Nov. 20, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team traveled to take on the Arizona Wildcats on Wednesday night looking for a quality nonconference win over a team from a major conference. After trailing by 11 points at the half, the Ladyjacks came out of the break to turn the tables and post another come-from-behind victory in the second half, besting Arizona 60-56.
Junior point guard Brittney Matthew was strong in the first half with 12 points to tie her career-high, and her teammates took over in the second half. Antionette Carter tallied 15 points on the game as she shot 4-of-8 from the field and was 6-of-8 at the free-throw line. Daylyn Harris also came up big for the Ladyjacks, scoring 10 points and hitting clutch free throws down the stretch, as she was 6-of-9 at the line. Carter was strong on the glass for SFA as well pulling down seven rebounds on the night.
Junior center Porsha Roberts was limited offensively as she only had five shot attempts, making one and hitting 3-of-4 free throws to tally five points. But the all-conference performer still made an impact on the game. Roberts was effective on defense as she swatted five blocks and diverted a number of other drives to the basket with her presence in the paint.
Turnovers played a big role in the second half with the Ladyjacks able to pressure Arizona (1-3) into mistakes and converting them into points. SFA (2-2) won the battle of points off turnovers 7-3 in the second half and the bench came to play as well. The Ladyjacks’ bench outscored Arizona’s 17-2 in the second half and 25-8 overall, thanks in part to the 15 scored by Carter.
The victory marks the first win for SFA against an opponent from one of the power six conferences since defeating Missouri on the road in 2007.
SFA held an early lead in the first half, but Arizona was able to counter. The Ladyjacks kept it close and after pulling within one point at 19-18 with 8:38 left in the half, Arizona went on a 16-6 run to close the opening period and take a 35-24 lead at the break.
It was the Ladyjacks’ turn to respond in the second half, and they did.
Besides outscoring Arizona 36-21 in the second half, SFA held Arizona to shooting just 18.5 percent (5-of-27) in the second half. Also after going 0-for-8 from 3-point range in the first half, the Ladyjacks got hot late in the game from deep hitting 4-of-9 in the second half to help with the comeback.
SFA returns home this weekend for a matchup against SMU at 6 p.m. Saturday at William R. Johnson Coliseum. Fans can get into the game for free by bringing an unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.
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