Courtney Conwright and the Ladyjacks lost a touch 64-63 contest at Nicholls Wednesday.
Feb. 8, 2012
NIC 64, SFA 63
THIBODAUX, La. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks lost a 64-63 heartbreaker to Nicholls State Wednesday evening at Stopher Gym, despite a 22-point performance Tammara Marion.
SFA had just taken a 63-61 lead on an Annette Davis layup with 42 seconds remaining, followed by a shot clock violation on Nicholls' Alisha Allen.
Then out of a timeout with only 10 seconds remaining underneath their own basket, Brittney Matthew threw an inbounds pass intended for Tammara Marion that was picked off by Nicholls' KK Babin who then passed it out to Jenny Nash and launched a three-pointer that banked in with just five seconds remaining to give the Colonels a 64-63 lead.
SFA (15-7, 5-4) had one last opportunity to go the length of the court but Marion's long distance attempt was wide left as time expired.
Nicholls (13-10, 6-4) outscored the Ladyjacks 38-30 in the all-important second half. The Colonels' were led offensively by the trio of Sumar Leslie (20 points), Babin (18 points) and Alisha Allen (13 points).
SFA out-rebounded Nicholls 44-37 and won the bench battle 19-4. Ashlee Mells (9 points) and Davis (8 points) were the next leading scorers behind Marion.
The Ladyjacks opened up a nine-point lead in the early moments of the second half after two Marion three-pointers but Nicholls would have an answer. The Colonels rode the hot hand of Leslie to take a 48-45 lead with 11:16 remaining, their biggest lead of the night. Leslie scored 11 points during the first eight minutes of the second half, connecting on 4-of-5 shots from the field.
SFA played a scrappy first half against Nicholls, taking a 33-26 lead into halftime behind a team-leading 10 points from Marion. The Ladyjacks limited the Colonels to just 36 percent shooting from the field and the bench outscored Nicholls 11-2, led by seven points from Tierany Henderson.
The Ladyjacks closed the final three minutes of the first half on a mini 6-0 run to open up the seven-point advantage.
Nicholls' was led in scoring in the first half by both Leslie and Babin, each scoring eight points.
SFA did suffer an injury scare midway through the opening half when freshman guard Ashley Bettis injured her arm diving for a loose ball.
The Ladyjacks will next be in action this Saturday, Feb. 11 when they host UTSA at 6 p.m.