Freshman Porsha Roberts led SFA to a 54-45 win over UCA Wednesday evening.
Jan. 11, 2012
Final Stats |
SFA 54, UCA 45
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Behind a staggering defense, balanced scoring and their best start to a contest this season, the SFA Ladyjacks took down the Southland Conference powerhouse Central Arkansas Sugar Bears 54-45 Wednesday evening at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
Freshman center Porsha Roberts continued her strong surge of late with a game-high 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while pulling down six rebounds and contributing six blocks. Senior guard Tammara Marion (11 points) also scored in double-digits and dished out six assists.
The Ladyjacks (12-3, 2-0) limited the Sugar Bears to a season-best 24 percent shooting (16-of-65) and won the points in the paint (26-12) and bench (17-14) battles.
SFA could not have asked for a better start, hitting seven of their first 13 shots and jumping out to a 16-2 lead following a layup from Roberts at the 11:55 mark of the first half. UCA was finally able to find a little offensive flow in the later stages of the half but not before the Ladyjacks entered the locker room riding a wave of momentum and a 28-13 lead.
The Ladyjacks held UCA to just 17 percent shooting and 2-of-15 from beyond the arch in the game's first 20 minutes.
SFA would never relinquish the first half cushion lead despite UCA cutting the Ladyjacks' lead to just 48-42 with 2:21 left in the contest. The Ladyjacks sealed the win at the free throw line in the closing minutes and got a little bit of revenge from losing to the same Sugar Bears in last year's SLC Tournament.
Freshman guard Ashley Bettis also provided SFA with a scoring lift by contributing nine points as well as seven points off the bench from junior forward Ashlee Mells.
UCA (11-4, 1-1) was led in scoring by Desiree' Rogers and Courtney Duever, each scoring eight points. First-team all-conference forward Megan Herbert struggled mightily thanks to superb interior defense by SFA, scoring just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting.
The Ladyjacks will next look to carry their momentum to San Antonio where they will take on the UTSA Roadrunners, Saturday at 2 p.m. That game can be heard on Q107.7 FM.