Ladyjack Game Notes: vs. UT-Arlington
Jan. 19, 2012
UT-Arlington at Stephen F. Austin
FOR STARTERS: After a huge emotional home victory over Central Arkansas last Wednesday, the Ladyjacks struggled out of the gate on Saturday at UTSA and were never able to quite recover. The Ladyjacks will not have played a game for six straight days entering the UT Arlington contest.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite outshooting and outrebonding the Roadrunners last Saturday, SFA still saw themselves on the wrong end of a 50-46 loss in San Antonio. The Ladyjacks were nearly able to overcome 19 first-half turnovers but poor free-throw shooting down the stretch proved to be the demise for SFA.
THE MAVERICKS: UTA has struggled mightily this season, winning just two of their first 15 contests, including three straight defeats to start conference play. The Mavericks are coming off a 61-51 home loss to A&M-Corpus Christi and will carry a five-game losing streak heading into Saturday.
vs UT-ARLINGTON: After dropping six straight matchups dating back to tje 2006-07 season, the Ladyjacks got a bit of revenge last season by beating the Mavericks twice, both of which by less than five points. SFA actually owns a commanding 43-16 all-time in the series.
COVERAGE: Saturday’s game vs UTA can be followed on Gametracker at www.sfajacks.com, and watched via SFA All-Access at www.sfajacks.com.
UP NEXT: Following Saturday the Ladyjacks will travel to Huntsville to take on the Bearkats on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a home game on Saturday, Jan. 28 vs A&M-Corpus.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES: After a 12-18 campaign under then first-year head coach Brandon Schneider in 2010-11, the Ladyjacks have reversed their fortunes in a major way. Through 16 games last season the Ladyjacks held a 4-12 record as opposed to this season where through the exact same amount of games SFA stands at 12-4. The Ladyjacks actually have one of the top 10 turnarounds in the nation in team winning percentage (.750) when compared with last year’s .400 mark. The +.350 difference in winning percentage is currently the ninth best improvement in the country.
ROBERTS’ FRESHMAN OF YEAR CAMPAIGN: After a bit of inconsistency that had much to do with foul problems, freshman forward Porsha Roberts has begun to establish herself as a Southland Conference Freshman of the Year Candidate. The Waco, Texas native has scored in double-digits in four of her past five outings, including a career-high 14 points at Southeastern Louisiana. Over her past five games, Roberts is averaging 11 points while shooting 50 percent (21-of-42) from the floor and 81 percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line. She also has 12 blocks over the same stretch of contests.
TOP DEFENSIVE TURNAROUNDS: By allowing just 56.4 points per game, the Ladyjacks have made huge strides on the defensive end over the period of one season. Matter of fact, SFA is currently 10th in the nation in biggest improvement in Division I in points allowed per game, a difference of 13.2 points per game.
MARION DIALING LONG DISTANCE: Senior guard Tammara Marion, who became SFA’s all-time leader in made three-pointers earlier this year, is now 41st in the country in three-point field goals per game (2.5) and 20th in three-point percentage (41.2). Marion actually has a higher FG percentage from long distance than her regular FG percentage (35.0). As a team SFA ranks 65th in the nation in three-point field goals per game (6.2).
RECORD WATCHES: With six made three-pointers, only one short of a personal best, against Southern Miss (11/26/11), senior guard Tammara Marion became the all-time leader in made three-pointers (184), passing former Ladyjack Dayna Reed’s previous record of 178. Marion also tied the all-time school record for three-pointers attempted on 1/14 at UTSA by launching her 555 trifecta, tying the previous mark held by Kirby Killingsworth.
PARTY IN THE CUSA: With their back-to-back wins over Rice (68-64) and SMU (66-60), and their win over Southern Miss earlier this season, the Ladyjacks have defeated three Conference USA squads in a season for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign when SFA knocked off Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech and Tulsa.
PRESEASON POLLS: With one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, the Ladyjacks earned four first-place votes in the coaches’ poll and three more in the SID poll and a second-place finish; however, each poll has UTSA in the top spot in the league’s West Division.
MARION PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHLAND: Tammara Marion was named to the all-Southland Conference preseason first team on Wednesday while the Ladyjacks were selected to finish second in the SLC West according to the preseason polls of league coaches and sports information directors. Marion, who was a second team all-conference selection last year, ranked third in the conference in 2010-11 in scoring (16.1).
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.