Ladyjacks Sneak By Islanders On Senior Day
March 9, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks basketball team closed the 2012-13 regular season in winning fashion on Saturday with a 58-52 victory over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders on Senior Night at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA (13-16, 8-10) will next enter the Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 7 seed and will face No. 6 Central Arkansas in the first round on Wednesday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m.
On Saturday sophomore center Porsha Roberts led the Ladyjacks in scoring with 15 points, followed by 11 points from sophomore forward Tierany Henderson. As a team the Ladyjacks shot 49 percent from the field compared to just 31 percent from the Islanders.
The Ladyjacks played a solid first half, opening their biggest lead of the day at the 1:17 mark (36-21) before going into the locker room with a 36-26 advantage. In the first 20 minutes Roberts scored 10 of her team-high 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. SFA made 14-of-22 (64%) shots from the floor in the first half but did committ 13 turnovers to keep the Islanders in the game.
In the second half the Islanders' offense picked up immediately, going on a 12-0 run in the first three minutes to take a 38-36 lead over SFA at the 16:45 mark. The Islanders' run continued from that point with A&M-CC gaining a lead as big as 46-38 with 12:30 left in the game.
The SFA defense clamped down though over the final 12 minutes, holding AMCC to just six points the rest of the way. Over that stretch the Ladyjacks outscored the Islanders 20-6. The Ladyjacks took the lead for good with 4:17 left in the game on a layup from Daylyn Harris, giving SFA a 51-49 advantage.