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    Ladyjack Game Notes: vs Central Arkansas & UTSA
    SFA will split a pair of games on the road and at home this week at UCA and vs UTSA.
    SFA will split a pair of games on the road and at home this week at UCA and vs UTSA.

    Jan. 11, 2011

    Central Arkansas/UTSA Game Notes

    Stephen F. Austin at Central Arkansas
    Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 • 7:00 p.m. (CST)
    Farris Center (5,500) • Conway, Ark.
    Radio: Q107.7 FM • TV: None • Online:

    Stephen F. Austin vs UTSA
    Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 • 2:00 p.m. (CST)
    William R. Johnson Coliseum (7,203) • Nacogdoches, Texas
    Radio: None • TV: None • Online:

    4-10, 1-0 SLC
    Last 5/Streak: 2-3/W1
    Coach: Brandon Schneider
    Career: 310-82 (13th season)
    At SFA: 4-10 (1st season)
    SID: Ben Rikard

    Sugar Bears
    8-6, 0-1 SLC
    Last 5/Streak: 3-2/L1
    Coach: Matt Daniel
    Career: 35-37 (3rd season)
    At UCA: Same
    SID: Josh Goff

    4-10, 0-1 SLC
    Last 5/Streak: 1-4/L4
    Coach: Rae Rippetoe-Blair
    Career: 287-177 (16th season)
    At UTSA: 180-133 (11th season)
    SID: Jordan Korphage

    After picking up a win in the Southland Conference opener against Southeastern Louisiana, SFA gets its first weekly double-dose of league play this week when it takes on two of the top teams in the league from one year ago in Central Arkansas and UTSA.  

    The Ladyjacks forced 20 turnovers and had three players in double-figure scoring, led by Jordan Ford’s 12 points and eight rebounds in earning a 66-55 win over Southeastern Louisiana at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

    SFA is 6-0 all-time against the Sugar Bears with all six meetings coming since UCA entered the Southland Conference in 2006-07. Last year the Ladyjacks took both meetings in the series, including an 88-86 win in Nacogdoches when Tammara Marion won the game with a buzzer-beating three with no time remaining on the clock. The Sugar Bears are coming off a 10-point loss to Lamar on Saturday that came after UCA had won six of their previous seven games.

    vs UTSA
    UTSA is struggling to break out of a four-game losing skid after dropping Saturday’s league opener on the road to Sam Houston State. In fact, the Roadrunners will be looking to pick up their first road win of the year on Saturday when it comes to Nacogdoches, having dropped each of its first six games this season away from the Convocation Center. SFA is 32-8 all-time against the Runners, including last season’s 77-61 win in San Antonio that clinched a share of the SLC championship for SFA.

    Fans can listen live to Wednesday’s game against Central Arkansas on KTBQ 107.7 FM with Ben Rikard on the call from Conway, Ark. Live stats will also be available on Wednseday at

    Saturday’s game vs UTSA can be followed on Gametracker at, and watched via SFA All-Access at

    SFA has just a single game on the slate next week, traveling to Texas Hall on Saturday, Jan. 22, to take on UT-Arlington in a 2:00 p.m. matinee game.

    SINGING SONGS ABOUT THE SOUTHLAND: The Ladyjacks win over Southeastern in the league opener was the fourth consecutive SLC opening win for SFA, and puts hte program at 22-2 all-time in Southland Conference opening games and continues SFA’s mark of having never lost a league opener at William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks have won 15 SLC champsionships and are 322-65 (.832) all-time in SLC play,  having only had a sub-.500 record in league play once, in 2005.       

    SCHNEIDER’S DEBUT SEASON: This season is marking the beginning of a new era in Ladjack basketball as Brandon Schneider is in his debut as SFA’s head coach. Schneider is the eighth head coach in SFA history and comes to Nacogdoches on the heels of a 12-year career and a national title last season at Emporia State University in Kansas. SFA’s loss in his opening game is not an unusual occurence for new Ladyjack coaches as SFA’s previous coaches are now just 2-6 all-time in their debut game; however, with over 300 career wins to his credit, Schneider picked up his first win at SFA over UTPA and is looking to continue a trend of overall early success by SFA coaches as each of the last three SFA skippers have won no less than 22 games in their debut year.

