Ladyjacks Defense Denies Sugar Bears
Feb. 7, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks returned home following a three-game road trip and handed the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears their third consecutive loss with a 53-45 triumph Thursday evening at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA (10-12, 5-6) was led in scoring by sophomore center Porsha Roberts, who scored a game-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 at the free throw line for her seventh straight double-digit scoring performance. The Waco, Texas native also did a superb job defensively on Megan Herbert, the two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year. The senior forward was held to just 11 points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field and turned the ball over five times.
The Ladyjacks won for just the third time this season when trailing at halftime and just the second time when scoring fewer than 60 points. SFA improved to 7-1 this year when holding their opponents below the 60-point plateau.
As a team SFA limited the Sugar Bears (13-8, 6-4) to just 28 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers. The Ladyjacks also dominated UCA's bench by outscoring them 27-1, marking the 19th time this season SFA has done so. One of those contributors was sophomore forward Tierany Henderson, who scored nine points on three made three-pointers while coming off the bench for the first time this season.
After a back and forth first half and for almost the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Ladyjacks took the lead for good at the 11:50 mark in the second half on a made layup from sophomore forward Daylyn Harris, 35-34. From that point on SFA outscored the Sugar Bears 18-11 with seven points coming from Roberts as well as two clutch three-pointers from Henderson.
In the first half it was the Sugar Bears who started on fire, connecting on three-pointers from Tracey Parsons and Britney Gowans and a layup by Julia Mason to claim an 8-0 lead at the 16:34 mark. However, the Ladyjacks responded in a big way by going on a 15-2 run over the next seven minutes.
SFA entered the half trailing just 22-21 despite shooting 22 percent from the field but helped themselves by making seven of 10 attempts from the charity stripe.
The Ladyjacks will wrap up their quick two-game home stand on Saturday when they host Oral Roberts for the first time as Southland Conference members.