Ladyjacks Edged at ULM
Dec. 8, 2013
MONROE, La. – The Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team could not hold onto the lead on the road on Sunday afternoon as the Ladyjacks fell 85-83 to Louisiana-Monroe. SFA held its largest lead of six points with 8:00 left to play, but the Warhawks would go on a 14-2 run to go up 77-71 before holding off a late charge by the Ladyjacks.
SFA (3-6) tried to make a comeback, pulling within three points with 2:07 left, but ULM (3-3) was able to hit its free throws down the stretch. The Ladyjacks went 0-for-4 from the field over the closing moments.
Junior point guard Brittney Matthew led the Ladyjacks with a career-high 22 points. Matthew was 6-of-12 from the field and hit 9-of-11 free throws. She also added four assist and two steals.
Three other players joined Matthew with double-digit scoring efforts. Porsha Roberts put 14 points on the board, and Tierany Henderson contributed 12 points. Daylyn Harris returned to double digits with 11 points after going scoreless on Wednesday at TCU. Henderson also pulled down seven rebounds.
After struggling to get to the free-throw line at TCU on Wednesday night, the Ladyjacks went often against ULM. SFA shot 29-of-36 at the line for its best free-throw percentage on the year at 80.6.
Turnovers played a key role in the game for SFA, forcing ULM to omit 18. The Ladyjacks were able to convert that into 25 points compared to ULM’s 11 points off turnovers, but it was not enough.
ULM also had four players score in double digits led by Ashleigh Simmons with 22. Jasmine Shaw scored 16 points, and Alexar Tugler also added 16 and was 3-of-4 from long range. Elexar Tugler scored 14 for ULM. Simmons posted a double-double with 11 rebounds as well.
The Ladyjacks will return home for an extended homestand. SFA will play its next five games in the comforts of William R. Johnson Coliseum and will not play a road game until Jan. 9 at Houston Baptist.
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