Ladyjacks Complete Comeback Against Panthers
Nov. 16, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – A day after making a late push and coming up short, the Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team was able to hold onto the momentum and finish a come-from-behind victory over Georgia State on Saturday in action during the consolation bracket of the Preseason Women’s NIT. The Ladyjacks overcame a 13-point deficit over the final nine minutes of play to earn the win 66-60.
Porsha Roberts had another strong game inside for the Ladyjacks (1-2) putting 23 points on the board on 7-of-13 shooting. She was stellar at the free-throw line hitting 9-of-10. Roberts also pulled down seven rebounds and swatted four blocks.
Turnovers plagued both teams with SFA committing 28 and Georgia State (0-3) surrendering possession 22 times. But it was at the free-throw line where SFA pulled away and was able to complete the comeback by hitting shots at the line in the second half.
SFA was 29-of-38 (76.3 percent) on the afternoon and hit 16-of-20 in the second half. Georgia State was also shot well at the line but did not have as many trips hitting 16-of-20 to play a key role in the victory for SFA.
The Ladyjacks trailed by three points at the half, 26-23, and Georgia State came out of the break and extended the lead. SFA chipped away at the deficit and took its first lead of the contest with 46 seconds remaining on a layup by Rogers to go up 61-60. She hit her free throw to complete the three-point play and then swatted a block and pulled down the rebound on Georgia State’s ensuing possession to help seal the victory.
With her 23 points Roberts is now averaging 22 points per game.
Roberts was joined in double figures by Daylyn Harris and Brittney Matthew. Harris added 13 points and five rebounds to the victory, and Matthew had 12 points making 7-of-8 free throws. Playing a key role on the glass was Tierany Henderson, who pulled down nine rebounds in the victory.
Georgia State saw Kayla Nolan have another strong showing with 25 points to lead all scorers in the contest. She also led the Panthers with seven rebounds. Kendra Long scored 11 points for Georgia State.
The Ladyjacks will hit the road for a midweek game at Arizona on Wednesday night. SFA will take on the Wildcats at 8 p.m. CT. A live stream will be available online at arizonawildcats.com. Arizona (1-2) will be coming off a 51-49 victory over UC Santa Barbara on the road Saturday.
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