Lamar Holds Share of Regular Season Title Heading into Final Week

first_imgThis Week’s Schedule ACU closes out its season at home against SFA tonight at 7 p.m. CT then travels to UIW on Saturday for a 1 p.m. matchup. Nicholls hosts Northwestern State (7-20, 2-14 SLC) tonight at 6 p.m. and faces Southeastern Louisiana on the road Saturday at 2 p.m. to close its regular season. McNeese finishes its season at home against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (17-10, 10-6 SLC) tonight at 6:30 p.m. and welcomes Lamar on Saturday at 1 p.m. Southeastern also finishes at home, hosting New Orleans at 7 p.m. tonight and Nicholls on Saturday at 2 p.m. National Leaders: Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs continues to rank first in steals (177) and steals per game (6.56) in Division I, while also ranking second in triple doubles, tallying four this season. She needs just 15 to break the Division I single season steals record (191) set by Natalie White of Florida A&M in 1995. FRISCO, Texas – With two gamedays remaining, the preseason favorite Lamar Cardinals have at least a share of the regular season championship locked up. With a convincing 75-58 win on the road at second-place Stephen F. Austin last week, LU will win the title outright with a win in its lone remaining game against McNeese on Saturday. Wednesday, Feb. 28Northwestern State at Nicholls* – 6 p.m.Central Arkansas at Sam Houston State* – 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at McNeese* – 6:30 p.m.UIW at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m.New Orleans at Southeastern La.* – 7 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Abilene Christian* – 7 p.m. Additional Storylines * Southland Conference game RPI: Heading into the final week of the regular season, Lamar leads all Southland programs at No. 92 in the RPI – the only league team in the top 100. Central Arkansas sits at 116th while Stephen F. Austin is ranked 123rd. Saturday, March 3Abilene Christian at UIW* – 1 p.m.Lamar at McNeese* – 1 p.m.Nicholls at Southeastern La.* – 2 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Houston Baptist* – 2 p.m.Northwestern State at Central Arkansas* – 3 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State* – 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3) On the other end of the table, a battle is shaping up for the final tournament seeds. Abilene Christian and Nicholls are currently tied for sixth with 9-7 league records while McNeese and Southeastern Louisiana are tied for eighth at 7-9. Houston Baptist sits at ninth (5-11) but is still within striking distance of an eight-seed. Lamar sits in first in the league standings with a 21-6 record (16-1 SLC) and one game remaining while the Ladyjacks (22-5, 14-2 SLC) are second with two games remaining. If SFA wins at Abilene Christian (15-11, 9-7 SLC) tonight and at Sam Houston State (4-21, 1-15 SLC) on Saturday coupled with a Cardinals’ loss, the Ladyjacks will also earn a share of the regular season title. In order to move into a tie with the Cowgirls and Lady Lions, the Huskies must close out the regular season with two wins at home against UIW tonight at 7 p.m. and the Islanders on Saturday at 2 p.m. coupled with back-to-back losses by McNeese and Southeastern. Four-Time Player of the Week: Nicholls junior guard Cassidy Barrios earned her fourth Southland Player of the Week award of the season on Monday, a conference-best. She has racked up 13 overall double doubles this season, including nine against conference opponents – both league highs. Cardinal Champs: With at least a share of the regular season championship, Lamar has three total team championships to its name, previously winning in 2014 and 2010.last_img read more

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