southland standings are getting multiple chances at each other early on in the conference season. After this week’s action is said and done, Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas and Abilene Christian will all have played each other once. Lamar (11-6, 6-1 SLC) – now in third place on a three-game win streak – takes on Nicholls and McNeese this week. Wednesday, Jan. 24Houston Baptist at UIW* – 6 p.m.Lamar at Nicholls* – 6 p.m.Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin* – 7 p.m. (ESPN3)Northwestern State at New Orleans* – 7 p.m.Sam Houston State at Southeastern Louisiana* – 7 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Abilene Christian* – 7 p.m. The Sugar Bears (14-5, 7-1 SLC) face off with Stephen F. Austin tonight in Nacogdoches on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. CT. The matchup pits one of the league’s best shooting and scoring teams against the trademark defense of UCA. This Week’s Matchups Saturday, Jan. 27New Orleans at UIW* – 11 a.m.Central Arkansas at Northwestern State* – 1 p.m.McNeese at Lamar* – 2 p.m. (ESPN3)Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin* – 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3)Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls* – 4 p.m. (ESPN3)Houston Baptist at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 5 p.m. * Southland Conference gamelast_img