Ladyjack Game Notes: vs Texas State
Feb. 17, 2012
Texas State Game Notes
FOR STARTERS: SFA is now riding a two-game win streak as they return home to Nacogdoches to host Texas State. The Ladyjacks (7-4) maintained their fourth place spot in the Southland Conference standings and are just a game back of both McNeese State (8-3) and Sam Houston State (8-3) for second place.
LAST TIME OUT: A week and a half of redemption continued for the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks, avenging an earlier season home loss with a 59-54 victory at UT Arlington Wednesday evening at the new College Park Center. SFA (17-7, 7-4) got a game-high 14-point effort from a hobbled Tammara Marion as well as 10 points from senior Amina Sawyer. The Ladyjacks limited the Mavericks to just 22 points in the all-important second half and 29 percent shooting from the floor.
THE BOBCATS: The Bobcats snapped a three-game losing streak with a must-needed 74-61 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday. In that game, Verinus Kalu tied the season high by any Southland Conference player with 19 rebounds.
vs Texas State: SFA dropped a frustrating game earlier this season to the Bobcats, giving up a season-high 95 points in a 95-87 loss. In that contest the Bobcats made 45-of-60 free throw attempts, nearly a conference record in both makes and attempts.
COVERAGE: Saturday’s game vs Texas State 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 3:45 p.m.
UP NEXT: SFA returns to the hardwood next Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., marking their first back-to-back home games since Dec.17 and 20th against Arkansas State and Rice.
PINK OUT NIGHT: Saturday’s 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 festivities planned. Also, the Feb. 29 contest against Sam Houston State will be for the Academic Shootout where fans can make pledges per point.
CLINCHING A TOURNEY BID: As things stand right now the Ladyjacks magic number to clinch a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament stands at two. Any combination of SFA winning or one of SLU, AMCC, UTSA or UTA losing would help the Ladyjacks get closer to sealing a birth in the tourney.
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 12 different occasions, winning 11 of those games.
TIERANY CONTINUES TO BE A SPARK: Freshman forward Tierany Henderson picked up the Ladyjacks offense and defense on Wednesday in what has been a string of three straight solid games off the bench. After scoring a career-high 19 points against UTSA, Henderson made two critical three-pointers when the offense had gone stale and recorded a career-high five steals.
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 three assists per game, which is 10th-best in the SLC. 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 16th in the mid-major polls. SFA also knocked off Central Arkansas (13th) at home earlier this year, and is still UCA’s only league loss of the season.
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 (867 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.