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Top 15 Showdown: Quincy hosts Drury on Thursday

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No. 15 Quincy hosts No. 7 Drury on Thursday at Pepsi Arena with first place in the GLVC West on the line. No. 15 Quincy hosts No. 7 Drury on Thursday at Pepsi Arena with first place in the GLVC West on the line.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Home sweet home for the Quincy University basketball teams.

The word 'home' has never sounded better considering the fact Thursday's games at Pepsi Arena will be the first home games for QU in 19 days.

For the Lady Hawks, it's arguably their biggest game of the regular season as Drury pays a visit.

Thanks to the latest USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll the contest has been ear-marked a Top 15 showdown.

Quincy has jumped a spot to No. 15 in the country while the Lady Panthers come to town ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II and the winner gets sole possession of first place in the GLVC West.

"It is a little bit bigger but we have to come out with the mindset that it's another game in our conference schedule, and that we want to win all of our home games first and foremost," head coach Jeni Garber told WGEM Sports.

"It's going to be a tough match up with two top 15 teams, and it's going to be a good one in the middle of the season."

What makes Thursday incredibly more important is the fact it's the one and only time the Lady Hawks and Lady Panthers play, and that means not only will conference title aspirations be up for grabs but post season positioning as well.

Quincy has played lights out this season at Pepsi Arena with zero losses on its home floor.

"I know it's not the championship game, and it almost feels like a lot of people are treating it like that, but we know that it's a big game," said senior guard Felisha Loggins.

"We're still trying to treat it like any other game but we know how big it is."
 
Senior guard Lucy Cramsey added: "We've been playing well at home all season long, so thankfully we get to play it here. We've got to keep in mind that it's another game. We have the players and personnel to do it, so if we come in motivated and ready to go, we should win."

Thursday's women's game tips off at 5:15 p.m. and will be followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m. as the Hawks entertain the defending national champion Panthers.
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