FRIDAY 03/15/19 – SEASON OVER FOR KAT WOMEN – MEN HIT THE HARDWOOD TODAY

THE HIGHLIGHT OF TODAY’S LOCAL SPORTS SCHEDULE IS BASKETBALL, WITH THE SHSU BEARKATS TAKING THE COURT AT MERRELL CENTER IN KATY FOR THE SEMIFINALS OF THE 2019 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT. THE KATS – REGULAR-SEASON LEAGUE CHAMPS & THE NO. 1 SEED IN THE EVENT – WILL BE FACING THE PRIVATEERS OF NEW ORLEANS IN THE SEMIS, WITH THE WINNER HEADING INTO SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND TO DETERMINE THE SOUTHLAND’S AUTOMATIC BID TO NEXT WEEK’S NCAA TOURNAMENT. NEW ORLEANS REACHED THE SEMIFINALS THANKS TO THURSDAY’S QUARTERFINAL WIN OVER LAMAR AS THE BEARS ELIMINATED THE CARDINALS 76-72. TODAY’S BEARKAT VS. UNO SEMIFINAL WILL TIP AT 5PM, WITH 101.7 KSAM’S LIVE COVERAGE BEGINNING AT 4:45. TODAY’S WINNER WILL ADVANCE TO SATURDAY’S FINAL AGAINST EITHER ABILENE CHRISTIAN OR SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA.

IN THE WOMEN’S BRACKET, THE SHSU BEARKAT WOMEN HAD A BRIEF STAY IN KATY, FALLING IN THURSDAY’S 1ST ROUND. THE KATS LOST TO CENTRAL ARKANSAS 76-71.

IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL TODAY, THE SHSU BEARKATS RETURN HOME TO DON SANDERS STADIUM FOR GAME 1 OF A 3-GAME WEEKEND SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SERIES AGAINST INCARNATE WORD. THE KATS & CARDINALS’ 1ST PITCH IS SET FOR 6:30PM TODAY, WITH GAME 2 ON SATURDAY AT 3PM, AND THE FINAL GAME OF THE SERIES ON SUNDAY AT 1PM.

IN COLLEGIATE SOFTBALL, THE SHSU BEARKAT WOMEN WILL BE IN CONWAY, ARK., THIS WEEKEND FOR A 3-GAME SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SERIES AT CENTRAL ARKANSAS. A DOUBLEHEADER IS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY BEGINNING AT 5PM.

IN COLLEGIATE BOWLING, THE SHSU BEARKAT WOMEN WILL BE AT THE MUSIC CITY CLASSIC TOURNAMENT IN SMYRNA, TENN., BEGINNING TODAY AND GOING THROUGH SUNDAY.

IN COLLEGIATE TRACK & FIELD TODAY, THE SHSU BEARKATS & BEARKAT WOMEN WILL SEND SPLIT SQUADS TO A PAIR OF MEETS – THE TEXAS SOUTHERN RELAYS IN HOUSTON – AND THE ABILENE CHRISTIAN SPRING MEET IN ABILENE.

IN THE NBA ON THURSDAY, DALLAS LOST TO DENVER 100-99….. TODAY THE HOUSTON ROCKETS WILL HOST PHOENIX AT 7PM ON AT&T SPORTSNET SOUTHWEST, WHILE SAN ANTONIO WILL BE AT HOME AT 7:30PM AGAINST THE NEW YORK KNICKS.

ON THE PGA TOUR, TOMMY FLEETWOOD & KEEGAN BRADLEY ARE TIED FOR THE LEAD AFTER THE 1ST ROUND OF THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP IN FLORIDA.

ON THE NASCAR CIRCUIT, THE DRIVERS WILL BE TURNING LEFT THIS WEEKEND AT THE AUTO CLUB 400 IN FONTANA, CALIF. THE GREEN FLAG GOES UP AT 2:30PM SUNDAY ON FOX.