Article courtesy of SAGU SID, Mark "Link" Warde
WAXAHACHIE, TEXAS (March 5, 2012) -- The finals of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) basketball tournament are tonight at the Sheaffer Center on the campus of Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie.
For the first time ever, both OLLU women's and men's basketball teams have qualified for the finals. The games will be broadcast by SAGU SPORTS Live in HD production. The Waxahachie Chicken Express is sponsoring the venue. The women's contest starts at 5 p.m., followed by the men's game at approximately at 7:30 p.m.
The pre-game show will commence about 4:45-50 p.m. Fans can access the free livestream on computers, iPhones or hand-held devices by going to www.sagu.edu and clicking on the Watch SAGUtv button.
Clay Scarborough is the host and will handle play-by-play responsibilities. Tim Roberts supplies color commentary. There will also be courtside interviews.
Fans also can log onto live stats for a creative version of the live accounts of the game. Team and player statistics are posted in real-time adjacent to the scoreboard.
Josh Lacy, the Sports Information Director at Texas Wesleyan University, will be at the keyboard providing this free service at the following links:
The women's game will pit the No. 4 seeded Our Lady of the Lake University (25-7) against the No. 2 seed Louisiana State University -- Shreveport (25-7). The winner will qualify for a berth in next week's NAIA national tournament in Frankfort, Ky.
The nationally ranked Lady Pilots swept the regular season series, taking the first game in San Antonio by a 71-54 score. The rematch on the Red River saw the Riverboat Pilots cruise to an 85-71 triumph.
OLLU pulled the tourney's lone upset when it knocked off No. 1 Langston University, 88-80, on Saturday. The Lady Saints, who have won 9-of-their-last-11 games, defeated Wiley College (20-10), 79-65, in the quarterfinals.
By virtue of winning the regular season crown, their fifth in a row, Langston (29-3), No. 9 in the NAIA Coaches Poll, had already clinched a bid in the NAIA's 32-team tourney.
LSU-Shreveport got the finals with a pair of impressive, methodical wins over Texas College (11-19) and Texas Wesleyan University (25-7). They whipped the Lady Steers 86-60 and the Lady Rams in a 67-54 verdict.
The nightcap is a clash of the same schools in No. 1 seed Our Lady of the Lake (26-6) and No. 2 LSU-Shreveport (24-7). The Saints are ranked No. 7 in the most recent NAIA Coaches Poll; LSUS is No. 14.
This will be the rubber match as the teams split two regular season confrontations. The home team won each game; the Saints in San Antonio by a 112-94 score, while LSUS got the equalizer at The Dock, 83-74.
The series is tied at 3-3. OLLU became a nemesis to the Pilots' after their first two encounters. Three years ago they administered the Pilots' first defeat of the season after nine straight wins. The following campaign, the Pilots were charging along at 16-0 before the Saints sunk them again.
OLLU got to the championship by beating Jarvis Christian College (9-21), 108-98, then outlasting Southwestern Assemblies of God University (23-9), 112-109.
The nation's highest scoring (99.7 ppg) team is 16-0 when they eclipse the century mark.
LSUS enters the game having won six straight conference tournament crowns; last year's RRAC and their last five in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. The Aquatic Navigators know something about finding north on a compass.
They eliminated Texas College (17-14), 75-72, in dramatic fashion, winning on a buzzer-beating triple. On Saturday they staved off a maddening Texas Wesleyan (25-7) comeback, 84-77.
Both teams have punched their ticket for Kansas City, site of the NAIA's 75th national tournament.
The RRAC will announce their 2011-2012 All-Conference teams during tonight's games. Following each final, during the net-cutting ceremonies, the All-Tournament team will also be unveiled in a vote of conference Sports Information Directors.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant