The curtain will come down on the 2012-13 regular season on Saturday for the McMurry women's basketball team, as it plays host to the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Tip-off at Kimbrell Arena will be at 2 p.m. for the bout between the War Hawks (11-14) and the Lions (7-18).
The game is the front end of a women's-men's doubleheader versus UAFS, with the men to follow at 4 p.m. Both games can be heard live locally on KZQQ 1560 AM, as well as on all the stations of the War Hawk Network. Fans worldwide can follow on the internet at www.hprnetwork.com for both games, as well. Live video is available free of charge via SkyboxLive.com.
Following its match-up versus the Lions, McM will be awaiting pairings for next week's National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Central Region tournament, March 7-9, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
In its last outing against Newman University on Thursday, McMurry University's team came back from an eight-point first half deficit to overtake the Jets, 62-57, at Kimbrell Arena. Overall, there were four ties and eight lead changes in the game.
Much of McMurry's success could be pinned directly on its suffocating defense, which forced NU into 26 turnovers (twice as many as the War Hawks). McM converted those miscues into 28 points.
Jamie Wilson had another efficient game for McM head coach Dr. Veronica Snow's team. The senior forward was 6-of-8 from the floor – including 2-of-4 from long distance – and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, finishing with a game-leading 18 points. She also led the squad in rebounding with seven (all on the defensive glass).
On the year, junior forward Keshia Collins leads the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game. Collins also averages 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. She is also the top free throw shooter among the regulars at 80.4 percent (78-97).
Collins also reached a personal milestone versus Newman at the 12:08 mark of the first period, canning a short jumper that was the 1,000th point of her career in the Maroon and White. Collins' four rebounds left her at the 498 mark for her career in that category, as well.
Senior point guard Rikeita Thomas has upped her scoring average to 9.9 p.p.g. Freshman Ana Dominguez, who made her first appearance versus NU since being sidelined by an injury for 14 games, is averaging 8.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest.
Wilson checks in at 5.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Freshman Claire Bruffey has her scoring average at 5.4 p.p.g., after canning a trio of treys against Newman.
UAFS has dropped its last two games, including a 75-65 setback at the hands of St. Edward's last Thursday evening.
The Lions have a trio of players averaging in double figures, led by the duo of Katie BenAmor and Chauntel Terry. BenAmor tops the UAFS team at 13.6 p.p.g., whith Terry close behind at 13.3 p.p.g.
Angi Ramey has also been solid for the Lions with a double-double average of 11.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
When last these two teams met back on December 1 in Fort Smith, the War Hawks earned a 72-69 win. In that game, the McM team had four players in double-figure scoring: Thomas (18), Dominguez (14), Collins (12) and Jaryn Koenig (12). Dominguez also pulled down 13 rebounds and had three blocks.
McMurry will also be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since December 8. It will also be Senior Day, as senior players from both the women's and men's programs will be recognized between games.
Information for this story provided by McMurry Sports Information.