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LEVELLAND, Texas - The South Plains College Texan and Lady Texan basketball teams will bring their games to the Texan Dome Thursday, January 19 when they host Odessa College on McDonald's Night. Lady Texans tip-off at 5:45 p.m., while the NJCAA second-ranked Texans are scheduled for a 7:45 p.m. tip featuring two NJCAA teams ranked in the top-5 of the NJCAA polls.
McDonald's of Levelland has donated a general admission ticket for every student in Hockley County that will be available to be picked up from his or her respective superintendent's office by Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Texans (3-14, 0-1 WJCAC) enter the contest versus the Lady Wranglers (12-5, 1-0) coming off a 68-50 loss to Midland College (15-4, 1-0) but sport the leading scorer in Region 5 in Ashley Roberts
. Roberts, who scored a career high 40 points in a January 9 loss to Pima College, is averaging 18.1 points per game. The Odessa women handily defeated Frank Phillips College 82-51 Monday night.
Lady Texan head coach Michelle Wyatt
said her squad will be up against another tough challenge in Odessa.
"Odessa is pretty well balanced. They are not real big inside so that is good for us," said the seventh year coach. "They are real athletic across the board and have two kids averaging 12 points and one averaging 11 per game. We will attack them the same way and see what happens."
The Texans (16-0, 1-0) are currently ranked No. 2 in all of the NJCAA, moving up to second spot in the poll after top-ranked Northwest Florida State (17-1) dropped an overtime contest to Pensacola. They will face the No. 5 ranked Wranglers (16-1, 1-0) who are averaging 87.63 points per game, after snapping a seven game losing streak to Midland College with a 70-54 victory Monday night - the same night Odessa won a surprisingly close game to Frank Phillips College, 89-84.
SPC's 12th year head coach Steve Green
said the fifth-ranked Wranglers are an aggressive team that is, in his mind, still undefeated.
"During that one loss their leading scorer and rebounder did not participate in the game, so I look at them like they are undefeated," said Green. "When they have their team intact they have not been beaten.
"They (Odessa) are very very aggresive. They push the ball, they play extremely hard. They do not have the size that we do inside, but they are very athletic and very quick. I think we will be very fortunate to be able to possibly do some of the things we want to do."
Green added that limiting turnovers will be a key to the Texans winning Thursday night.
"We cannot throw the ball away because they are running, they prey on that. If they get a loose ball they are going so we have to make sure we get shots each and every time down the floor to prevent that stuff from happening."
A live video stream and live stats of both games will be available at www.spctexans.com. HPRN's
Michael Wiiest will call the action on KLVT 1230 AM and www.hprnetwork.com.