Jan. 16, 2014
NATCHITOCHES, La. – The Ladyjacks seven-game winning streak came to an end on Thursday night as the Northwestern State Lady Demons were able to hand Stephen F. Austin its first loss in Southland Conference play. SFA fell 66-54 as the Demons shot 44.9 percent on the night and got hot during a key stretch in the second half.
The Ladyjacks (10-7, 4-1 SLC) took control of the game early going on a 10-2 run and grabbing a 12-4 lead. Then, Porsha Roberts was called for her second foul and spent the last 10 minutes of the half on the bench, and Northwestern State capitalized.
The Lady Demons (10-7, 3-2) began to hit shots and found open shots beyond the arc to go on a 24-9 run to close the half and take a 28-21 lead into the half. With the Ladyjacks down seven points at the half it marked the first time since Dec. 8 at UL-Monroe that SFA trailed at the half.
In the second half SFA jumped out to a 7-0 run and tied the game. The Ladyjacks would reclaim the lead and go up by as many as four points, up 40-36, but the Demons responded well with a 9-0 run to go back up by five points and then held off each charge from the Ladyjacks, preventing them from getting within three points only once down the stretch.
Daylyn Harris led the Ladyjacks with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting. She also pulled down five rebounds. Roberts had a strong night for the Ladyjacks as she tallied 17 points on 7-of-11 from the field. Roberts pulled down six rebounds
Northwestern State was led by point guard Janelle Perez and forward Trudy Armstead with 15 points. Perez distributed the ball for the Lady Demons with six assists and no turnovers as well. Armstead pulled down eight rebounds to lead NSU.
SFA lost the game despite dominating the glass. The Ladyjacks out-rebounded Northwestern State 40-27. Those rebounds helped SFA score 18 second chance points, but it was not enough.
The Ladyjacks also could not hold NSU to 60 points or less. SFA was 9-2 coming into the game when the Ladyjacks hold their opponent to 60 or fewer in scoring. SFA is now 1-4 this year when scoring under 60 points.
The Ladyjacks will be off this weekend and will prepare to hit the road again next week when SFA will take on Oral Roberts and Central Arkansas.