Ladyjack Game Notes: vs. Lamar (SLC Tournament)
March 5, 2012
Stephen F. Austin vs. Lamar (1st Round)
FOR STARTERS: With SFA splitting its two final regular season games, the Ladyjacks head into the Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will square off off with the No. 5 Lamar Lady Cardinals in the 8:30 p.m. game Tuesday in Katy, Texas at the Leonard E. Merrell Center. The Ladyjacks have not won a game in the SLC Tournament since 2006 and would earn the program’s 19th NCAA Tournament appearance should they take the tourney crown.
LAST TIME OUT: The Ladyjacks survived a scare at Northwestern State with a 70-68 victory to earn their 21st win of the season. Tammara Marion nailed a game-winning jumper with just nine seconds left in regulation and Porsha Roberts blocked a potential layup on the other end as time expired to seal the victory.
THE LADY CARDINALS: Lamar enters the tournament having lost three of their past four games, including a 59-40 defeat to McNeese State on Saturday. They are led in scoring by first-team all-conference selectee Kali Loyd, who is averaging 15.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds.
vs LAMAR: SFA owns a demanding 41-9 advantage in the series, which includes a 61-51 victory over the Lady Cardinals a couple weeks ago in Nacogdoches. That victory snapped a six-game losing streak to Lamar that dated back to the 2007-08 campaign. It marked the first victory over Lamar for seniors Tammara Marion, Amina Sawyer and Courtney Conwright.
COVERAGE: Tuesday’s game, along with a majority of the tournament will be brodcasted via SLC Now on southland.org. The semi-finals and SLC Championship will be on Southland Conference Network, which is channel 8 in Nacogdoches. All games will also be on the radio on Q107.7 FM with the pregame show beginning 15 minutes before tipoff.
THE IDES OF MARCH: The Ladyjacks enter the 2012 Southland Conference Tournament looking to win their 17th SLC tournament title and make their 19th appearance in the NCAA Championships.
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: The 2012 SLC tournament marks the 25th consecutive trip to the conference playoffs for SFA. In fact, SFA has advanced to the league tournament every year since joining the league in 1988.
SO, WE MEET AGAIN: The first round of the 2012 SLC Tournament will mark the fifth time in the past eight seasons that SFA will open against Lamar. The two teams last met in the tournament in 2009 when the Lady Cardinals defeated SFA 76-64. SFA beat Lamar 73-65 in the first round of the 2007 tournament, which is the last time the Ladyjacks won in the league tourney.
21 WINS: The Ladyjacks 21 wins this season are the most since the 2006-07 season in which they also won 21 games under Lee Ann Riley and also went 11-5 in conference play. That team went on to lose to UT-Arlington in the tournament title game.
TRIO EARNS ALL-CONFERNECE HONORS: Senior guard Tammara Marion earned her third consecutive All-Southland Conference selection, making the second-team for the first time in her illustrious career. The Houston, Texas native had made the third-team in both the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Freshman center Porsha Roberts was selected the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, becoming just the fourth Ladyjack in school history to win the award and the first since LaToya Mills in 2002-03. Junior transfer Ashlee Mells becomes just the second player in SFA history to be selected the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, joining Lori Davis from the 1989-90 campaign.
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 Wednesday ranked 15th in the mid-major polls. SFA also knocked off Central Arkansas (13th) at home earlier this year.
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.
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.
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 (872 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.