Sophomore center Porsha Roberts scored a career-high 24 points but it came in a 72-68 loss to Wiley.
Nov. 17, 2012
Wiley 71-SFA 68
NACOGDOCHES, Texas- Porsha Roberts scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds but it was not enough to keep the Wiley College Wildcats from upsetting the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks 71-68 Saturday afternoon at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
For the first time in three games SFA (2-1) lost the battle of the benches, 28-12 and 21 turnovers resulted in 23 Wiley points. The Wildcats (5-0) got double-digit scoring efforts from Danisha Shaw (16 points), Jean Spears (14 points) and Latika Smith (10 points).
SFA jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the game's first four minutes but Wiley erased the deficit in just a few minutes and took the lead for good at the 11:33 mark of the first half when Spears drained a jumper to give the Wildcats a 12-10 advantage. From that point on the Ladyjacks never took the lead again.
After going into halftime trailing 34-25 the Ladyjacks made a spirited comeback in the latter stages of the second half and with five minutes remaining in the contest trailed just 60-56. With 1:23 remaining in the game Roberts made a jumper to cut the deficit to 67-66 but Kayla Brown pushed the lead back to 69-66 with 51 seconds remaining on a made jumper from the right wing. Roberts responded with another made layup with 11 seconds left to make the score 69-68 but Wiley's Shaw made two critical free throws with 10 seconds left to push the Wildcats lead to 71-68.
SFA had one last chance to try and tie the game with six seconds remaining but Tierany Henderson's three-point shot rattled off the rim and despite the Ladyjacks getting the offensive rebound, SFA was unable to get off a clean three-point shot as the final buzzer went off.
The Ladyjacks shot just 36 percent from the floor for the game and only 19 percent from beyond the arch (4-of-21). Roberts went 9-of-14 from the field and 6-of-9 from the charity stripe for her 24 points.
SFA will be back at home on Tuesday, Nov. 20 when they host Northwood at 5:30 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with men's basketball.