Feb. 6, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin rallied from an 11-point deficit to tie the game late in regulation against Nicholls State. The Ladyjacks and Colonels then battled through a pair of overtime periods before Nicholls outlasted SFA 75-74 at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA sees its three-game winning streak halted, falling to 12-10 overall and 6-4 in Southland Conference play. Nicholls improves to 12-9 and 7-3 in conference action.
Leading 60-57 in the waning seconds of overtime, SFA kept Nicholls State from getting a clean look at the basket. But the Colonels’ Emani White hit a desperation three-pointer with 0.7 seconds remaining, sending the game into overtime.
SFA had a chance to win it at the end of the first overtime period as with the score tied at 68-68, Tierany Henderson put up a three pointer from the corner, but the attempt bounced away, sending the game to a second overtime period. Trailing 75-74, the Ladyjacks had one last attempt for the win, but a three-pointer by Kali Jerrell was blocked as Nicholls escaped with the victory.
Porsha Roberts led the way for SFA with another double-double, finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Henderson added 14 points and five boards with Taylor Ross contributing 13 points, five assists and four rebounds. Daylyn Harris finished with 10 points and eight rebounds as well.
SFA committed 22 turnovers to just nine from Nicholls. The Colonels were able to convert that into 22 points off turnovers while SFA only made one basket following a turnover.
Nicholls was led in scoring by Emani White with 30 points. The league's leading scorer hit 11-of-22 from the field, including a 3-pointer to tie the game with one second left in regulation and force overtime.
SFA dominated the glass as the Ladyjacks out-rebounded the Colonels 56-31, but it was not enough. It marked the 15th time this season SFA has pulled down more rebounds than the opponent and fifth loss in such situations.
The Ladyjacks host the McNeese State Cowgirls at 4 p.m. Saturday to conclude this week's action. The game will be SFA's Play 4 Kay game as part of the women's basketball community's breast cancer awareness effort. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game in support of Play 4 Kay. A silent auction will also be held on the concourse with proceeds from the auction going toward the Play 4 Kay Foundation.