Jan. 9, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks continued their winning streak on Thursday night as they defeated Houston Baptist 71-60 on the road. SFA dominated the glass hand HBU its third straight loss in Southland Conference play.
SFA (9-6, 3-0 SLC) was led by Tierany Henderson on the night as she posted her fifth double-double on the year and third straight for the Ladyjacks. Henderson put up 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. She was 3-of-8 from 3-point range on the night.
The Ladyjacks were a force on the glass, out-rebounding the Huskies 50-26. SFA nearly had more offensive rebounds on the night than HBU had total rebounds with 24. Those 24 offensive boards resulted in 26 second chance points for the Ladyjacks. SFA only allowed the Huskies to pull down nine offensive boards, leading to just eight second chance points.
HBU (4-10, 0-3) was able to hang around with the Ladyjacks early on thanks to a strong shooting performance. The Huskies shot 50 percent in the first half compared to SFA's 35.3 percent.
The Huskies held the lead with 9:00 remaining in the first half, but that is when SFA took control of the pace and began to score more efficiently. A pair of drop passes on the block gave SFA some rhythm, and then Henderson and Alexis Fatheree hit 3-pointers to extend the lead and grab the momentum for the Ladyjacks. SFA closed the last 9:00 of the opening stanza on a 26-12 run and hold a 36-24 lead.
SFA pulled away in the second half, building the lead to as many as 20 points. HBU would chip away at that lead late in the second half, however, forcing SFA to battle down the stretch. The 60 points by the Huskies marks the first time during SFA's winning streak the Ladyjacks have allowed 60 points.
The Ladyjacks continue their road trip this week with a contest at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 4 p.m. Saturday. SFA looks to extend its winning streak to seven games. The Ladyjacks have not had a seven-game winning streak since the nonconference portion of the 2011-12 season.