The Clark Atlanta University men's and women's basketball teams are gearing up for the heart of their schedule as both squads enter conference play this week.
The Lady Panthers, who have compiled a 3-6 record in non-conference action, have wins over Spelman College, Concordia College and Shorter University. They will open conference play with three home games at Epps Gymnasium against LeMoyne Owen (Jan. 3, @ 6 p.m.), Lane College (Jan. 5, @1 p.m.), and Kentucky State (Jan. 7, @ 6 p.m.), followed by a three-game road swing.
Through nine games, junior point guard Conisha leads CAU in three statisical categories including: points (14), assists (2.4) and steals (2.3). Center LaQuisha Lewis' consistency on the boards tops the Lady Panthers with 9.6 rebounds per gams including 4.6 on the offensive glass. Her 8.2 points per game ranks her third on the team behind fellow senior Shavon Caldwell with 8.6.
As a team, the Lady Panthers have a slight advantage on the boards, 46 to 43, over their opponents while shooting 38 percent from the floor and 61 percent from the charity stripe. They are currently ranked second in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) East Division heading into the conference schedule.
With a 1-7 record, the CAU men's basketball team will look to turn its around in conference play as it host LeMoyne-Owen (Jan.3rd, @ 8 p.m.), Lane College (Jan. 5, @ 3 p.m.), and Kentucky State (Jan. 7, @ 8 p.m.), in Epps Gymnasium. Leading the way with 14 points per game is Harlem, New York, native and junior guard Jerrel Joye.
He led the Panthers with 26 points in their triple overtime win against Carver Bible College earlier in the season. Junior Johnnel Young and freshman James Arnold rank second and third in scoring with 12 and 11 points per game, respectively while forward Dwayne Bingham's 8.9 rebounds per game tops the conference.The Panthers are shooting 71 percent (118-of-161) from the free throw line and trail their opponents on the boards 147 to 136.