GAMES 12-14 PREVIEW: Hendrix, Rhodes, LaGrange

GAMES 12-14 PREVIEW: Hendrix, Rhodes, LaGrange

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - After 28 days off, the Sewanee women's basketball team returns to the court for a three-game homestand inside Juhan Gymnasium, beginning Friday. Sewanee will step back into conference play with weekend contests with Hendrix and Rhodes. The Tigers will then wrap up the non-conference schedule Wednesday, Jan. 9 with a contest against LaGrange.

Game #12 | Sewanee (6-5, 0-1) vs. Hendrix (7-5, 0-1) | Friday, Jan. 4, 6 p.m.
Juhan Gymnasium, Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Hendrix leads series, 34-9
Last win: Feb. 6, 2015 in Sewanee (78-73 | 2OT)

Game #13 | Sewanee vs. Rhodes (8-4, 1-0) | Sunday, Jan. 6, 1 p.m.
Juhan Gymnasium, Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Rhodes leads series, 59-25
Last win: Jan. 26, 2018 in Sewanee (72-64)

Game #14 | Sewanee vs. LaGrange (5-6) | Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1 p.m.
Juhan Gymnasium, Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Sewanee leads series, 4-3
Last win: Nov. 20, 2007 in Sewanee (63-47)

DOWNTOWN SEWANEE: Kinsley Logan is making it rain this season from downtown, as she is one of the top-50 nationally ranked players in these categories. The freshman is 17th in 3-pointers made (37), 12th in triples per game (3.36) and 47th in percentage (43.5). 

Katie Roth, who has connected on 21 shots from downtown, is 34th with a 44.7 percentage. 

HANDS OF STEAL: Sewanee leads the SAA in steals per game with 12.2, and they are 41st in the country in the category. Kinsley Logan, with 27 steals and 2.5 per game, leads the team and is second in the conference in per game. 

LONG-STANDING RIVALRIES: It would fair to say that the top three rivalries (when it comes to games played) are conference foes: Rhodes, Centre and Millsaps. The 2019 season will be the 85th and 86th meeting versus the Lynx and the 69th and 70th against the Majors.

Sewanee and Centre have met once already this season, so the matchup on Feb. 16 in Sewanee will be the 77th meeting against the Colonels. 

The top-three most played non-conference games include Maryville (56), Emory (52) and Covenant (44).

MOVIN' ON UP: Head women's basketball coach Tracey Braden is slowly moving up the ranks of wins at Sewanee. Currently ranked eighth in program history with wins at 16, she can move up to sixth with two more wins and fifth with eight wins. Current Assistant Athletic Director Dickie McCarthy is the winningest coach in women's basketball history with 106.

400th CONFERENCE GAME: Combining games with the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), Sewanee will play its 400th conference game Friday night against Hendrix. In total, the Tigers have collected 134 wins.

The SCAC brought women's basketball as a conference sport during the 1991-92 season. Sewanee moved the SAA as a charter member in the 2012-13 campaign.

A LOOK AT THE WARRIORS: After a home game on Dec. 2, the Warriors are currently on a seven-game road swing across three states, from as far south as San Antonio, Texas to as far north as Danville, Ky., where their long trip concludes on Sunday. 

Despite a 19-9 record a year ago and a three-seed in the SAA Championship, the Warriors were one point from taking down eventual champion Oglethorpe in an overtime thriller in the Championship final. 

The leading scorer in the Southern Athletic Association entering this weekend's contest is Vinessa Daniel with 18.3 points per game. Her sophomore season started with back-to-back 30-point games. Against Ozarks (Ark.), she started the season with a 31-point and 10-rebound performance. A few days later against Centenary (La.), she shot 12-of-23 from the field and finished with 38 points, a career best. 

The Warriors took both contests from the Tigers last year, and they have a six-game winning streak. Overall, the Arkansas institution holds a 34-9 advantage over the Tigers.

Sewanee's last win came inside Juhan Gymnasium in 2015 with a 78-73 double overtime win. You have to go back to 2001 to the last time the Purple and Gold won in Conway. Sewanee makes the trip to Arkansas Feb. 1.

A LOOK AT THE LYNX: While Hendrix has been road "Warriors" since the beginning of December, Rhodes has been the opposite, having four straight games in Memphis and five of the last six games since Dec. 2 in Mallory Gymnasium. The lone trip was to Jackson, Miss. for a contest with Belhaven. 

Rhodes also finished with a 19-9 record, but won the tiebreaker and clinched the two-seed. After defeating Sewanee in the quarterfinals of the SAA Championship, the Lynx faced the Warriors of Hendrix for the third time. After taking both regular season matchups, it was Hendrix that advanced to the final with a 63-56 overtime win.

Coming into the weekend, three Lynx players are in double figures in scoring. Allie Young, who is fourth in the league in points per game, leads Rhodes with 13.8 points per contest thanks to a 54.4 percent clip from the field and rebounding 6.3 per game. Alyssa Owens (11.1) and Lindsey Whiteside (10.5) are the other two in double figures.

This will be the 85th meeting all-time between the in-state rivals, with the Lynx holding a 59-25 advantage. The teams split their regular season matchups last season, with the home team winning each contest. 

A LOOK AT THE PANTHERS: LaGrange enters the first weekend of the new year with a 5-6 record and will resume USA South play with two games before facing Sewanee: back-to-back home contests with Brevard and Covenant. 

Senior Marilauren Farr leads the Panthers with 12.5 points per game and 9.1 boards per game.

After Sewanee won the first three games in the series, LaGrange has won three of the next four, including last season's matchup in LaGrange, 64-53. The 2017 meeting marked the first matchup between the two schools since 2008. 

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