Lady Lions To Host Conference Challenge To Begin Season

FORT SMITH, Ark. – After almost a month of practice and two preseason exhibition games, the UAFS men’s basketball team will begin the regular season this weekend when the Lions compete in the Conference Challenge hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo in Pueblo, Colo.

The two-day, four-team event will feature UAFS and Rogers State from the Heartland Conference, Midwestern State from the Lone Star Conference and Colorado State-Pueblo from the Rocky Mountain Conference.

UAFS will begin play at 6 p.m. on Friday against Midwestern State and will play at 8 p.m. on Saturday against host Colorado State-Pueblo.

The Lions, who are ranked No. 19 in the Basketball Times Preseason Top 20, finished 1-1 during the recent preseason exhibition season, beating NAIA John Brown 104-71 in the “Ballin’ for a Benefit” at the Stubblefield Center before losing to NCAA Division I Middle Tennessee State 85-55 at the Charles M. Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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UAFS took the court last week for a pair of preseason exhibition games as an early tune-up for the regular season, and this weekend, the Lady Lions basketball team will look to build on that strong performance when it hosts the Heartland/Rocky Mountain Conference Challenge at the Stubblefield Center.

The two-day, four-team classic will be Friday and Saturday and feature UAFS and St. Edward’s from the Heartland Conference and Colorado Christian and Colorado School of Mines from Rocky Mountain Conference.

On Friday, St. Edward’s will play Colorado Christian at 5:30 p.m., and UAFS will play Colorado School of Mines at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, St. Edward’s will play Colorado School of Mines at 1 p.m., and UAFS will play Colorado Christian at 3 p.m.

Live statistics will be available for each game, and live stream will be available for all UAFS games. UAFS games will be broadcast on KHGG-AM 1580 and 101.1 FM.

UAFS finished 1-1 during its preseason exhibition season. The Lady Lions beat NCAA Division I Tulsa 61-58, posting their first-ever win against a Division I opponent, and lost to last year’s Division I national runner-up Mississippi State 100-67.