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Hornets primed as basketball season begins

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NOV. 7, 2013 – SPSU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams began the 2013-14 season with a pair of wins on Fri., Nov. 1. The men’s team played its home opener on Nov. 6 against Concordia College of Selma, Ala., and the women’s first home game will be Sat., Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. against West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery.

The women tied for first place among 16 squads in the Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches’ poll in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). In addition, the team, which went 25-6 overall last season, ranked 20th in the nation in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

Head Coach Laquanda Dawkins said that, of the 28 regular season games the women will play this season, seven are against squads that qualified for the 2013 NAIA Division I National Event. Last winter, the women’s team earned its second NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship appearance in the past four seasons.

“We want to be better than the team last year and not just from a record point of view,” said Coach Dawkins.“We want to be better as a team overall.”

The men’s team tied for sixth place among 15 squads in their SSAC preseason coaches’ poll. The team – which posted a 14-16 overall mark in 2012-13, including 4-14 in the conference for sixth place in the SSAC East – will play 30 regular season games this year, including six against teams that qualified for their respective national tournaments.

The men will play an exhibition game at NCAA Division I Georgia State University on Sat., Nov. 9, and a non-conference contest at NCAA Division II’s Clark Atlanta University in mid-December.

“I think when you look to try to schedule your non-conference games, you just try to find games with teams that are comparable and that will give you a good test for what your conference is going to be about,” said Men’s Head Coach Jeff Pourchier.

It promises to be a challenging season for both teams of Hornets. For the men’s full 2013-14 schedule go to http://www.spsuhornets.com/schedule/0/1.php. For the women’s schedule, go to http://www.spsuhornets.com/schedule/0/2.php.

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