Junior forward Ashlee Mells scored a career-high 19 points in Saturday's 69-61 win over SLU.
Jan. 7, 2012
SFA 69, SLU 61
HAMMOND, La. - Ashlee Mells scored a career-high 19 points and Porsha Roberts pitched in 14 points to help lead the Ladyjacks to a 69-61 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in the conference opener.
Mells, a junior transfer from Indiana University, came into Saturday's game averaging just 2.8 points per game but delivered in the biggest game of the season thus far with a limited SFA team. The Bellaire High School graduate shot 6-of-8 from the floor, 3-of-4 from three-point territory, had zero turnovers and also had four steals.
After a frustrating first half in which she had foul problems, Roberts carried the load in the second half where she scored all 14 of her points on 4-of-5 shooting and made all six of her free throw attempts.
SFA (11-3, 1-0) outscored Southeastern Louisiana 36-31 in the second half and won the bench scoring battle 31-21. The Ladyjacks also forced a season-high 34 turnovers and had 11 second-chance points.
Both teams combined for 17 turnovers in the games first eight minutes of play before SFA was able to settle down.
Mells single-handedly jump-started the SFA offense by scoring a team-high 13 first-half points, which included 3-of-5 shooting from three-point territory. Mells checked into the game with SFA trailing 15-12 and immediately catapulted the Ladyjacks by scoring 11 straight points and in doing so, gave her team a 23-17 lead at the 6:30 mark.
SFA took a 33-30 lead into the half despite committing 14 turnovers. Southeastern had their fare share of having trouble handling the ball as well by committing 17 turnovers of which turned into 14 points for SFA.
The Lady Lions (5-9, 0-1) were led in scoring by Brandi Simmons (16 points) and Elizabeth Styles (11 points).
The Ladyjacks will next host Central Arkansas on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. in the home conference opener.