Lucky 7: Ladyjacks Move To 7-0 With Win Over Hilltoppers
Dec. 3, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Tammara Marion scored a game-high 26 points and the Ladyjacks as a team had their best offensive effort of the season in a runaway 78-50 victory over St. Edwards Saturday evening at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA remained undefeated on the season, improving to 7-0 for just the fourth time in program history.
The Ladyjacks (7-0) shot a season-high 50 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three-point land (9-of-24). SFA forced 23 turnovers and limited St. Edwards to just 37 percent from the field and won the points off turnovers battle, 27-17.
"Lately we've put an emphasis on two things offensively," SFA head coach Brandon Schneider said. "We wanted to finish around the basket better and cut down on our turnovers. Tonight we had our lowest amount of turnovers (13) this season."
Marion carried the Ladyjacks in the first half where she scored 23 of her 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting, which included 4-of-7 on three-pointers. The Hilltoppers actually led 25-23 with 4:22 left in the first half before SFA exploded offensively to go on a 14-1 run to close the half and take a 37-26 halftime lead.
During that stretch Marion scored nine points and made two of her five three-pointers on the evening.
"Marion got a lot of open looks and we put her at the point a majority of the night but there were times she was coming off the ball and we tried to set screens for her as much as possible to free her up," Schneider said. "When she gets in a rhythm like that and takes advantage of those looks she can have a game like she did tonight."
The Ladyjacks cruised in the second half, never seeing their lead drop below double-digits and climbing as high as 31 points with a minute remaining in the game. Joining Marion in double-digit scoring was freshman Porsha Roberts (10 points), followed by eights points a piece from Daylyn Harris and Annette Davis.
St. Edwards (3-5) was led in scoring by Sarah Milewski (9 points) and Maddie Wheeler (8 points).
SFA will face their toughest challenge of the season thus far when they travel to Arkansas Tuesday for a 7 p.m. contest. Schneider was already emphasizing the challenge it was going to take to knock off the Razorbacks following Saturday's victory.
"We're going on the road to face a very tough Arkansas team," Schneider said. "We know we've got a few Conference USA teams here coming up but right now our focus shifts to Arkansas."