Sophomore Tierany Henderson and the Ladyjacks fell to Lamar, 69-65 Thursday afternoon.
March 14, 2013
LU 69-SFA 65
KATY, Texas - A valiant effort by the seventh-seeded Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks women's basketball team came up just short against the third-seeded Lamar Lady Cardinals on Thursday afternoon, with SFA falling 69-65 in the quarterfinals of the Southland Conference Tournament at the Leonard E. Merrell Center.
SFA (14-17) and Lamar (21-9) exchanged the lead 11 times all the way until 3:25 left in the game when the Lady Cardinals' Dominque Edwards broke a 55-55 tie with a three-pointer, followed by five more points from the sophomore transfer to help separate themselves from the Ladyjacks.
The Ladyjacks closed the gap to 65-50 with 45 seconds remaining and then forced a Lamar turnover that turned into a made basket and apparent three-point play opportunity for Porsha Roberts, however the sophomore center was whistled for an offensive foul that for all intents and purposes ended the SFA comeback opportunity.
Sophomores Tierany Henderson and Porsha Roberts and senior Ashlee Mells all scored 10 points apiece to lead the Ladyjacks in scoring. The Lady Cardinals were led by senior guard Kalis Loyd, who scored a game-high 22 points before injuring her right foot at the 12-minute mark. Meanwhile, Edwards scored 19 points with 14 of those coming in the all-important second half.
SFA hurt themselves with 24 turnovers that resulted in 33 points for Lamar. The Lady Cardinals swept the season-series from SFA, 3-0, forcing a combined 81 turnovers (27 per game) in the three contests.
In the first half both teams shot lights out from the field but it was Lamar who took a 40-37 lead going into the locker rooms. The two teams combined for seven lead changes and SFA shot 52 percent from the field opposed to 46 percent from the Lady Cardinals. Lamar's Loyd scored 15 points and got going at the charity stripe where she went 7-of-8. Meanwhile Henderson led SFA with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting and was one of nine Ladyjacks to get into the scoring column in the first half.
Lamar initially jumped out to an 11-5 lead but SFA came roaring back with a 14-4 run of their own to give the Ladyjacks a 19-15 advantage. Both teams closed the half by exchanging the lead several times and the Lady Cardinals were able to hang around and grab the halftime lead by taking advantage of 13 SFA turnovers that resulted in 21 points for Lamar.
The Ladyjacks lose three seniors to graduation from this year's squad in Mells, Annette Davis and Wykeia Sanders.