Coming into this marquee matchup both teams remain unbeaten in the Sooner Athletic Conference as the Mid-America Christian Evangels (7-2, 2-0 SAC) head down to Chickasha, Oklahoma to take on the USAO Drovers (7-3, 2-0 SAC). The standing currently stand with the Evangels in 3rd and the Drovers locked in at the 4th spot.
The Evangels offense averages 82 points per game coming into this contest but the eye catching stat is the rebounding ability. Mid-America comes into this game ranked 2nd in offensive rebounding with 19 rebounds per game. The Evangels also rank 4th in the country in total rebounds per game as they are grabbing 48 per game. The defense for Mid-America allows just 65 points per game as they are holding opponents to 38% shooting from the floor on the season.
The Drovers offense has put up 78 points per game and are ranked 16th in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 44% from the floor. The Defense for the Drovers has been the major key to the success to this team as they rank 2nd in blocked shots with 6 per game. The USAO defense has been very solid all year long as they have forced opponents to 33% from the floor to put them 9th in the country. Ball security has been another piece to the puzzle for the Drovers as they have been only turning the ball over 12 times compared the 19 they have been forcing per contest.
Friday’s matchup is set for a 6:00 p.m. CT tip at Drover Fieldhouse in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
What To Know About USAO:
The Drovers are led by Reyna Ammons, Milagros Carrera and Khady Sene. Ammons, (5-6 Senior) is currently leading the team in scoring with 19 points per game. She also leads the team in steals. Ammons is ranked 8th in the nation in steals with 4 per game. Carrera, (5-9 Freshman) is putting up 14 and has added 4 rebounds per game for the Drovers. The Freshman is shooting an impressive 50% from the floor that ranks her 26th in the country. Sene, (6-3 Senior) has had an impressive start to her Senior campaign as she is averaging 8 points per game and has been dominating the board with 10 rebounds per game. Sene has been a huge part to the USAO defense, picking up 3 blocks per contest.
Senior Guard Reyna Ammons said “Coming out we need to have the right mindset and come out strong to begin with, lately we been having flat starts. we need to continue to be solid on the defensive end but also on the offensive. We need to execute our plays and secure all rebounds on both ends of the court through all 5 players. Also, if everyone does the little things; communicating, being selfless, and hustling, we will be one hard team to beat tomorrow.“
The Drovers are coached by Darrick Matthews, who is in his 5th year with USAO. Assistant coaches are Sirena Matthews and Olivia Chapman.
What To Know About Mid-America:
The Evangels are led by Alexis Shannon, Lexi Hernandez and Loralei Siliga. Shannon, (5-11 Senior) has been dominate so far in the season averaging 19 points and 7 rebounds for Mid-America. Shannon ranks 7th in the nation in points per game. Shannon has been In command down low and she has proven she can shoot it from behind the arc, shooting 14-30 on the year. Hernandez, (5-6 Junior) is currently averaging 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game for Mid-America. She also averaging 3 steals per game which ranks her 27th in the nation. Siliga, (5-11 Senior) has averaged 11 points and 7 rebound per game. Siliga ranks 7th with an impressive 62% field goal percentage from the floor so far this season.
Senior Forward Alexis Shannon said “We are excited for tomorrows game. It’s going to be two really good basketball teams going head to head. With similar records, I think both us and USAO are going to bring all we have on the court tomorrow. It should be a fun game to play in and to watch.“
Mid-America is coached by Hannah Moeller, who is her 4th season with the Evangels. Assistant coaches are Kelsie Dutton and Logan Martin.
Dating back to 2006, these two teams have faced off 27 times and the Evangels own the series with a 15-12 record.
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The Mid-America Christian Evangels presently comes into this contest being one of the seven teams without a loss early in the 2019-20 season. The Evangels (10-0, 2-0 SAC) head to Chickasha, Oklahoma to take on the USAO Drovers (6-5, 1-1 SAC) in a early season showcase matchup. Mid-American currently sits at 2nd in the Sooner Athletic Conference and ranked 3rd in the nation. USAO presently sits at 8th in the conference standing.
The Evangels offense has been one of the better offense in the country as they are scoring 95 points per game and are ranked 5 in field goal percentage 52.7% on the season. The defense has also been very impressive as they are only allowing 72 points per game and ranked 6th in defensive field goal percent at 38% early in the season.
The Drovers offense is currently averaging 91 points per game and find majority of their points from behind the 3-point line as they are 4th in made 3’s per game with 12.3 per contest. The USAO offense has cashed in on a total of 123 three-pointers on the season to put them ranked 7th in the nation. The Drovers are allowing 86 points per contest and are looking to seek improvement on the defensive end.