    DISTANCE LEARNING: Junior guard Tammara Marion has picked up where she left off last season in long-distance shooting and after draining three triples against Southeastern La., she moved into SFA’s all-time top five and 32 short of Dayna Reed’s all-time mark of 178 threes in a career, and her 45 threes this year is just 18 shy of tying SFA’s single-season record of 63. Marion has hit no less than two treys in each of SFA’s 14 games to date and is currently leading SFA and the SLC in both scoring (17.4 ppg) and 3-pt makes per game (3.2 pg), while ranking third in the SLC in 3-pt percentage (41.7) and free throw percentage (87.8). If she were to finish the season with the league’s scoring crown, she would be the first Ladyjack to do so since Anitra Davis in 1999.

    SAWYER’S BLOCK PARTY: Through the first nine games of the season the Ladyjacks were ranked in the bottom five teams in the nation in blocked shots, having rejected just seven shots in those nine games with five of those being from junior post Amina Sawyer. But Sawyer earned her first start of the season against Arkansas State and doubled her season total with a career-high five rejections against the Red Wolves. Her presence on the court has sparked SFA in the blocks department overall as well with the Ladyjacks having blocked 21 shots in the five games since she entered the starting lineup, 16 of which are from Sawyer.

    TAKE ALL THE FREEBIES YOU CAN GET: The last two seasons SFA has been a solid team from the charity stripe, and this year it seems to be an effective scoring tool for it again. The Ladjacks have hit 70.5 percent of their free shots this season, which is fourth in the SLC.  They have attempted and made the second-most free throws in the league, trailing only defending league champion Lamar in that category.

    FIRST OF IT’S KIND: In more than 30 years of basketball, the Ladyjacks had played 29 overtime games entering its game against Tulsa, but never had a Ladyjack game exceded a single overtime period. That all changed Sunday when SFA trekked into uncharted territory against the Golden Hurricane, eventually falling 89-87 in the school’s first double-OT game.

    COUNT ON THE LONGBALL: SFA has made a three-point bucket in each of its last 44 games dating back to March 7, 2009, against UTSA when SFA went 0-for-14 from distance in a 65-51 loss to the ‘Runners. In fact, in that 44-game streak, SFA has hit multiple threes in every contest.

    FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS: In the last five games the Ladyjack’s offensive production has gone up, and logic would have it that it’s because they are sharing the ball much better than earlier in the year. In the last three games SFA has made 120 shots, with assists coming on 76 of them (19 assists per game). Guard Tammara Marion averaged 5.2 assists per game in that span and the Ladyjacks had a season high 26 assists as a team against Houston Baptist, the most since they had 28 assists at Sam Houston State on Jan. 20, 2007.

    RECORD WATCHES: Last season sophomore Tammara Marion became the seventh Ladyjack to record 100 career three-pointers for her career, and after knocking down six triples against Tulsa she currently sits at 146 for her career. If she hits her career average again this year for three-pointers in a season she will move into the program’s all-time top five with a year of eligibility remaining. Ebony Alexander is also inching her way toward one of SFA’s top-10s after getting one assist in her return to the court against Southeastern Louisiana, giving her 357 for her career, just 12 shy of Lashinda Winters’ who holds the No. 10 spot all-time in SFA history with 369.

    800-WIN CLUB: The Ladyjacks became the sixth member of an exclusive club with their 73-40 victory over Sam Houston State in 2007-08. SFA became only the sixth women’s program in NCAA Division I history to record 800 wins. The Ladyjacks joined Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, Texas and James Madison as the only schools to ever accomplish the feat. Making the victory more special was the fact that it was Sue Gunter Day on the SFA campus. Tennessee Tech also  joined the 800-win club in 2008-09.