Nov. 6, 2009
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball team shot 42 percent from the field Friday night to defeat Ouachita Baptist, 81-62, in the team's final exhibition contest before the start of the 2009-10 regular season.
"We've got a lot to work on prior to Saturday's opener, but I like the effort from our ladies," said head coach Lee Ann Riley. "These two exhibitions give us plenty of film to breakdown so we can correct our mistakes and move forward. We've got to learn to keep our intensity up for a full 40 minutes. We seem to build big leads and then let up a little. Basically, we stop doing the things that helped us get the advantage. Those are things we will get corrected."
In similar fashion to the game Monday night, the Ladyjacks amped up the defense from the start and rode that intensity to the victory. SFA held the Lady Tigers to a 35-percent shooting performance in the opening half, and also forced the visitors into 22 miscues in the opening 20 minutes. The Ladyjacks took a 15-point lead into the locker room.
The Ladyjacks built their lead to as many as 27 points before OBU made a run to make the game interesting. The Lady Tigers went on a 30-14 run midway through the second half to cut SFA's advantage to 11 points, 68-57, with 6:34 remaining. The Ladyjacks settled down and eventually pushed the lead back to 21 points.
The Ladyjacks were led by sophomore Tammara Marion who netted a game-high 15 points. Classmate Cambria Smith recorded a double-double with her 14 points and 10 assists. Senior Whitney Cormier just misted a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds.
The Ladyjacks shot better than 40 percent in both halves and finished the game 30-of-72. OBU was held to a 23-of-61 (.377) performance. The Ladyjacks also outrebounded their guests 47-42.
"I happy with (Cambria's) production at the point, but I don't like the turnovers," said Riley. "I'm real pleased with the work of both Cambria and Courtney (Conwright). They are both very coachable athletes who make us better on defense."
The Ladyjacks return to action Saturday, Nov. 14, when they host North Texas. The game against the Mean Green is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from the William R. Johnson Coliseum. Fans who bring three canned food items will receive free admission to the contest. The donations will be for Nacogdoches Hope and Harvest House.