Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 1, 2003) - Following a short break for the Thanksgiving Holiday, the JBU basketball teams, off to the best start they have had in recent years, are back in action this week with games scheduled on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The Golden Eagles travel to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on Tuesday to play Rhema Bible College. This will be the second meeting of the season between these teams with JBU coming out on top in the earlier games 76-29 for the women and 88-50 for the men. Game times are 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
On Thursday night in Murray Sells Gymnasium, the Golden Eagle women will face their stiffest competition of the young year when Missouri Southern State University comes to town. JBU, currently 7-1, will be playing a NCAA Division II team that is
4-0 coming into Thursday night. “We will get a real test from Missouri Southern. This should help us to gauge where we are in relation to other Sooner Conference teams,” stated Coach Jeff Soderquist in speaking of the Thursday night tilt. “Missouri Southern has defeated some quality teams already in SW Oklahoma State, Abilene Christian, and Panhandle State.”
Final action for the week comes on Saturday when the Golden Eagles host Lyon College in a 4:00 pm contest for women and 6:00 pm contest for men. The JBU teams got the best of Lyon at Batesville earlier in the season with the women defeating the Pipers 72-62 and the men besting the Scots 74-72.
Scoring leaders for the Golden Eagle women are freshman Ashley Wettengel and sophomore Kendra McCormick with 13.8 and 13.4 point per game average respectively. Senior Bethany Sites leads the team in rebounds with 5.5 per game while sophomore Alicia Baer is the assist leader with a total of 26 for the year.
Leading the way for the Golden Eagle men in scoring is sophomore Brandon Cole with a 12.1 points per game average. Junior Reyjavick De Gracia with an 11.4 average follows Cole closely. De Gracia leads the team in rebounding with 7.75 rebounds per game and sophomore Alex Terry is the team leader in assists with 37 for the year.