Annette Davis and the Ladyjacks closed the regular season with a 70-68 victory at Northwestern State Saturday.
March 3, 2012
SFA 70, NSU 68
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Tammara Marion hit a game-winning jumper with nine seconds remaining and the Ladyjacks claimed their 21st win of the season with a 70-68 victory at Northwestern State Saturday afternoon.
SFA (21-8, 11-5) enters the Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will officially play Lamar Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in Katy. The Ladyjacks defeated Lamar 61-51 on Feb. 22, the only meeting this season between the two teams.
Marion scored a team-high 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting and was helped by another solid performance from freshman Porsha Roberts, who scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Northwestern State (6-23, 2-14) received a tremendous performance from Jordi James, who came up one point shy of tying her career high with 31 points on 10-of-21 shooting and made five of eight from three-point territory.
Trudy Armstead (16 points) and Ronikka Drake (12 points) also scored in double-figures for the Lady Demons.
The Ladyjacks dominated Northwestern State by winning the points in paint battle 34-18 and won the rebounding war 41-25. SFA won despite committing 20 turnovers of which the Lady Demons converted into 19 points.
After allowing Northwestern State to shoot 54 percent from the floor in the first half, SFA tightened their defense and limited the Lady Demons to just 35 percent in the second half.
After jumping out to a quick start and developing a 10-point lead, the Ladyjacks quickly found themselves in a dog fight as Northwestern State's offense came to life. The Lady Demons shot 54 percent from the floor in the first half, including 60 percent (6-of-10) from three-point territory to close out the half trailing just 42-40.
Roberts had a monster first half with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting , followed by eight points from Marion and seven points a piece from Brittney Matthew and Ashlee Mells.