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    Ladyjacks Fall in Nail-Biter
    Sophomore Jennifer Simpson
    Sophomore Jennifer Simpson

    Feb. 26, 2005

    Box Score

    NATCHITOCHES, La. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball team lost another heart-breaker when Northwestern State's Ashley Sparkman followed up a missed shot with her lone field goal of the game to hand the Lady Demons a 72-71 win over SFA Saturday afternoon at Prather Coliseum. The Ladyjacks fall to 12-13 (.480) on the season and 6-8 (.426) in Southland Conference play.

    The Ladyjacks fell behind by 12 points, 49-37, with 4:38 remaining in the first half, before mounting a charge. The Ladyjacks outscored Northwestern State, 14-2, over the final 4:38 in a run that was capped by a Jennifer Simpson's three-pointer as time expired. SFA went into the intermission tied at 31 with the homestanding Lady Demons. Simpson finished the game with five points.

    Northwestern State began the second half in similar fashion to the first surging back out to a double-digit advantage, 47-37, with 13:30 remaining. The Lady Demons opened the half on a 16-6 run led by Diamond Cosby's game-high 21 points.

    But the Ladyjacks again mounted a rally led by senior Alex Bowman. SFA went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to three points, 70-67, with just under two minutes remaining behind Bowman's 16 points and six rebounds. Junior Britany Vinson tied the game at 70 when she nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key with only 51 seconds on the clock. After a missing a layup and getting fouled, classmate Kirby Killingsworth gave the Ladyjacks a one-point advantage, 71-70, with 16 seconds left.

    On the next possession, Northwestern State got the ball in the hands of Sheronda Bell who drove the length of the court but missed the lay-up but Sparkman was their for the rebound and the put back to record the victory.

    Senior Stacey Szymanski scored 11 points, while classmate Zedralyn Butler added 10 points and seven rebounds. Junior Kendria Smith scored three points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

    The Ladyjacks return to action Tuesday when they travel to San Antonio, Texas to take on UTSA. The game against the Roadrunners is slated to begin at 6 p.m., from the Convocation Center.