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Steve Patterson: Nia Winston (#14 - Lakeview Centennial, Panola Jr. College) gets inside on Langston for a running floater. Steve Patterson: Nia Winston (#14 - Lakeview Centennial, Panola Jr. College) gets inside on Langston for a running floater.

Source: Mark Warde Sports Information Director

WAXAHACHIE - Senior forward Gabby Bruner (Peaster / Peaster High School) scored 10 points and ripped down six.

Rockin’ steady is Bruner. 

She outscored her counterpart, Tayla Vaughn (13), 10-2, on Saturday rebounds, but it was not enough to prevent Southwestern Assemblies of God University from falling to #7 ranked Langston University, 65-34, Saturday, Jan. 7.

In spite of a deceiving score, Langston had to sweat to improve to their record to 13-0 overall and 7-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference.

SAGU, used to finishing in the top two to four teams in the RRAC, dropped their ninth in a row and are 3-9 overall, 0-6 in league play.

Southwestern’s young backcourt, working through growing pains, combined to make 24 of the team’s 33 turnovers.

The mistakes led to a number of easy Langston baskets and spelled the difference.  

LU and SAGU are the RRAC’s best two teams on defense, as is their custom.  Trailing 14-10 at the 9:06 mark, Southwestern scored only two baskets before intermission, both by Bruner. 

Roberts assisted the first, Andrea Lugo (San Antonio/Somerset High School) the second. 

Langston finished the half by outscoring the hosts, 18-4. SAGU was 2-of-11 during that portion of the game, when they also missed three free throws and gave the ball away seven times to trail at the break, 32-14. In the game’s final 7:37, SAGU was held to a Roberts’ three-point play and a rebound bucket by Cox with a second to play. 

It was the team’s lowest output since they lost at Oklahoma Christian University, 88-32, in November of 2006. 

Credit Langston’s physical defense for shackling SAGU to 26 percent (13 of 50) shooting. 

To read the entire article, visit the SAGU Athletics webpage at www.sagu.edu/athletics.

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