LEVELLAND — The second-ranked South Plains College women's basketball team will be on the road Friday and Saturday for a two-game stint in the Sunflower State.
The Lady Texans will battle Cloud County Community College at 6 p.m. on Friday in Concordia, Kansas, before taking on Pratt Community College at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Pratt, Kansas. Both games will stream live at spctexans.com. Following the trip, South Plains will be on the road at the CSI Classic Nov. 29-30 in Twin Falls, Idaho, followed by the conference opener in Big Spring against Howard College on Dec. 4.
South Plains remains unbeaten with a 6-0 mark on the year following a pair of top 25 wins last weekend at the NMJC Classic in Hobbs. The Lady Texans ousted then No. 13 Salt Lake 77-35 on Nov. 15 before thumping No. 16 Grayson 78-53. South Plains comes into the weekend ranked third in the NJCAA in scoring with 98.7 points per game, shooting 56.5 percent from the floor, the second-best mark in the country to date.
The Lady Texans are averaging 9.8 3s per game, the fourth-best mark in the NJCAA, and are second in 3-point percentage, shooting a 41.5 percent clip from distance as a team. South Plains has proven to be one of the top defensive teams in the land, giving up just 44 points per game, the sixth-best defensive average amongst all teams, and are forcing opponents to shoot just 28.2 percent from the floor, the fifth-best mark nationally.
Sophomore Ruth Koang leads the orange and blue with the rock, pouring in 15.2 points and 7.2 boards per game, shooting over 68 percent from the hardwood after six games. Future LSU Tiger Sarah Shematsi is second in scoring for the Lady Texans, chipping in 14.7 points to go along with 5.8 rebounds per contest, shooting 55.7 percent from the floor and an unprecedented 52.1 percent from the 3-point line.
Cloud County brings a 4-3 record into the matchup, most recently, a 72-70 win over Bethany College JV on Nov. 18. Shooting 38.1 percent from the field, The Lady Thunderbirds are averaging 69.9 points per game and have won three of their last four, led by freshman forward Jacy Dalinghaus who leads Cloud in scoring with 19.7 points per game.