Today, John Brown University will be hosting the University of Science & Arts (USAO), located in Chickasha, Okla.
USAO is currently 10-11 in regular season and 1-8 in conference, which places them eighth in the table, one spot below JBU.
The game on Thursday will be important for both teams, as both recently bounced back off of a losing streak.
The Lady Eagles travelled to Texas last Thursday to take on number two-ranked Lubbock Christian University. They struggled to find a rhythm, and at halftime the Eagles were trailing by 24 points (21-45).
Once again, in fine Lady Eagle fashion, they came into the second half with a new determination. The ladies took to the court, and after a hard fought second half, the came out on the wrong side of a 74-49 decition. However, the Eagle’s defense held Lubbock to 29 points, and on the other end of the court, the Eagles were able to put up 28 points of their own.
Junior Sierra Shipley was on target for the Eagles scoring 13 points and making three rebounds, two assists and one steal. She was the second leading scorer, one basket behind Lubbock Christian’s 6’0” center, Kelsey Canavan who had 15 points.
On Saturday, the Lady Eagles travelled back to Texas to play Wayland Baptist. They suffered under a four-game losing streak, and the Saturday win at Wayland Baptist gave them a much deserved and needed victory.
They scored 34 points in the first half while holding Wayland to 27 points.
Both teams stepped it up in the second half, each scoring 40 points. However, the first half spark the Lady Eagles displayed, coupled with the continued aggression in the second half, secured the win.
Junior Kortni Barenberg played a stellar game Saturday. She put up 17 points, six rebounds, and one assist. Sophomore forward Abbie Warren also played a fantastic game with 12 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
The Lady Eagles will be looking to continue this form for the upcoming home game against USOA on Thursday.