Porsha Roberts blocked three shots in SFA's win over CSUB Saturday.
Nov. 24, 2012
SFA 76-CSUB 71
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Sophomore center Porsha Roberts established career-highs with 31 points and 17 rebounds to help lead the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks to a 76-71 victory over the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners Saturday afternoon at the Cal Poly Thanksgiving Tournament.
Roberts, whose previous career-highs were 24 points and 15 rebounds, recorded her third double-double of the season and second in as many days. The Waco, Texas native went 10-of-13 from the field, 11-of-15 at the free throw line and had 11 offensive rebounds and three blocks. Roberts was joined in double-digit scoring by sophomore Ashley Bettis, who scored 12 points all via three-pointers (4-of-6).
SFA (4-2) had perhaps their best first half of the season and opened up a 24-10 advantage with 11:52 remaining following a three-pointer from Bettis. The Roadrunners were eventually able to cut into that margin but the Ladyjacks still took a 40-35 lead into halftime, marking the first time this season SFA led at the half. In the first 20 minutes the Ladyjacks shot 42 percent (14-of-33) from the field and 56 percent from beyond the arch (5-of-9).
The Ladyjacks never trailed in the second half but they did get quite a scare when the Roadrunners rallied from a 72-58 deficit with 3:07 remaining to cut the lead down to 72-70 with just 1:03 left in the game following a layup from CSUB's Alyssa Shannon. However, SFA got a clutch layup from sophomore point guard Brittney Matthew to extend the lead to 74-70 and after Shannon split a trip at the free throw line, Roberts was able to put the game on ice with two made free throws with nine seconds remaining to make the final score of 76-71.
CSUB (1-4) had four players score in double-figures led by 17 points from Tyonna Outland. She was followed by Ciarra Ford (15 points), Amber Williams (12 points) and Brooklynn Hinkens (10 points). The Ladyjacks' defense limited the Roadrunners to just 35 percent shooting for the game and forced 16 turnovers, of which SFA turned into 16 points of their own.
As has been the case much of the 2012 season SFA once again won the bench scoring battle 26-18 and also had an edge in second-chance points, 24-15.
SFA will now get nearly a week away from game action before they continue their current six-game road trip on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Grambling. Tipoff against the Lady Tigers is scheduled for 7 p.m.