Ladyjack Game Notes: at UT-Arlington
Feb. 13, 2012
Stephen F. Austin at UT-Arlington
FOR STARTERS: SFA got back to their winning ways on Saturday and benefited from a few positive results from around the conference to jump back into fourth place overall in the Southland Conference. The Ladyjacks (16-7, 6-4) now have just six games remaining before the start of the SLC Tourney.
LAST TIME OUT: Following a crushing loss at Nicholls State on Wednesday, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks responded with a convincing start-to-finish 73-64 victory UTSA Saturday evening at William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks (16-7, 6-4) avenged a 50-46 loss at UTSA back in mid-January with a superb defensive effort on Saturday, limiting the Roadrunners to just 34 percent shooting (16% in the 1st half) and forcing 19 turnovers.
THE MAVERICKS: UTA comes into play Wednesday having lost four of their past six contests, but are coming off an impressive 61-46 victory at Texas State on Saturday. UTA held the high-powered Texas State offense to just 23 percent shooting from the field.
vs UTA: The Mavericks stunned SFA earlier this season, handing the Ladyjacks just their second home loss of the season in a 69-61 defeat. Sabreena Denure scored 19 points for UTA and the Ladyjacks scored just 28 second half points.
COVERAGE: Wednesday’s game vs UTA can be heard on the radio on Q107.7 FM with play-by-play man James Dixon on the call. The pregame show will get underway at 6:45 p.m.
UP NEXT: SFA will be looking to get redemption against Texas State on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. at William R. Johnson Coliseum, followed by their first appearance against Lamar on Wed., Feb. 22.
TIERANY BRINGS TEARS TO UTSA: Freshman forward Tierany Henderson stepped up in a big way in the absence of Ashley Bettis Saturday, scoring a career-high 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting and three-of-four from three-point territory. It was the first time Henderson scored in double-figures since a Nov. victory over HBU.
DAVIS CRASHING THE GLASS: Sophomore forward Annette Davis has made a concerted effort to contribute in ways other than scoring of late, and no category stands out more than her rebounding. The Kansas transfer pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds in the victory over UTSA. That came on the heels of a nine-rebound performance against Nicholls State.
BURSTING OUT OF THE GATES: A combination of good defense and fast starts is always a good sign for the Ladyjacks, as evidence of their 14-1 record when entering halftime with a lead. SFA has also now held their opponents to 59 points or less 11 different occasions, winning 10 of those games.
MATTHEW PLAYING STEADY AS A STARTER: Freshman point guard Brittney Matthew has been on a tear of late for the Ladyjacks leading the offense and is now averaging just under three assists per game. Since being inserted into the starting lineup against Sam Houston, the Houston native has recorded five or more assists on six different occasions.
TAKING DOWN THE POWERHOUSES: The Ladyjacks became the first team in the Southland Conference other than Central Arkansas to beat the Cowgirls in league play in the last two years. The Cowgirls entered Saturday ranked 12th in the mid-major polls. SFA also knocked off Central Arkansas (15th) at home earlier this year, and is still UCA’s only league loss of the season.
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: The Ladyjacks will have quite a bit going on at William R. Johnson. The Feb. 18 game against Texas State will be the annual ‘Think Pink’ night in awareness of breast cancer. Pink t-shirts (from Barnes & Noble) and bracelets will be distributed with other destivities planned. Also, the Feb. 29 contest against Sam Houston State will be for the Academic Shootout where fans can make pledges per point.
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 (866 wins) 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.