New No. 1 in Women’s Basketball as Week 14 Begins Tonight

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – After a pair of convincing top-tier wins last week, Lamar (15-6, 10-1 SLC) now holds sole possession of first place in the conference standings heading into tonight’s matchups. The Cardinals came out on top against Abilene Christian 77-71 last Wednesday before downing then-undefeated Stephen F. Austin 79-65 on Saturday.Lamar hosts Northwestern State (7-15, 2-9 SLC) tonight at 7 p.m. CT and squares off against Sam Houston State (4-16, 1-10 SLC) on the road Saturday at 3 p.m. Both matchups will broadcast on ESPN3.The Ladyjacks (17-4, 9-1 SLC) also have one loss with a game in hand behind Lamar. They host McNeese (10-11, 6-4 SLC) and Northwestern State this week.Central Arkansas (15-7, 8-3 SLC) and Abilene Christian (14-7, 8-3 SLC) are also in striking distance of the top two teams, both tied for third place in the Southland standings.The Sugar Bears are aiming to right the ship after dropping three of their last five matchups. They host Houston Baptist (6-14, 2-8 SLC) tonight at 7 p.m. in their lone game of the week.The Wildcats have also lost three of five and face Nicholls (9-12, 4-6 SLC) on the road tonight at 6 p.m. before hosting UIW (3-18, 2-8 SLC) on Saturday at 6 p.m. This Week’s Matchups Additional Storylines Cardinal Climb: After Lamar’s two wins to ascend to the top of the Southland leaderboard, the team also staked the highest RPI ranking of any Southland team at No. 103.Weekly Winners: Lamar has now won three straight Southland Conference Player of the Week awards with three different players, most recently with graduate post player Kiandra Bowers. The West Palm Beach, Fla., native registered back-to-back double doubles in last week’s pivotal wins over ACU and SFA.Wright Stuff: Abilene Christian sophomore Breanna Wright sank a career single-game high eight three-pointers in the Wildcats’ 77-71 loss to the Cardinals, including six in the first half.Lions’ Upset: Southeastern Louisiana took the two-time defending Southland champion Central Arkansas to double overtime, winning 78-70 last Saturday. It was the Lady Lions’ first win against the Sugar Bears since the 2012-13 season. Wednesday, Feb. 7 Abilene Christian at Nicholls* – 6 p.m.Houston Baptist at Central Arkansas* – 7 p.m.UIW at Southeastern La.* – 7 p.m.McNeese at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.Northwestern State at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.Sam Houston State at A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 10 Houston Baptist at Nicholls* – 1 p.m.Southeastern La. at McNeese* – 1 p.m.UIW at Abilene Christian* – 2 p.m.New Orleans at A&M-Corpus Christi* (ESPN3) – 2 p.m.Lamar at Sam Houston State* (ESPN3) – 3 p.m.Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 3:30 p.m.* Southland Conference gamelast_img read more