Friday’s matchup is slated for a 7:45 p.m. CT tip at Drover Fieldhouse in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
What To Know About USAO:
The Drovers have been led by Stephon Hall, Colen Gaynor and Cameron Hines. Hall, (6-0 Sophomore) is averaging a solid 17 points per game which leads the team. Hall has been sharing the ball well averaging 5 assists per contest and 4 rebounds for the Drovers. Gaynor, (6-5 Junior) is currently averaging 15 points per game and 7 rebound to help out the Drovers. Gaynor looks to continue good play as he is coming off a really good performance against Bacone where he scored 24 points and picked up 5 rebounds. Hines (5-10 junior) is putting up 14 points per game for the Drovers and is currently shooting 43 % from behind the arc for USAO.
The Drovers are coached by Chris Francis, who is in his 5th year with USAO. Assistant coaches are Chisum Lane and James Davis.
What To Know About Mid-America:
The Evangels have been led by Cedric Wright, Ashford Golden and Terrance Jones. Wright the 6-7 Redshirt Senior has brought Havoc scoring 18 points points per game to lead the team. Wright has been big down low in the post as he leads his team in rebound with 6.4 per game. Golden the 6-6 Senior is scoring 15 points per game and is looking to continue his great play after a 26 point performance in his last outing. Golden was also named the Sooner Athletic Conference player of the week last week for the Evangels. Jones the 6-5 Junior has been a huge piece off the bench for Mid-America as he is averaging 12 points and adds 5 rebounds per contest to add to a team full of weapons.
Mid-America is coached by Josh Gamblin, who is in his 5th season for the Evangels. Assistant coaches are Anthony Nero, Bob Battisti and Cade Upshaw.
Redshirt Senior Forward Cedric Wright said “Thoughts coming into Friday’s game is . We know despite USAO record that they are still a really great team and that if we come out unprepared that this can be there start up . So we are locked in and ready to try are best to match there intensity and get a good win before the break against a really good ball club.”
Dating back to 2008, these two teams have battled 26 times and Mid-America lead the series 15-11.
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Central Christian College:
USAO VS Central Christian
This series is set to be played March 16 and March 17, it will be played at Central Christian. The USAO Drovers (10) come into this series, with a very respectable 17-3 record. The Central Christian Tigers, will come into this series with a record of 4-24. The Tigers are coming off a huge 6-5 win over the Oklahoma City Stars, on Monday.
On the offensive side the Tigers are led by, Shomari Cann. He is hitting .366 with 4 home runs, and 14 RBI’s. The Tigers are getting outscored 294-95 on the season. The Tigers pitching staff is carried by Cameron Bonds, he has thrown 19 2/3 innings and is 2-0 with a 10.07 ERA. Bonds wins have come against Southwestern Christian and Oklahoma City. The Tigers have a combined .230 batting average, as they are allowing a .351 batting average.
The Drovers are on top of the Sooner Athletic Conference, as they have a 17-3 record and are 5-1 in the SAC. They are coming of a loss to SWOSU, where they would be defeated 8-5. The Drovers bats, just continue to stay hot, as they are led by P.J. Garcia. He is hitting ..476 with 5 home runs, and has 23 RBI’s. Another notable bat for USAO is Greg Barnette, as he is hitting .429 with 3 home runs, and 20 RBI’s. The bullpen is led by Angel Reyes, as he has a 2.50 ERA and is 2-0 on the season. Reyes is holding oppenents to a .152 batting average. This starting pitching staff, is very strong with a combine 3.33 ERA. They are led by two Seniors, Jose Hidalgo and Francis Ventura. Hidalgo is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA, and oppenents are hitting .190 against him. Ventura is currently 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA, he has kept the ball inside the ballpark as he has allowed 0 home runs on the season.
March 16– 6:00 P.M.
March 17- 1 & 3 P.M.
USAO Head Coach Mike Ross said “We haven’t been on the road in awhile so that will be a challenge. CC had a big win this week so they are playing good. We have to be ready to play and not take anything for granted”
Wayland Baptist Vs Southwestern Christian (Okla.)
This series is set to begin on March and finish up on March 17, this series will be played at Wayland Baptist in Plainview, Texas. The Wayland Baptist Pioneers (18), come into this series with a 17-7 record. They are coming off a 10-7 victory, over Our Lady Of The Lakes University. The Southwestern Christian Eagles, come into this series with a 16-7 recond. They are coming off a 15-9 win over Tabor, and last weekend they swept Oklahoma Panhandle State.
The Eagles offense ranks 8th in runs scored per game, with 9 runs per game. The pitching staff is also hold oppenents to a low .215 batting average. The offense is led by Slayton Vaughan, as he is hitting .405 and has hit 4 home runs. He is also has a .494 on base percentage, which is the best on the team. The bullpen, is carried by Shelby Sherrill. He has thrown 18 1/3 innings, has still yet to give up a run. Sherrill is also 2-0 on the season, including wins over Southwestern and Tabor. The pitching staff is carried by Victor Del Carmen and Juan Carlos Gonzalez. Carmen is 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA, and Gonzalez is also 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA.
