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LEVELLAND, Texas - The NJCAA No. 1 ranked South Plains College Texans as well as the SPC Lady Texans will play host to a basketball double-header Monday evening at the Texan Dome when Howard College comes to town. The women are scheduled for a 5:45 p.m. tip and the men will follow at 7:45 p.m.
Best Western South Plains Inns and Suites is the sponsor of Monday's games and have donated t-shirts that will be thrown to the crowd by the Texan Cheerleaders as well as two iPods that will be given to a lucky fan at each halftime. Tickets for the game can be picked up at Best Western located at 204 N. College Avenue in Levelland.
Playing in their first game as the No. 1 ranked team in all of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the South Plains College Texans (19-0, 4-0 WJCAC) survived against New Mexico last Thursday thanks to a buzzer beating 3-point basket by Marshall Henderson
in overtime and will square off with a Howard team fresh off a 91-88 overtime victory over eighth-ranked Odessa College to setup yet another interesting conference showdown.
The SPC men lead the WJCAC in scoring with an average of 85 points per game, while the Hawks sit at the bottom of the conference in that category scoring only 71 per contest.
Coming off a 32 point performance against New Mexico, Henderson ranks No. 2 in the WJCAC in scoring with a little more than 19 points per game to lead three Texans averaging double-digits. The Hawks also have three scorers, led by Jacob Thomas with 15 per game.
SPC's 12th year head coach Steve Green
has a 13-13 overall record against the Hawks as coach of the Texans and will be looking to help his team snap a four game losing streak as the Texans have not defeated Howard since sweeping both games during the 2008-09 season.
The Lady Texans (4-16, 1-3 WJCAC), meanwhile, desperately look to right the ship after being defeated by 22 points at New Mexico, 63-41, against a solid Howard team that has the top scoring defense in the conference allowing only 44 points per game. The Lady Hawks (14-5, 1-1) Thursday night game against Odessa was rescheduled for Friday due to the officials not showing up.
Head Coach Michelle Wyatt
has absolutely dominated Howard during her tenure at South Plains, posting a 13-2 record. The Lady Texans split with the Lady Hawks last season.
Live video will be available for both games at www.spctexans.com. The games will also be aired over the radio on KLVT 1230 AM and online at www.hprnetwork.com. HPRN's Michael Wiiest will have the call for KLVT, while the crew from SPC TV will handle the online video broadcast.
For more information on Texan and Lady Texan athletics please visit www.spctexans.com.
South Plains College Texans & Lady Texans vs Howard College
5:45 p.m. Lady Texans (4-16, 1-3) vs Lady Hawks (14-5, 1-1)
7:45 p.m. No. 1 Texans (19-0, 4-0) vs Hawks (14-4, 3-1)
Where: South Plains College Texan Dome
Broadcast: Live video streaming at www.spctexans.com
Live audio on KLVT 1230 AM, www.hprnetwork.com
South Plains College Lady Texans
Last game: SPC Lost 63-41 to New Mexico January 26
Howard lost 59-53 to Midland January 23*
January 26 game vs Odessa rescheduled for January 27
Head Coach: Michelle Wyatt
| 7th Season (149-54)
Players to watch
No. Name Stats
11 Ashley Roberts
55 Stephanie Moore
9.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg
South Plains College Texans
Last game: SPC defeated New Mexico 79-78 with an overtime buzzer beating 3-pointer
Howard defeated No. 8 Odessa 91-88 in overtime
Head Coach: Steve Green
| 12th Season
SPC record: 284-83
Players to watch
No. Name Stats
2 Yanick Moreira
12.4 points, 8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks
10 Devonte Smith
5.1 points, 5.1 assists, 3.5/1 assist to turnover ratio, 32 mins
11 Stanton Kidd
10.4 points, 7 rebounds
12 Marshall Henderson
19.2 points, 114-251 (.454) 3-point attempts
15 Tymell Murphy
10 points, 6 rebounds
22 Malcolm Miller
WJCAC Fun Fact
Of the four WJCAC games played on Thursday, January 26 there was only a 6-point differential as three games were decided by a single point, and the fourth was a three-point game that was decided in overtime.