The Southwestern Christian University women’s basketball team is currently sitting at the top of the standings in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference, an NAIA Division II conference consisting of teams from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
The Lady Eagles are riding a three game winning streak after recording victories over Oklahoma Wesleyan, Central Christian (Kan), and York College (Neb) at the start of conference action last week.
Success is nothing new to the Lady Eagles as the squad finished runner-up at the NCCAA National Tournament in 2009. What is new to SCU, though, is the newly acquired dual membership in the NCCAA and NAIA. The Southwestern Christian University Athletics Department made the decision to jump in to the NAIA in the fall of 2010, joining Division II’s Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.
In the fall, the men’s soccer team introduced Southwestern Christian University to the NAIA as well as to the rest of the United States as the team went 3-1 in the conference while posting defeats over five other NAIA squads and three NCAA Division II teams.
It is now the Lady Eagles turn to show the world who Southwestern Christian University is, and so far, they are off to a good start.
Danyel Moses, a senior from Perry, Oklahoma, heads the Lady Eagle offense with 13 points per game. Kaylee Davis is a double threat for SCU with four double-doubles on the season. The junior from Choctaw, Oklahoma averages nine points and seven rebounds per game. Del City native Sheirra Bruner is a weapon in the paint with nine points and six rebounds per game while Brittani Shand, also of Del City, serves as a quick and feisty guard for the team. Another senior from Perry, Oklahoma, Brandie Sandy is the Eagle’s go to girl from outside the arc, shooting 32 percent from the three point line. Junior Allie McIntosh, of Oklahoma City, has an excellent view of the floor, leading the Eagles in assists with close to five per game. Perhaps the biggest surprise to most opponents is Porchea Sanders, a junior guard from Oklahoma City. Sanders is the Lady Eagles’ explosion of energy from the bench, averaging 12 points, four rebounds, and four assists per game while tallying 30 steals this season.
Even with SCU’s success in the MCAC, the team will not be able to compete in any post season action as the program is still in a first year probation phase. The Lady Eagles, however, are showing the NAIA that they are here and that they mean business.
The Lady Eagles will take on the only other undefeated team in the MCAC this weekend when they travel to Point Lookout, Missouri to battle it out with College of the Ozarks (15-4; 3-0 MCAC). Ranked 10th in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll as of January 17th, the Lady Bobcats will host the Lady Eagles on Friday, January 21st at 5:30 p.m.
Posted on Thu, January 20, 2011
by Kasey Gardner