The Pioneers offense, is ranked 4th in home runs per game with 1.33. This Wayland Baptist offense is explosive at times, and they are led by Gregg Veneklasen. He is hitting .390, 6 doubles, and has 11 home runs which is 1st in the NAIA. Another key to this offense, is Nick Rucker. He is hitting .371 with 8 doubles, and 4 home runs. This bullpen is led by Jonathan Frost, as is 3-1 with a team best 2.04 ERA. He is also holding oppenents to a .239 batting average. The pitching staff is led by Kevin Torres, he is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA. Torres has thrown 34 innings, and has thrown 2 complete games.
March 16- 4 & 7 P.M.
March 17- 1:00 P.M.
Texas Weslayan Vs Southwestern Assemblies of God University
This series is set to begin on March 16 and rap up on March 17, they will be playing one game on the 16th at Texas Wesleyan and two game on the 17th at SAGU. The Texas Wesleyan Rams (18), are coming into this series with a 14-7 record. The Rams are coming off a 13-4 Win against LSU Alexandria. The SAGU Lions are 8-17, and are 1-11 in conference play. The Lions are coming off a 9-5 loss, against Jarvis Christian.
The Rams offense, is led by Kiki Menendez. He is hitting .375 with 6 doubles and 6 home runs. Menendez also has a .440 on base percentage. The Rams are loaded with great arm, as they have a combined ERA of 4.28. The bullpen is carried by Alex Davis, as he has thrown 20 2/3 innings and has a 2.18 ERA. Davis is holding hitter to a .178 batting average. The starting pitching staff, is led by Brad Sugg and Stephen Yancey. Sugg is 4-0 on the season, with a 2.20 ERA. He is holding hitter to a .215 ERA. Yancey is 3-2 on the season, with a 2.21 ERA. He has thrown 43 strikeouts on the season, and is holding hitters to a .180 batting average.
The Lions offense is led by Jake Payonk, as he is hitting .351 with 5 doubles and 1 home run. The bullpen is led by Houston Johnson, as he has thrown just 4 1/3 but still hadn’t gave up a run. Johnson is holding hitter to a .188 batting average. The Starting pitching staff is led by Lorenzo Galicia. He has thrown 20 1/3 innings and has a 4.87 ERA. In the last conference series the Lions played, they were able to beat Bacone once by the score of 2-1.
March 16- 3:00 P.M. @Texas Wesleyan
March 17- 1 & 3 P.M. @SAGU
Texas Wesleyan Head Coach Bobby Garza said “We are entering the final 3 games of a 9 games in 9 days stretch. The players have done a great job of handling this period of the schedule. We are coming off 2 good wins and look forward to finishing the weekend strong.”
Oklahoma City Vs Bacone
This series is set to begin on March 15th and finish on March 17th, they will play one on the 15th at Bacone and two on the 17th at Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Stars (4) are currently 17-5. The Stars have hit a little rough patch as they have lost 3 in a row, including dropping 2 conference games to Wayland Baptist and Central Christian. The Bacone Warriors are 7-15, and are coming off a 10-3 loss against Texas College.
The Stars are ranked number 1 in runs scored per game, with 10 per contest. The offense is carried Lane Milligan, as he is hitting .474 with 8 triples and 4 home runs. Lane Milligan has also drove in 29 stars during the season. Another big contributor to this offense is Garrett Foster. He is hitting .421 and has 13 doubles and 4 home runs. The bullpen is carried by Tanner Andrews, as he has thrown 8 inning and has a 2.25 ERA. Andrews has held oppenents to .172 batting average. The starting pitching staff is held down by Bryce Milligan. He has thrown 27 innings and has a 2.67 ERA. Milligan is holding hitters to a .173 batting average.
The Warriors offense is led by Corben Henry. He is hitting .326 and has 3 triples, and has drew 19 walks on the season. The bullpen is led by Alex Dominguez, as he has throw 4 2/3 innings, and has a 1.93 ERA. Dominguez has struck out 8 batters, and only allowed 1 walk. The starting pitching staff, is led by Kyler Johnson. He is 2-3 on the season, with a 4.31 ERA and he is holding hitters to a .281 batting average.
March 15- 2:00 P.M. @Bacone
March 17- 1 & 3 P.M. @Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Head Coach Denney Crabaugh said “We have to show up mentally and emotionally ready and focused on doing the things that we need to do to win ball games if we do that then I’m confident the scoreboard will take care of itself”
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