Feb. 8, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – After a heart-breaking loss in double-overtime on Thursday, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks responded with a commanding victory over McNeese State on Saturday. The Ladyjacks dominated the Cowgirls 69-49 with another stellar shooting performance.
SFA (13-10, 7-4) shot better than 50 percent for the third time in the last four games, hitting on 26-of-50 from the field. The Ladyjacks had one of their best defensive efforts of the season as well, limiting the Cowgirls to just 25.8 percent shooting and only 5-of-25 from beyond the arc.
Junior forward Daylyn Harris had a career night as she posted her first double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Harris was 8-of-12 from the field. She was joined in double figures by junior center Porsha Roberts. Roberts had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting after only taking one shot attempt in the first half. Roberts added five rebounds.
McNeese State (13-9, 6-5) got 18 points from Allison Baggett and 11 from Jaylin Johnson. No other Cowgirl scored more than seven points.
SFA again pounded the ball inside with 38 points in the paint thanks to the Ladyjacks passing game. Three players had at least four assists, led by freshman Taylor Ross with a career-high six.
The Ladyjacks were plagued by turnovers for the second straight game with 22 resulting in 14 points for McNeese, but SFA was able to counter that by crashing the boards and out-rebounding one of the top teams in the Southland Conference. SFA won the battle on the glass 48-29 to further establish SFA as the No. 1 rebounding team in league play this season.
SFA hits the road next week for return games to Lamar and Sam Houston State. The Ladyjacks will take on Lamar at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Beaumont before facing Sam Houston State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Huntsville.