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SPSU basketball gears up

SPSU basketball gears up

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The SPSU Runnin’ Hornets are getting ready for another great season.

The women’s basketball team will kick off their season with an away game against the Kennesaw State University Owls on Nov. 1. The first home game will be against University of the Cumberlands (Williamsburg, Ky.) on Nov. 15.

With only two returning team members, the Lady Hornets have 10 new team members this year, including six Georgia residents.

Coach Laquanda Dawkins is going into her second season as head coach. She led the team to a 29-5 record last year (12-0 at home) and saw the team become Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) regular-season and conference champions and advance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournament in March.

This was the program’s second consecutive appearance at nationals, and the NAIA ranked the Lady Hornets second in the nation in scoring defense per game (52.000) and No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (0.331) overall.

The men’s basketball team begins their season with an away game on Oct. 31 against the Georgia State Panthers. They play their first home game on Nov. 15 against Atlanta’s Carver Bible College.

Tommy Dillon will lead the team as interim head coach, assisted by Frankie Willingham.

In the 2010-2011 season, the team made their way to the first round of the NAIA Championship in Kansas City, Mo. It was their first undefeated season at home since 1990 with a home record of 14-0.