Ladyjacks Stumble Against Mustangs
Nov. 23, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin women's basketball team hosted the undefeated SMU Mustangs on Saturday evening and could not get over the hump in the second half after closing the lead to just three points multiple times. The Ladyjacks fell 81-69 to a Mustang team that is receiving votes in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll.
After struggling from beyond the arc early in the season, SFA (2-3) got hot early in the contest against SMU (5-0) hitting 4-of-5 to grab an early lead. The Ladyjacks' hot shooting pushed the lead to as many has eight points six minutes into the game, but SMU was able to chip away and regain the lead thanks to an 18-7 run to close the half. The Mustangs took a 41-35 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Tierany Henderson and Daylyn Harris both hit 3-pointers for the Ladyjacks early in the game and then got cold in the second half. Henderson was 4-of-11 from beyond the arc while Harris was 2-of-4. Henderson led the team in scoring with 14 points on the night for her season-high. Antionette Carter also posted 14 points for the Ladyjacks shooting 6-of-13 from the field. Harris and Porsha Roberts joined the pair in double digits with 10 points apiece.
SMU came into Saturday's game with five players averaging at least 10 points a game. That balanced attack provided the spark the Mustangs needed to come from behind in the first half and hold off the Ladyjacks in the second.
Keena Mays posted 26 points for SMU after hitting 8-of-17 from the field and 7-of-9 free throws. Akil Simpson also scored 20 points, banging inside for 6-of-11 from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 at the line.
Free throws played a crucial role in the game in the second half as the Mustangs shot 14-of-15 in the second stanza and 25-of-29 for the game. The Ladyjacks only attempted 12 free throws in the loss and took only five in the second half.
Turnovers also plagued both teams, but SMU was able to take advantage more often of SFA's mistakes. Both teams committed 17 turnovers. The Mustangs converted that into 24 points off of SFA turnovers compared to SFA's 16 points off turnovers.
The Ladyjacks will have next week to prepare for Prairie View A&M and Kent State at the David Jones Memorial Classic hosted by the Houston Cougars. SFA takes on the Panthers at noon Saturday, November 30 and then face the Golden Flashes at 1 p.m. the following day.