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Basketball team appears at LSC tournamnet

Photo Credit: Tabitha Gray / The Lasso
Photo Credit: Tabitha Gray / The Lasso

Finishing the Lone Star Conference with a winning record of 11-9, the Pioneer basketball team will be seeded No. 6 in the LSC Championship tournament.

TWU is scheduled to tip off with third-seed West Texas A&M on Fri., March 3 at 12 p.m. TWU has gone 1-2 with West Texas during regular conference play. Ultimately winning the first match 62-59, TWU trailed throughout the game until the fourth quarter with a point surge over the Lady Buffs. Senior Guard Kenesha Saygo set her then career-high for points scored at 28. The second game resulted in a WT blowout win of 80-55. According to TWU Athletics, this was the worst defeat in the past three seasons.

Following the game turnout against WT, TWU is slated to play the winner of second-seed Angelo State University and seventh-seeded Cameron University if they outscore the Lady Buffs. During the season, TWU lost both games against Angelo State, 74-53 the first time and 81-73 in the second match. In the tip-offs between Cameron University, TWU managed to finish 2-0 with a score of  77-63 the first round and 103-90 the second time. Saygo had broken her career-high by scoring 35 points against the Aggies.

Head Coach Beth Jillson expressed her optimism for the conference appearance and shared: “The LSC tournament is an incredible experience for our student-athletes. The LSC office does a phenomenal job of putting on a top-notch event and we are excited about the opportunity to represent TWU. With it being so close to home, we are hoping to have a lot of fans come out and support us.”

There are five seniors on the Pioneer basketball team – Guard Kenesha Saygo, Forward Emily Spector, Guard Andrea Mapua, Guard Deja Pointer and Guard Ashley Bonugli.

The tournament will be played at the Allen Event Center, which is less than an hour away from Denton for those interested in attending. Tickets are available for $15 per adult and $10 per student. If anyone cannot make the trip out, a live-stream broadcast will be available for no cost at the LSC GameCentral portal here .

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