Jan. 2, 2014
Final Stats |
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin used a strong second half surge to pull away from Lamar, notching a 64-43 victory in its Southland Conference opener at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
Leading 28-25 at the half, the Ladyjacks outscored the Cardinals 36-18 in the second half, led by double-doubles from both Porsha Roberts and Tierany Henderson. Roberts finished with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds with three blocks while Henderson notched 16 points and 11 rebounds. Brittney Matthew added 15 points as SFA improved to 7-6 on the season.
The Ladyjacks (7-6, 1-0 SLC) dominated the glass, out-rebounding Lamar (5-7, 0-1 SLC) by the total 52-38. SFA pulled down 17 offensive rebounds to create more opportunities to score, resulting in 17 second chance points, while SFA’s defense limited Lamar to only two second chance points on 15 offensive rebounds.
SFA’s inside game played a key role in sparking the offense in the first half as Roberts was a perfect 5-for-5 in the opening stanza. She finished the game shooting 7-of-9, and the team combined for 32 points in the paint.
Defensively, SFA was able to slow both of Lamar’s main weapons. Forward Dominique Edwards tallied 15 points, just below her season average. Point guard Gia Ayers entered the contest averaging 13.5 points a game and scored only six points.
The Ladyjacks will close their five-game home stand on Saturday when they host rival Sam Houston State at 4 p.m. The Bearkats are the defending Southland co-champions from a year ago and fell in their conference opener at Northwestern State, 78-59.