SFA Sinks Nicholls With Long Ball, 74-66
Jan. 19, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - For a second straight game four Ladyjacks scored in double-figures and SFA made a season-high nine three-pointers en route to a critical 74-66 victory over Nicholls State Saturday afternoon at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA (8-10, 3-4) dominated the Nicholls bench by outscoring their second unit 36-2, the biggest point differential this season for the Ladyjacks in that area. SFA also helped their cause at the charity stripe by making 21-of-26 free throw attempts (81%).
Ladyjacks' sophomore forward Tierany Henderson bounced back from a zero-point performance against Southeastern Louisiana with a team-high 15 points and a 5-of-10 shooting effort from beyond the arc. Henderson was helped in the scoring department by junior forward Annette Davis, who registered her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
The Colonels (11-6, 3-3) were held to just 39 percent shooting from the field, which included just 6-of-22 from three-pointer territory (27%). Forward Alisha Allen led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field.
SFA outscored Nicholls by a margin of 35-34 in the second half but led the entirety of the final 20 minutes. The Colonels closed to within 63-58 with 3:17 remaining following a made three-pointer from KK Babin but outscored Nicholls 11-8 the rest of the way.
After Nicholls opened the game red hot in the first half, the Ladyjacks closed the final 20 minutes by going on a 25-6 run to catapult themselves to a 39-32 halftime lead. After once trailing 26-14 at the 10:34 mark, SFA did most of their damage with the long ball, connecting on 7-of-13 attempts (54%), which was just one make shy of tying their season-high for an entire game.
Henderson was the primary marksmen, nailing 4-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc for a team-high 12 first half points. Ashley Bettis also snapped out of a recent cold shooting streak with a blistering 3-of-4 made attempts from three-point territory for nine points. Davis also had a big first half off the bench, scoring eight points on 3-of-5 from the field.
SFA will now have a full week off before they take the court again on Jan. 26 at Northwestern State at 3 p.m. The Ladyjacks will follow that contest up with road swings at McNeese State (1/30) and Lamar (2/2).