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Basketball doubleheader at Southeastern La.
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Release: 01/24/2013
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Both the Sam Houston men's and women's basketball teams continue their battle to stay in the forefront of the 2013 Southland Conference title race as they face Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond in a doubleheader Thursday night.

The women tip at 5:15 p.m. while men face off at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live by KSAM FM 101.7.

Three weeks into conference play, Central Arkansas, Lamar and Sam Houston State all are tied for first place with a 5-1 mark. Newcomer Oral Roberts sits a game behind the three schools at 4-2 while Nicholls State and McNeese State are at .500 at 3-3.

The Bearkats are the ones responsible for both the Bears' and Cardinals' losses, defeating the two teams 64-48 and 59-57, respectively.

 In Sam Houston State's 64-48 win against Central Arkansas on Jan. 17, senior forward Sequeena Thomas set the school rebound mark after she pulled down 14 in the contest. Thomas now sits at 990 career rebounds.

Along with having the school mark on the board, Thomas also recorded her 44th career double-double against Oral Roberts on Jan. 19, which also ranks No. 1 in Bearkats women's basketball. Each contest, she also keeps adding to her school record in blocks, which currently sits at 190.

Thomas was named as Southland Conference women's basketball "Player of the Week" Monday.

 After opening with a 3-5 record, SHSU (11-7, 4-2 SLC) has won eight of its last 10 games, including road victories at Lamar and McNeese State. The Bearkats split in their league games last week at home defeating Central Arkansas (63-52) before dropping a 65-61 overtime contest to Oral Roberts.

Darius Gatson leads a balanced SHSU attack with 8.9 points per game while Terrance Motley averages 7.9 points and team-best 6.1 rebounds. The Bearkats feature 11 players who average 10 or more minutes per game while nine players average more than 5.2 points per game.

Southeastern (5-11, 3-3 SLC) looks to rebound after dropping road games last week at league Stephen F. Austin and Northwestern State. Before its current two-game slide, Southeastern had won three straight games and four of its last five. The Lions have won three of their last four games in the University Center, including a 70-65 victory over archrival Nicholls State on Jan. 12.

 Brandon Fortenberry leads Southeastern in scoring at 12.3 points per game with Roosevelt Johnson averaging 11.1 points and team-high 7.7 rebounds. Dre Evans (9.4 ppg.), Jeffery Ricard (9.1), Onochie Ochie (5.9), Antonio Benton (5.5) and Todd Nelson (4.5) are next in scoring for Southeastern, which averages 60.7 points per game.

 SHSU leads the all-time series that dates back to the 1973-74 season, 23-14, and has won the last five meetings between the schools. The Bearkats claimed last season's contest in the University Center, 57-55, as Gatlin scored a team-high 17 points, including a go-ahead baseline jumper with 4.3 seconds remaining.

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