Ladyjacks Crush Islanders
Feb. 28, 2009
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The final outcome of the Stephen F. Austin/Texas A&M-Corpus Christi game was not in doubt for very long as the Ladyjacks cruised to a 33-point victory, 87-54, Saturday night in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks improved to 14-12 on the season, and 9-5 Southland Conference play, and keep pace with Southeastern Louisiana for the top spot in the league's east division.
The game was close for about the first 5:30 minutes, until Lee Ann Riley's troops turned up the defensive intensity in a way they hadn't done all season. The Ladyjacks went on a 17-4 run over the next 6:37 of the game to take a 16-point lead and never looked back. The Ladyjacks forced Texas A&M-Corpus Christi into 24 first-half turnovers, and converted the mistakes into 24 points. SFA took a 35-20 lead into the locker room.
Led by freshman Schera Sampson's 16 points, and an SFA defense that recorded 18 steals, the Ladyjacks pushed their lead to as many as 38 in the second half, 62-24, with just under 11 minutes remaining. The Islanders went on a mini run to cut the deficit back to respectability, but never seriously threatened SFA in the second half.
The Ladyjacks shot 46 percent for the game, including a 54-percent clip in the second half, while holding the Islanders to 37 percent. The Ladyjacks dominated their visitors in several key areas of the game. SFA outscored Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 40-16 in the paint, and turned 37 Islander turnovers into 44 points. The most telling stat of the game was the Ladyjacks' reserves who scored 55 of the team's 57 points.
Three Ladyjacks finished the game in double figures, and all but one player scored for SFA. Along with Sampson's 16 points, freshman Tammara Marion added 21 and sophomore Chantol Drennan chipped in 11. The Ladyjacks had 10 players who scored at least six points, and five who scored at least eight. The Islanders were led by Shaye Montgomery's 12 points.
The Ladyjacks return to action Wednesday when they travel to Conway, Ark., to take on Central Arkansas. The game against the Sugar Bears is the final road game of the season, and is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from the Farris Center.