Lady Cardinals Rally To Beat Ladyjacks In OT
Feb. 2, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks were unable to overcome a season-high 33 turnovers and the Lamar Lady Cardinals took advantage by forcing overtime and pulling out a 61-55 victory Saturday afternoon at the Montagne Center.
SFA (9-12, 4-6) was led in scoring by sophomore center Porsha Roberts, who scored 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. The Ladyjacks also got a season-high 14 points off the bench from senior guard Ashlee Mells, who made 4-of-5 attempts from three-point territory and was also 2-of-2 at the free throw line.
As a team SFA shot just 33 percent from the field but they did manage to make 18-of-21 from the free throw line for an 86% clip. The Ladyjacks also outrebounded Lamar 44-35 and won the bench scoring battle 32-8, marking the 18th time this season they've accomplished that feat.
Lamar scored 27 points off the SFA 33 turnovers but managed to shoot just 34 percent from the floor and a staggering 11 percent (2-of-18) from three-point territory.
After scoring just one point and three personal fouls in the first half, Lamar's Kalis Loyd was able to bounce back to score 18 points in the second half and overtime combined for a game-high 19 points.
SFA looked to be in control of the game when they held a 39-29 lead with just six minutes remaining in regulation but the Lady Cardinals managed to rally and tie the game 44-44 on a Loyd layup with 2:44 left in regulation. After another Loyd layup gave Lamar a 46-44 lead with 1:50 left, the Ladyjacks went inside to Robert for consecutive scores and a Ladyjacks 48-46 lead with just 42 seconds left.
Following a Lamar miss, Annette Davis was fouled and put to the free throw line where the junior sank to clutch attempts to push the SFA lead to 50-46 with 31 seconds left. Loyd then came right back with two made free throws of her own which was followed by an SFA turnover and layup by Lamar's Carenn Baylor to tie the game at 50-50 with 12 seconds left. Mells had one last attempt to win the game in regulation but her three-point attempt was short.
In the overtime period Lamar outscored SFA 11-5 led by five points from Loyd.
SFA entered halftime trailing just 16-15 after committing 16 turnovers that led to a 12-2 Lady Cardinals advantage in points off turnovers. Despite their issues on the offensive end, the Ladyjacks actually led Lamar 15-8 with four minutes remaining in the opening half but the Lady Cardinals closed on an 8-0 run to take the halftime lead.
Mells led the Ladyjacks in scoring with five points off the bench while Carenn Baylor had six points. Other than the turnovers, SFA shot just 4-of-19 (21%) from the field in the first 20 minutes while Lamar shot 7-of-30 (23%).