Odessa College on tap for Hawks
HERALD Photo/Tony Claxton â€” Kali Jerrell (3) and the Howard College womenâ€™s basketball team is newly ranked at No. 24 in the country. Odessa College will try to take them down at 5:45 p.m. today in Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. The menâ€™s game is at 7:45 p.m.
The Howard College menâ€™s and womenâ€™s basketball teams are in action today against Western Junior College Athletic Conference foe Odessa College.
The Howard women start things off at 5:45 p.m. in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on Howard Collegeâ€™s campus and the menâ€™s game follows at 7:45 p.m.
The No. 21 Howard men (13-6, 3-2) may need a win the most. The Hawks are coming off a 88-77 loss to Western Texas College in Snyder, being burnt by the Westernersâ€™ Deverell Biggs for 31 points.
So in comes No. 18 Odessa College (18-3, 4-1) one of the teams head coach Mark Adams has said is the class of the WJCAC.
The Wranglers are led by Derrick Barden, who averages just past 17 points a game. Odessa College is seventh in the country in team defense, allowing 60.2 point a contest in 21 games.
The Hawks are trying to keep pace in the conference race with seven players, as suspensions have riddled the teamâ€™s season so far. But even with that, a win tonight would put Howard in second place in the conference.
The Howard women (18-4, 3-1) are newly ranked once again at No. 24 in the country. Theyâ€™ve been on a roll lately after a close overtime loss at New Mexico Junior College. Since then, the Hawks have beaten then-No. 6 Midland College and Western Texas College on the road.
Tasha Tubbs has sparked the run back into the rankings, with a team-best 14.5 points a game and 53 3-pointers on the season. Taniqua and Twyla Ards are not far behind either, with 12.8 and 13 points per game, respectively.
The Lady Wranglers (12-9, 2-2) are led by Takola Larry and Klaherra Powell, who both score 13 point a game.
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