GAMES 17 & 18 PREVIEW: Birmingham-Southern & Millsaps

GAMES 17 & 18 PREVIEW: Birmingham-Southern & Millsaps

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The second half of the two-week road swing concludes this weekend with Southern Athletic Association matchups at Birmingham-Southern and Millsaps.

THE BASICS
Game #17 | Sewanee (7-9, 1-4) at Birmingham-Southern (6-10, 3-2) | Friday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m. 
Bill Battle Coliseum, Birmingham, Ala.
All-Time Series: Birmingham-Southern leads series, 16-7
Last win: Feb. 4, 2018 in Birmingham, Ala. (57-43)

Game #18 | Sewanee at Millsaps (13-3, 4-1) | Sunday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m.
The Hangar Dome, Jackson, Miss. 
All-Time Series: Millsaps lead series, 43-25
Last win: Feb. 2, 2018 in Jackson, Miss. (77-72)

SAA STANDINGS

TEAM SAA PCT OVR PCT STR
Millsaps 4-1 .800 13-3 .813 L1
Oglethorpe 4-1 .800 13-3 .813 W2
Rhodes 3-2 .600 10-6 .625 W1
Birmingham-Southern 3-2 .600 6-10 .375 W3
Centre 2-3 .400 9-7 .563 L3
Hendrix 2-3 .400 9-7 .563 L2
Sewanee 1-4 .200 7-9 .438 L1
Berry 1-4 .200 5-11 .313 W1
           
-As of 1/14/19        

 

FREE FRIDAY: Fans of furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown will be given free admission to Friday's doubleheader at Birmingham-Southern. 

"HANGAR"Y MOMENT: Since 2010, Sewanee has played Millsaps each year but once in Jackson, Mississippi. Add a game in the inaugural Southern Athletic Association Tournament to the mix, the teams have played nine times in the Hangar Dome. 

Sewanee has been unable to figure out the Hangar, except for two times: Feb. 29, 2010 with a 92-80 win and Feb. 2, 2018 with a 77-72 victory over Millsaps. 

SEWANEE IS A STEAL: Sewanee leads the SAA in steals per game with 11.9, and they are 39th in the country in the category. The Tigers have achieved a season-best 19 steals twice this season: Berea and Covenant.

Inside conference play, the Tigers are leading the league with 10.6 per game, including a conference-best 13 in the team's 67-47 win over Berry. 

The team has recorded double figures in thefts in 13 games and in the last six games. 

Four Tigers are ranked in the top-10 in the league, led by Sue Kim with 2.5 per game and tied for second-most. 

CLIMBING UP THE RANKS ON HER DIME: Entering the 2019 season, Sue Kim needed 112 assists to catch Kayla Goodwin's (C'02) 371 for the top spot in program history. 

So far this season, the senior has 334 dimes, and she needs 37 to hit the top spot. Currently third all-time in women's hoops history, she needs eight assists to surpass 342 set by Ashleigh Whitworth (C'05). 

A LOOK AT THE PANTHERS: It has been a tale of two cities for Birmingham-Southern this season. Currently 6-10 overall, 3-2 in league play, the Panthers played an intense non-conference slate that includes Mary-Hardin Baylor (Texas), Emory and Hope (Mich.). 

After a 20-point win over Agnes Scott and a four-point victory over Piedmont to start the month of December, the Panthers went on a scoring drought: averaging 43.8 points in the next four games. 

The drought continued into the new year with back-to-back losses to Millsaps and Oglethorpe to start conference play. 

Since then, BSC has won its last three contests, including a weekend sweep on the road last week at Rhodes and Hendrix. 

One of the stories of the Panthers' run is junior Emilee Olson. Leading the team in points (13.6) and rebounds (9.6), she has scored double figures in each of her last three games after recording single-digit performances in five of her previous six. 

The teams split their season series in 2018 with the visiting team stealing victories. Sewanee defeated BSC, 57-43, in Birmingham on Feb. 4. BSC leads the all-time series, 16-7.

A LOOK AT THE MAJORS: After an 8-18 record last season, there was some thoughts of an improved Millsaps team in 2019, but a lot did not expect a 13-3 record and tied for the top spot in league play with Oglethorpe. They have turned heads with voters in the two national polls for Division III women's basketball. 

The Majors' key win came on Nov. 30, when they took down then No. 19 Austin (Texas) in Sherman, 70-61. 

Two Majors, Morgan McCrea and Dia Fortenberry, are averaging 12 points a game. However, the team is averaging the second-best mark in rebounds with 40.8 per game, led by Fortenberry's 7.4. 

The teams split their regular season matchups last season. However, in Sewanee's 77-72 victory over Millsaps on Feb. 2, that snapped a 16-game personal losing skid to the Majors. Ironically, the previous win prior to 2018 also came on the road on Jan. 29, 2010.

This is the third-longest rivalry in the program's history, behind Rhodes (84) and Centre (76). This will be the 69th meeting all-time between the two schools on Sunday. The Majors hold a 43-25 advantage. 

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