Ladyjacks Look to Depose of Demons

Porsha Roberts

Jan. 15, 2014

Game 17
SFA at Northwestern State
Date: Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m.        
Series: SFA leads 52-18       

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Team Information
Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks (10-6, 3-0 SLC)
Head Coach: Brandon Schneider (Wayland Baptist, 1995)
Career Record: 365-123 (16th season), Record at SFA: 59-51 (4th season)

Northwestern State Lady Demons (9-7, 2-2 SLC )
Head Coach: Brooke and Scott Stoehr
Career Record: 21-25 (2nd season), Record at Northwestern State: Same

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team continues its road stint this week with one game at Northwestern State. The Layjacks (10-6, 4-0 SLC) take on the Lady Demons at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and look to keep their seven-game winning streak alive.

SFA rides into the contest with two valuable road wins in conference play last week and hope to keep the momentum going. The seven-game streak is the first since winning seven in a row during November and December of 2011 in nonconference play.

The Ladyjacks are coming off an impressive streak of dominant wins as SFA has opened conference play 4-0 with an average margin of victory of 17.25 points.

Series History
· SFA leads the all-time series with Northwestern State 52-18. The Ladyjacks have won the last 4 contests.

Scouting Northwestern State
· The Lady Demons have a trio of players scoring in double digits during Southland Conference play, led by Keisha Lee with an average of 15.8 points per game to rank 6th in the league. Point guard Janelle Perez adds 13.0 points in conference games and has dished out 19 assists in 4 conference games to average 4.75 per game. Trudy Armstead is contributing 12.3 points for Northwestern State as the team’s top player in the paint. Armsteadt pulls down 4.8 rebounds and leads the team in blocks.

· Northwestern State split its two games last week with a valuable road win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi  by the score of 65-59 but followed that with an 11-point loss at Houston Baptist 67-56. The Lady Demons allowed 4 players from HBU to score in double digits, including 22 points from Shanice Steenholdt. The Huskies also hit 23-of-25 free throws.

· The Lady Demons are 5-1 at home this season. Their only loss on their home floor came to Lamar on the opening weekend of conference play. The Cardinals defeated Northwestern State 84-79 in a tight battle.

Catching Up with SFA
· The Ladyjacks are one a 7-game winning streak. It marks the first time since Nov. 11-Dec. 3, 2011, that SFA has won 7 straight. During that span, the Ladyjacks are winning with an average margin of victory of 23.4 points. In conference play, the margin is 17.25. The closest margin during the winning streak was 7 points at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday.

· Junior forward Tierany Henderson has made a major impact for the Ladyjacks both offensively and defensively. Henderson has posted 5 double-doubles this year, 3 of them in conference play. Thanks to her sharp shooting beyond the arc and crashing the boards, Henderson is averaging a double-double in conference play with 14.5 points and 10.5 boards.

· SFA leads the Southland Conference in blocked shots per game with an average of 4.8. That mark is more than a full block more than the No. 2 team in the conference and is currently tied for No. 33 in the nation. The Ladyjacks have posted 5 or more blocks 9 times this season. Against Arizona and Texas A&M-Commerce, the Ladyjacks swatted 8 blocks, which stands as the most in the Southland this season. The next best mark also belongs to SFA, with 7 blocks against Henderson State.

· One reason why SFA is blocking so many balls again is junior center Porsha Roberts. Roberts is averaging 2.3 per game with 37 and is on pace for one of the best seasons in school history. At her current pace, Roberts could even break the career record at SFA before the end of the season. She is 32nd in the nation in blocks per game heading into Thursday’s action. Roberts also is posting 15.1 points per game to rank 7th in the Southland. Her 4.3 offensive rebounds lead the conference.

· SFA is ranked No. 2 in the Southland in scoring offense, averaging 71.2 points per game. The Ladyjacks trail Abilene Christian’s 75.8 points. SFA scored 101 points in its final nonconference contest against Texas A&M-Commerce to help boost its scoring average. It marked the first time since Feb. 2, 2000, that the Ladyjacks scored 100 or more points. It was the 43rd game in school history where the Ladyjacks reached the 100-point plateau.

· Freshman guard Taylor Ross has made an impact on SFA’s offense early this season. The newcomer leads the team in assists despite her limited time of running the point behind junior Brittney Matthew. Ross is averaging 3.3 assists per game and ranks 10th in the conference. She has posted a career-high of 6 assists a total of 3 times so far, most recently at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Ross has posted at least 2 assists in every game this year but twice and reached 4 or more 6 times. Ross also has the No. 2 assist-turnover ratio in the league at 1.8. She is the only freshman in the league to be in the top 15 in both assist categories.

· Junior point guard Brittney Matthew has found ways to add to her scoring numbers this season and currently leads the Ladyjacks in scoring during conference play with 15.0 points per game. Matthew is 15th in the league in assists at 2.9 per game and is among the best free-throw shooters in the league as well. She is hitting at a 77.8 percent clip at the charity stripe.

· The Ladyjacks were chosen as the favorite to win the Southland Conference this season by the league’s coaches and sports information directors. SFA received 7 of the 12 first-place votes in both polls and was picked ahead of Oral Roberts. The Ladyjacks also had 2 players chosen to the Preseason All-Conference Teams. Porsha Roberts was a selection on the first team while Antionette Carter was voted to the second.

· Last week’s win over Houston Baptist was win No. 950 in Ladyjack history. The Ladyjacks are among the winningest programs in NCAA history with 951 total wins since the program’s start in 1969 to rank 5th all-time. SFA is the winningest program in the state of Texas, surpassing traditional powerhouses Texas and Texas Tech along with current power Baylor. Only two programs have won more than 1,000 games, and SFA is trying to become the third joining Tennessee and Louisiana Tech. James Madison and Old Dominion are currently ahead of SFA on the list with Texas close behind the Ladyjacks in all-time wins.

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The Last Meeting
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March 2, 2013
Nacogdoches, Texas
SFA's Defense Shines In 48-44 Win Over NSU
The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks punched their ticket to the Southland Conference Tournament with a 48-44 victory over the Northwestern State Lady Demons Saturday afternoon at William R. Johnson Coliseum.


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