Abilene Christian returns four of its top five scorers from a year ago, led by the Three J’s – Jalone Friday, Jaylen Franklin and Jaren Lewis – who combined to average nearly 37 points a game last season.
Lubbock Christian has emerged as the powerhouse for NCAA Division II women’s basketball in Texas. After going undefeated in winning the Division II national championship in 2016, the Lady Chaparrals spent most of last season ranked No. 2 in the nation.
The Heartland Conference is folding and eight of the league’s nine members (Arkansas-Fort Smith, Dallas Baptist, Lubbock Christian, Oklahoma Christian, Rogers State, St. Edward’s, St. Mary’s and Texas A&M-International) will join the Lone Star Conference on July 1, 2019.
After winning back-to-back Southland Conference titles, a young Abilene Christian University women’s basketball team struggled last season, finishing 16-14 overall. But coach Julie Goodenough believes a year’s experience will make all the difference this season, with one senior and six juniors on the roster, including a pair of transfers who are expected to be in the starting lineup