Jan. 11, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – It took all 40 minutes, but the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks came away with a victory on Saturday afternoon at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by the score of 58-51 thanks to sharp shooting and a stingy defense.
SFA (10-6, 4-0 SLC) came into the game looking to limit the Islanders’ ability to hit shots from long range. It was the Ladyjacks that hit from deep to get the win, however.
SFA hit 10 3-pointers to the Islanders’ five, after TAMUCC (8-7, 1-3) was averaging eight per game in conference play so far this season.
Thanks to SFA limiting the 3-ball for the Islanders, the Ladyjacks were able to overcome the strong defensive effort of the Islanders as well. SFA’s leading scorer Porsha Roberts was held scoreless in the first half as she was 0-for-5 in the opening half with the Islanders surrounding her in the lane.
Roberts did not score until hitting free throws with 3:27 left in the game. She finished the game with six points and nine rebounds.
Guard Brittney Matthew led the Ladyjacks with 16 points and hit three of the team’s 3-pointers while pulling down six rebounds. Tierany Henderson was one rebound shy of posting her fourth straight double-double as she had 15 points and nine boards. Henderson was 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Jasmine Shaw led TAMUCC with 19 points, and SFA was able to limit Brittany Mbamalu to just six points.
The second half was back and forth again after the Ladyjacks built a six-point lead. The Islanders made a quick comeback to tie it up with just over seven minutes remaining in the contest. Then reclaimed the lead 46-44with 5:30 left.
After getting down late, the Ladyjacks got crucial points from Roberts, another 3-pointer from Henderson and were able to come down with a number of valuable rebounds by crashing the boards and preventing the Islanders from picking up second chance points down the stretch.
The Ladyjacks will continue their road stint with a trip to rival Northwestern State next week on Thursday night. SFA will be off next Saturday before finishing its five-game journey from home at Oral Roberts and Central Arkansas the following week.