THURSDAY 03/14/19 – BEARKAT WOMEN RECEIVED HONORS WEDNESDAY

THE 2019 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BEGINS TODAY AT MERRELL CENTER IN KATY. THE NO. 5-SEED SHSU BEARKATS – MAKING THEIR 1ST APPEARANCE IN THE EVENT IN 3 YEARS – WILL OPEN THE WOMEN’S BRACKET AT 11AM WITH A CONTEST AGAINST NO. 8 SEED CENTRAL ARKANSAS. THE WINNER OF TODAY’S GAME WILL ADVANCE TO THE QUARTERFINAL ROUND AGAINST ABILENE CHRISTIAN ON FRIDAY. THE BEARKAT WOMEN WERE RECOGNIZED BY THE LEAGUE ON THURSDAY WHEN 1ST-YEAR HEAD COACH RAVON JUSTICE WAS NAMED SOUTHLAND WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR. ADDITIONALLY, SHSU’S JUNIOR GUARD JAYLONN WALKER WAS NAMED NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR, WHILE WALKER WAS NAMED TO THE CONFERENCE 2ND-TEAM ALL-SLC SQUAD AND GUARD JENNIFER ORAMAS PICKED UP AN HONORABLE MENTION NOD.

IN THE MEN’S SOUTHLAND TOURNAMENT, THE BEARKAT MEN DON’T PLAY UNTIL 5PM FRIDAY DUE TO WINNING THE REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP & EARNING THE NO. 1-SEED AND A DOUBLE BYE INTO THE SEMIFINALS. THE MEN’S BRACKET BEGAN ON WEDNESDAY WITH LAMAR SLIPPING PAST HOUSTON BAPTIST 81-79, AND CENTRAL ARKANSAS WHIPPING TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 73-53, SENDING THE CARDINALS & BEARS INTO TODAY’S QUARTERFINAL ROUND.

IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL ON WEDNESDAY, INCLEMENT WEATHER FORCED COACHES TO CANCEL THE SCHEDULED GAME BETWEEN THE SHSU BEARKATS & LOUISIANA TECH IN RUSTON, LA. NEXT ACTION FOR THE KATS IS SET FOR 6:30PM FRIDAY WITH A SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE CONTEST AGAINST INCARNATE WORD AT DON SANDERS STADIUM.

IN HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TODAY, THE HUNTSVILLE HORNETS ARE SCHEDULED TO HOST PORTER AT 7PM AT KATE BARR ROSS PARK.

BAD WEATHER ALSO FORCED A CHANGE IN THE SHSU BEARKAT WOMEN’S SOFTBALL SCHEDULE ON WEDNESDAY. A GAME SCHEDULED AT TEXAS A&M WAS POSTPONED AND WILL NOW BE PLAYED AS PART OF A DOUBLEHEADER ON MARCH 27 IN COLLEGE STATION.

IN TRACK & FIELD, TODAY WILL MARK THE 1ST DAY FOR THE SHSU MENS & WOMEN’S TEAMS TO COMPETE IN THE ABILENE CHRISTIAN SPRING BREAK INVITATIONAL.

IN THE NBA ON WEDNESDAY, THE HOUSTON ROCKETS LOST A HOME – ENDING THEIR 9-GAME WINNING STREAK – WITH A 106-105 LOSS TO DEFENDING CHAMPION GOLDEN STATE. IT WAS THE WARRIORS’ 1ST VICTORY OVER THE ROCKETS IN 4 TRIES THIS SEASON. LATER TODAY THE DALLAS MAVERICKS WILL BE AT DENVER AT 9:30PM ON TNT.

ON THE PGA TOUR TODAY, IT WILL BE THE 1ST ROUND OF THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP IN FLORIDA.

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