LEVELLAND — The South Plains College men's and women's basketball teams are set to host New Mexico Junior College on Monday evening at the Texan Dome in a pair of perennial WJCAC matchups.
The second-ranked Lady Texans will do battle with the sixth-ranked Lady Thunderbirds at 5:45 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30. Both games will stream live at spctexans.com and can be heard on KLVT Radio Levelland AM1230.
Currently tied for the conference lead, the Lady Texans come in with a record of 19-0 on the year, while New Mexico brings in a 12-4 mark, with both teams sitting at 3-0 in league play. The Lady Texans routed Clarendon college 86-44 in their previous outing on Jan. 6, as sophomore Ruth Koang tallied 17 points and 10 boards for South Plains.
Currently the top defensive team in the WJCAC allowing just 43.3 points per game, the Lady Texans will look to slow down a New Mexico team who averages just over 73 points per game and is shooting 42.9 percent from the floor on the season. The Lady Thunderbirds have won five of their last six, including wins over #8 Northwest Florida State and #7 Trinity Valley Community College.
The Texans come in looking to stop a two-game skid after falling to Clarendon and New Mexico Military Institute in their last two outings. Averaging 73 points per game and shooting 41.9 percent as a team, South Plains is led by freshman Rivaldo Soares who leads the Texans on the offensive end with 14.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Soares has scored in double figures in six straight games as he looks to help get the Texans back in the win column Monday night.
New Mexico has won three of its last four, most recently a 73-58 victory over Howard College on Jan. 9. Averaging 73.7 points per game and shooting a 46.6 percent clip on the year, New Mexico is led by sophomore Terence Lewis who leads the conference in scoring with 20.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Lewis is shooting over 58 percent on the year and has scored in double figures every game this season.