SFA head coach Lee Ann Riley
Nov. 26, 2005
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball team lost to Chattanooga, 78-69, Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the 2005 Lady Rebel Shootout, hosted by UNLV. The Ladyjacks dropped to 1-3 (.250) on the season.
Despite a 26-point, 10-rebound effort from senior LaToya Mills, the Ladyjacks were unable to pull out the victory. The game shaped up as a close battle early as neither team could gain more than a one-point advantage. There were 10 lead changes in the first half, but all that changed when Lady Mocs' head coach Wes Moore inserted Brooke Hand into the lineup. UTC owned a three-point advantage before Hand sparked a 23-6 run by going 5-of-5 from beyond the three-point line and help the Lady Mocs build a 47-26 advantage heading into halftime. Hand finished the game with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
SFA started sluggish in the second half committing five consecutive turnovers. Chattanooga took advantage of the SFA miscues and built a 32-point advantage. The Ladyjacks went on a 22-3 run to cut the lead to 17 points, 72-55, with 3:33 remaining. The Ladyjacks continued to chip away at the lead and cut it to as many as seven points behind Nikki Carr's 10 points and four assists, but the Ladyjacks could get no closer as UTC held on for the victory.
The Ladyjacks return to action Friday when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete in the USAFA Tournament. SFA will take on High Point at 8:30 p.m., in the first game of the tournament.