Feb. 23, 2006
The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball team has new life as it is back tied atop the Southland Conference standings with defending conference co-champion, Texas-Arlington. SFA (16-7/10-2 SLC) is coming off an 88-63 victory over McNeese State and will look to make it two wins in a row Thursday when it hosts Texas-San Antonio (14-10/9-4 SLC). The game against the Roadrunners is slated to begin at 7 p.m. in William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks will be in San Marcos Saturday to face Texas State. The game against the Bobcats will tip off at 4 p.m. from Strahan Coliseum.
SFA vs. the Roadrunners:
The Ladyjacks are 27-4 (.871) all-time against Texas-San Antonio, but the Roadrunners have won three of the last five meetings, including the last two. SFA dropped a 66-48 decision to UTSA earlier this season in San Antonio. Thursday's game marks the first time the two schools have met in Nacogdoches since the 2003-04 season when SFA recorded a 64-59 victory.
Home Sweet Home:
The Ladyjacks are one of the nation's all-time winningest teams at home, with a 340-85 (.800) all-time record. The Ladyjacks have won 76 of their last 90 games at home and are a perfect 9-0 at home this season.
Senior LaToya Mills is playing the best basketball of her career and it couldn't come at a better time. Mills scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds in the victory over McNeese State. It marks the 12th time this season that a Ladyjack has recorded a double-double. It is the ninth time this season, and the 28th in her career, that Mills has reached the accomplishment. Mills is averaging 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game over the team's last four contests.
More on Double-Doubles:
With her double-doubles this past week against McNeese State, senior LaToya Mills has recorded nine this season. She is only one shy of her career-high of 10 which she recorded as a sophomore (2003-04).
Junior Charity Egenti recorded her first career double-double Thursday night in the win against McNeese State. Egenti scored 12 points on 5-of-10 (.500) shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds in only 18 minutes of action.
The Ladyjacks had two players record double-doubles Thursday in the victory over McNeese State. Senior LaToya Mills scored 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, while junior Charity Egenti recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds. It marked the first time that two Ladyjacks recorded a double-double in the same game since Amy Collins and Nathesia Wright accomplished the feat against Louisiana-Monroe in the 2002-03 season.
A January to Remember:
The Ladyjacks just finished off one of their best months of basketball in recent history. SFA recorded a nearly perfect 7-1 (.875) tally in the month of January.
Month By Month:
The Ladyjacks are putting together their third strong month of the season. The Ladyjacks are currently 3-1 (.75) in the month of February and are coming off a 7-1 (.875) record in January. SFA posted five victories in seven games (.714) in the month of December. In fact, the Ladyjacks lone sub-.500 month was November when they posted a 1-3 (.250) record.
The benchmark for a successful season in college basketball, in terms of wins, is 20. The Ladyjacks still have a shot at 20 wins in the 2005-06 regular season. The Ladyjacks will need to win all four of their remaining regular-season games to record win No. 20. If the Ladyjacks can win 20 games this season, it would mark the first time SFA has won 20 games since the 2001-02 campaign. It would also be the Ladyjacks' 25th 20-win season since the school started tracking results during the 1972-73 season. The Ladyjacks have already assured themselves of a winning season.
A great deal of the conference race is still yet to be played, but the Ladyjacks have already locked up no worse than a six seed in the Southland Conference Championships. The Ladyjacks can lock up the No. 5 seed with only one more win and two victories will guarantee SFA a first-round home game in the tournament. If the Ladyjacks win their final four remaining games they will win at least a share of the Southland Conference regular-season title.
Nacogdoches Block Party:
Junior Kendria Smith continues to move up the Ladyjacks' record books for career blocks. Smith is currently fourth all-time at SFA with 132 career blocks.
Up Next ...
The Ladyjacks return to action Wednesday Mar. 1 in Monroe, La., to take on ULM. The game against the Lady Indians will tip off at 7 p.m. from Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The Ladyjacks will close out the 2005-06 season Friday Mar. 3 with a 7 p.m. game against conference-rival Sam Houston State. The game against the Bearkats is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. from the William R. Johnson Coliseum.