Nov. 14, 2008
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - The Ladyjack basketball team placed four players in double-figures on Friday night, taking a wire-to-wire win over Prairie View A&M, 69-58, at the William Nicks Building.
The win is the first season-opening victory for SFA (1-0) under Lee Ann Riley and avenges last year's loss to the Panthers (0-1), giving the Ladyjacks a 4-1 lead in the all-time series.
Tammara Marion led the way for the Ladyjacks with 19 points, including 5-for-11 shootin g from behind the three-point arc, but it was the free throw shooting for SFA that really proved to be the difference. SFA was 26-of-37 from the stripe compared to just 9-of-28 for the Panthers, led by 10 free throws from Whitney Cormier.
Cormier finished with 12 points, with Jordan Ford also contributing 15 with eight rebounds and Ebony Alexander also finishing with 11 points including five free throws.
It was Alexander that got the game going with a floater from the left side for SFA's first bucket, a lead they never gave back. The Ladyjacks led by as much as 10 in the first half, and drew a pair of fouls in the first three minutes on reigning SWAC Player of the Year Candice Thomas to force her to the bench for the remainder of the half. Despite Thomas' absence though, PVAM pulled within point at 28-27 on a jumper by Dominique Smith, but the Natashia Green answered with a three-pointer on the next possession as SFA went on a 7-0 run to close out the half and go in with a 35-27 lead.
SFA then went to the free throw stripe 23 times in the second half, making 16 of them to keep PVAM at arm's length, primarily behind t 13 points from Marion. The Panthers did not aide their cause much, only going 4-for-19 from the stripe in the second half.
Once again SFA pushed its lead to double digits at 43-33 on a jumper by Ford, but the Panthers steadily clawed back to pull within three at 58-55, but that was as close as they got. SFA made nine free throws in the final minute, sandwiched around a key jumper by Marion to pull out the win.
SFA opens up the home portion of the season on Monday when it hosts Houston Baptist at 7:00 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum.