Ladyjacks Travel to Northwestern State

Feb. 25, 2005

NATCHITOCHES, La. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball team will be looking to put an end to its current three-game skid this afternoon when it faces Northwestern State. After knocking off then league-leading Texas State and Sam Houston State, the Ladyjacks have struggled against McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana and Texas-Arlington and are currently 12-12 (.500) on the season and are in a two-way tie for sixth-place with a 6-7 (.462) record in Southland Conference play. The Lady Demons enter the contest with a 14-10 (.583) overall mark and are in fourth place in the league standings with a 9-4 (.692) SLC record. The Ladyjacks will be looking to sweep the season series with a win over Northwestern State this afternoon.

The Coaches: SFA head coach Lee Ann Riley is 60-50 (.545) in her fourth season with the Ladyjacks. She is 191-108 (.639) in her 10th season overall. Northwestern State head coach Jennifer Graf is 14-10 (.583) in her first season with the Lady Demon program.

SFA vs. the Lady Demons: The Ladyjacks are 41-15 (.732) against Northwestern State. The Ladyjacks have won 11 of the last 16 meetings between the two teams but Northwestern State has won three of the last five. The Ladyjacks rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to record a thrilling 58-55 victory over the Lady Demons in the William R. Johnson Coliseum to open the conference season. The Lady Demons recorded an 84-54 win over SFA in Prather Coliseum last season.

Turning Green with Envy: Freshman Shanae Green came of the Ladyjacks bench last night and gave SFA head coach Lee Ann Riley some quality minutes. Green scored a career-high six points, while grabbing two rebounds and dishing out one assist in 23 minutes action against Texas-Arlington.

SLC Scenario: The Ladyjacks are currently in a two-way tie for sixth place in the SLC standings with McNeese State, as both teams enter this weekend's play with 6-7 (.462) conference mark. SFA still has an outside shot at the fourth seed and a first-round home game in the conference tournament. The Ladyjacks would need to win their three remaining contests, and Northwestern State and Texas-San Antonio to lose its three remaining contests. For the Ladyjacks to hold onto the No.-6 seed, SFA needs to win out and hope that McNeese State drops at least one of its three remaining games. The Ladyjacks need to win only two more games to assure themselves of a seed higher than the eighth and final spot in the conference tournament.

Nacogdoches Block Party: Senior Kendria Smith recorded three blocks against Texas-Arlington. With her three blocks against the Lady Mavs, Smith moved ahead of Anitra Davis for seventh all-time on the school's career blocks list with 85 swats. Smith is currently among the Southland Conference's top-10 averaging 1.08 blocks per game this season.

Arc Angels: Junior guards Kirby Killingsworth and Britany Vinson are among the school's all-time top 10 in three-point field goals. Killingsworth is currently fourth all-time at SFA with 115 career three-pointers. Vinson is currently seventh in the SFA record books with 89 triples. Vinson is currently 10th in the SLC with a .325 three-point field-goal percentage. She led the league last season at a .373 clip. Vinson is 10th in the SLC averaging 1.54 threes per game, while Killingsworth is 15th in the league averaging 1.21.

Up Next ... The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball team will be back in action Tuesday when it travels to San Antonio, Texas to take on UTSA. The game against the Roadrunners is slated to begin at 6 p.m., from the Convocation Center



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