Ladyjacks Travel to Huntsville to Take on SHSU

Jan. 14, 2005

The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball team will look to bounce back from its heart-breaking 79-72 loss against Louisiana-Monroe, Thursday night, as they take on Sam Houston State. The Ladyjacks enter the game with the Bearkats with a 7-6 (.538) overall mark and a 1-1 (.500) Southland Conference record. Sam Houston State is 4-9 (.308) overall and 1-1 (.500) in the SLC. Despite the loss at ULM, the Ladyjacks have still won six of their last nine games.

The Coaches: SFA head coach Lee Ann Riley is 55-44 (.556) in her fourth season with the Ladyjacks. She is 186-102 (.646) in her 10th season with the Ladyjacks. Sam Houston State head coach James Hatchell is 11-30 (.268) in his second season with the Bearkats.

SFA vs. the Bearkats: The Ladyjacks have dominated the all-time series against Sam Houston State, owning a 53-4 (.930) all-time record against their rivals. The Ladyjacks have won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Bearkats but split the season series last year with each team winning on its opponent's home floor. The Ladyjacks recorded a 70-54 decision last year in Huntsville.

Tradition of Winning: The SFA Ladyjack basketball program has been one of the most dominant programs in women's basketball history. The Ladyjacks are among the nation's all-time top 10 with 745 wins. The Ladyjacks are also among the all-time top 10 with a .737 winning percentage (745-266).

Tradition of Winning in the SLC: As dominant as SFA has been nationally, they have been just as dominant in the Southland Conference. The Ladyjacks are the conference's most successful team, compiling a 259-33 (.887) all-time record. SFA has won 14 of a possible 17 SLC tournament titles and 13 regular-season titles. SFA has also recorded four undefeated seasons in league play and has had 38 players named All-SLC.

Riley vs. the SLC: Ladyjack head coach Lee Ann Riley has compiled a dominant record against Southland Conference foes. Riley is 44-14 (.759) against SLC teams during the regular season.

Career-High :Ladyjack head coach Lee Ann Riley inserted senior Stacey Szymanski into the starting lineup two games ago and it has paid dividends. Szymanski led the Ladyjacks with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the victory over Northwestern State. She tied a career-high Thursday night against Louisiana-Monroe when she poured in 19 points. Szymanski was 7-of-8 (.875) from the free-throw line and also grabbed seven rebounds against the Lady Indians. Over the course of the last four games, Szymanski is averaging 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. She is also 17-of-29 (.586) from the floor during that stretch.

Free Throws: While the Ladyjacks as a team have struggled from the free-throw line in the early part of the 2004-05 season, senior Stacey Szymanski has picked up the pace. Szymanski has gone to the free-throw line 18 times over the course of the team's last five games and has connected on 15 of those attempts (83 percent). Szymanski is 27-of-36 (.750) for the season.

Handling the Pressure: The Ladyjacks faced one of the better defensive basketball teams in the country Thursday against Louisiana-Monroe. The Lady Indians entered the game fourth in the country averaging close to 14.5 steals per game. But ULM was held well below its season average recording only seven steals against the Ladyjacks, while SFA tied a season low with only 13 turnovers.

Spreading Out the Scoring: The Ladyjacks had four players score in double-figures Thursday night against Louisiana-Monroe. It is the second time this season that the Ladyjacks have had four players reach double-figure scoring in a game (at East Carolina).

Up Next ... The Ladyjacks close out their current three-game conference road swing Wednesday Jan. 19 when they travel to Thibodaux, La., to face Nicholls State in their lone meeting of the regular season. The game against the Lady Colonels is slated to begin at 5:15 p.m., from Stopher Gym. SFA will then return home to face Lamar on Saturday Jan. 22. The game against the Lady Cardinals is slated to begin at 4 p.m., from the William R. Johnson Coliseum.



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