Ladyjacks Hold Off SMU Charge In 66-60 Victory
Dec. 30, 2011
DALLAS, Texas - Tammara Marion scored a team-high 19 points and the SFA Ladyjacks held off a second half surge by SMU to take down the Mustangs 66-60 at Moody Coliseum Friday evening.
SFA (10-2) won their second straight game against a Conference USA opponent and will finish off their non-conference portion of their schedule New Years Day against Tulane.
The Ladyjacks had a tremendous first half on Friday in which they outscored the Mustangs 34-26 behind hot-shooting from Marion. The senior guard scored 17 of her 19 points in the game's first 20 minutes, including four made three-pointers.
Just has been the case the previous two games though, SMU came out of to start the second half and quickly got back into the ballgame and eventually took a six-point lead at the eight minute mark.
However, the Ladyjacks would not back down and received a strong performance from Courtney Conwright and Ashley Bettis down the stretch. Conwright took over the point guard duties for an extended portion of the second half while Marion got a breather and answered the bell with eight points and a season-high six assists. Bettis pitched In 13 points, including 2-of-3 from three-point territory and played tenacious defense on the perimeter.
Freshman forward Porsha Roberts had 10 points and seven rebounds and tied a career-high with five blocks and two steals in 26 minutes of action.
SMU (7-6) was led in scoring by Samantha Mahnesmith's 17 points, followed by Akil Simpson's (11 points) and Kristin Hernandez (10 points).
Following Sunday's game at Tulsa the Ladyjacks will open up Southland Conference play Jan. 7 at Southeastern Louisiana at 3 p.m.