Defensive Intensity Translates into Ladyjack Victory
Jan. 12, 2008
NACOGDOCHES - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks shot 52 percent from the floor and forced Southeastern Louisiana into 16 turnovers all in the first half, as SFA defeated the Lady Lions, 59-50, Saturday evening at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The nine-point margin of victory was not indicative of how dominate the Ladyjacks were in improving to 5-9 on the season, and 2-0 in league play.
The Ladyjacks jumped out to a 14-4 first half lead and never really looked back. SFA knocked down 8-of-12 shots from the floor to take the early advantage. Southeastern Louisiana's early struggles didn't come from an inability to knock down shots; in fact, they shot the ball better than SFA to start the game. The Lady Lions connected on 5-of-their-first-7 shots, but the Ladyjacks did a great job of preventing their visitors from getting many shots off. SFA forced Southeastern Louisiana into 16 first-half turnovers, including six in the first 4:30 of the game.
The Ladyjacks took advantage of the SLU miscues converting the turnovers into 14 points. SFA on the other hand did a great job of holding onto the ball, turning it over only seven times in the first half. SFA also connected on 4-of-12 three-pointers to take a 37-16 advantage into the locker room.
SFA appeared to pick up in the second half where it left off in the first. Junior Jessica Gaines knocked down a three 10 seconds into the half to give SFA its largest margin of the game, 24 points (40-16). Gaines finished the game with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting. SFA kept its advantage above 20 points for the first three minutes of the half, before staging a rally.
The Lady Lions went to work in the second half to try and battle their way back into the game. SLU cut the lead to 13 points, 45-32, when Bethany Sinclair knocked down a three-pointer with 9:45 remaining. But following an SFA timeout, senior Nikki Carr drilled a three-pointer, and followed that up with another bucket to get the advantage back to 18 points. Carr finished the game with 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and one steal.
The Lady Lions made one last run late in the game when outcome was already decided cutting the final margin of victory to nine points. SLU finished the game 21-of-45 (.467) from the floor due in large part to Kristy Carlin who scored a majority of her team-high 14 points in the final minutes of the game.
The Ladyjacks return to action Thursday, when they travel to Beaumont, Texas, to take on Lamar. The game against the Lady Cardinals is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from the Montagne Center.
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