Antionette Carter and the Ladyjacks fell 65-64 at Nicholls on Thursday.
Feb. 14, 2013
NIC 65-SFA 64
THIBODAUX, La. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks basketball team came within one shot of making a 15-point second half comeback on Thursday night at Nicholls State, but Annette Davis' layup attempt at the buzzer rimmed out in a 65-64 loss to the Colonels at Stopher Gym.
SFA (10-14, 5-8) was led in scoring by sophomore center Porsha Roberts (17 points) and sophomore forward Tierany Henderson (15 points). Nicholls (15-8, 7-5) had double-digit scoring performances from Alisha Allen (14 points), KK Babin (12 points) and Jasmine Scott (11 points).
The Ladyjacks managed to hold Nicholls to just 36 percent shooting for the game but hurt themselves with 24 turnovers that led to 24 points for the Colonels. Thursday also marked the first time since Dec. 6 that the SFA bench was outscored (26-23), a stretch of 15 consecutive contests.
Nicholls had held a 49-34 lead with just 10:23 left in the game before the Ladyjacks slowly began to chip away at the deficit. Trailing 58-49 with 4:24 left in the second half, SFA rallied to cut the lead to 60-57 with 2:22 left on an offensive rebound putback from Brittney Matthew. Allen would later extend the lead to 63-57 at the 1:20 mark but a Roberts three-point play with 55 seconds left made the score 63-60.
Babin then made two clutch free throws to push Nicholls' lead to 65-60 before Roberts made another layup with 27 seconds left to make it 65-52. Out of a timeout the Colonels' Jenny Nash attempted to make a home run pass to Babin but Matthew ran back and intercepted the ball, which led to a Roberts putback with 17 seconds left to make the score 65-64.
The Ladyjacks were then forced to foul LiAnn McCarthy, who entered the night as an 82 percent free throw. However, the junior missed both free throws and Davis pulled down the rebound for SFA and called a timeout with 8.4 seconds remaining.
SFA then got the ball to Davis out of a timeout at the top key and the junior drove and missed right at the rim as time expired.
SFA and Nicholls had seven lead changes in the first half and both teams exchanged back-to-back 8-0 runs in the final five minutes but it was Nicholls that took a 29-26 lead into halftime. The Colonels took their biggest lead of the first 20 minutes at the 2:56 mark when a Jasmine Scott jumper push the Nicholls lead to 25-18.
However, the Ladyjacks then proceeded to respond with an 8-0 push of their own with six of those points coming from the free throw line. SFA held a 26-25 advantage with just 35 seconds left before halftime but Nicholls' Hope Pawloski hit a jumper and was fouled in the process, missed the free throw but the Colonels gathered one of their nine first half offensive rebounds and it led to a Babin jumper as time expired.
The Ladyjacks will next travel to Hammond, La. to take on the Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions (10-13, 3-9) for a 2 p.m. tipoff.