Jan. 10, 2010
Montgomery, Ala. - The Shorter College men and women's basketball teams will seek a sweep of Auburn University-Montgomery on Monday, Jan. 11 when both squads travel to Montgomery, Ala., for a pair of Southern States Athletic Conference showdowns.
The Lady Hawks will tip things off first at 7 p.m. ET while the Hawks will follow at approximately 9 p.m. ET.
Auburn University-Montgomery possesses one of the richest basketball traditions in the NAIA, and Shorter has a tremendous opportunity to score a pair of crucial road wins early in the SSAC season.
The Lady Hawks (9-5, 1-2 SSAC) are in search of their sixth win in their past seven games and enter Monday's contest against the Lady Senators (6-8, 1-2 SSAC) fresh off a 71-60 victory over Brewton-Parker College on Saturday.
In that win, Shorter freshman wing Ashley Harris poured in a career-high 18 points and sophomore guard Kelly Ellison continued her stellar play - she is averaging 14.0 points per game over her last six - with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 40 minutes.
Shorter is 5-1 on the road this season and have won four straight away from the Winthrop-King Centre.
The Lady Hawks were swept by AUM in 2008-09 and will have another stiff challenge in finding a way to deal with 6-foot-4 Lady Senators' center Cassie Moore, who is putting up 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
On the men's side, Shorter (11-4, 2-2 SSAC) faces the defending SSAC regular season champions, a team that went 26-7 last season while reaching the second round of the NAIA National Tournament.
The Hawks and Senators split last season's pair of meetings, with each team winning on its home floor.
Shorter snapped a three-game losing streak with an 84-77 win over Brewton-Parker on Saturday as Darius Steger's 21 points led four Hawks in double figures. Marqise Wright had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Jerrenda Wheeler posted 12 points and nine assists as the Hawks secured an important home victory to stay in the hunt for an SSAC regular season championship.
AUM, which is receiving votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll, does not figure to be a gracious host.
The Senators (6-6, 1-1 SSAC) have won 10 conference and regional championships in their 32 years as a program and head coach Larry Chapman has won over 600 games in his 32-plus years at the helm.
Fans can listen to both games by tuning into 95.7 WATG-FM or by accessing the live webcast via the link on the Shorter Athletics homepage.