SAN MARCOS, Texas - Despite a season-high 30 points from Tammara Marion, a near triple-double from Porsha Roberts and a 46-24 advantage in points in the paint, the SFA Ladyjacks fell 95-87 in a shootout at Texas State Wednesday evening at Strahan Coliseum.
SFA was outscored 51-42 in the second half and the Bobcats had a huge disparity at the free throw line, connecting on an astronomical 45-of-60 attempts compared to just 18 attempts for the Ladyjacks.
Texas State was led by the Southland Conference scoring leader Diamond Ford, who put in 34 points on 8-of-16 shooting but connected on 16-of-18 at the free throw line.
SFA built a 57-48 lead in the first few minutes of the second half, coming out of the locker room by going on a 12-4 run. However, Texas State began marching to the free throw line at an unconscious pace. Although a dozen or so free throws were purposely given to Texas State in the closing minutes, the Bobcats still had a 38-11 advantage in free throw opportunities.
Roberts tied a career-high with 14 points, established a season-high eight blocks and pulled down eight rebounds (6 offensive). Ashlee Mells scored 16 points in her third consecutive start of the season.
Texas State, who set a school-record fro free throw attempts and came up one shy of the conference record, would wind up with four other players in double-digits behind Ford. Ashley Ezeh (17 points), Kelsey Krupa (14 points), Demi Clinch (10 points) and Kaylan Martin (10 points) all scored in double-figures for the Bobcats.
The Ladyjacks put together their best first-half offensive performance of the season, scoring a season-high 45 points en route to a 45-44 halftime lead. Marion scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting and Roberts nearly completed a double-double (10 points, 8 rebounds).
In the first 20 minutes SFA shot 38 percent from the floor and dominated the points in the paint category, 26-12.
Texas State relied heavily upon Ford, who surpassed her season average with 22 first-half points on 6-of-10 shooting and 8-of-8 from the charity stripe. The Bobcats went 18-of-22 (81.8%) from the free throw line in the first half, compared to just 8-of-8 for the Ladyjacks.
Despite falling behind 19-9 early in the first half, the Ladyjacks were able to regroup and took their first lead of the night (27-25) on a Sha Turner jumper at the 7:39 mark.
SFA will next face the defending Southland Conference champion McNeese State Cowgirls, Saturday Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. from William R. Johnson Coliseum.