Ladyjack Game Notes: vs. McNeese State (SLC Championship)
March 9, 2012
No. 4 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 2 McNeese State (SLC Tournament Championship)
FOR STARTERS: For the first time since 2007, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks are going back to the Southland Conference championship. This marks the 17th time (15-2 overall) in school history that the Ladyjacks will play in the SLC title game and a victory would give SFA their 16th tournament title in SLC history.
LAST TIME OUT: The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks had three players scored in double-figures, including a team-high 15 points from Tammara Marion, and closed the final six minutes on an 18-10 run to defeat Nicholls State 66-57 in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament Thursday afternoon. Just as was the case on Tuesday against Lamar, the Ladyjacks late-game execution was superb, scoring on six of their last seven possessions to break things open in what was a one-point game with just six minutes remaining.
THE COWGIRLS: McNeese State's women's basketball team defeated Texas State 76-46 here Thursday in the semifinal round to advance to the championship game on Friday at 7:05 p.m. McNeese placed six players in double figures, the most this season and was led by senior Candace LaCombe's 16 points. LaCombe was 6 of 10 from the field including 4 of 7 from three-point range. Senior Martika Hull ended the game with 13 points and a career high 17 rebounds. Hull ended the game with eight offensive rebounds and nine defensive rebounds.
vs MCNEESE STATE: This will be the first time that the Ladyjacks have ever faced McNeese State in the Southland Conference Tournament. SFA owns a demanding 42-9 advantage in the series, which includes a 66-58 victory over the Cowgirls back on February 4 this season. In that contest Central Arkansas shot just 7-of-31 from three-point territory.
COVERAGE: Friday's title game will be available on a variety of platforms, including on the radio on Q107.7 FM. It will also be televised in Nacogdoches on MYTX (Channel 8 on Suddenlink). You can also stream the game on ESPN3.com or watch on ESPN Full Court PPV.
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.
23 WINS: SFA's 23 wins are the most by the program since the 2005-06 squad that went 23-8. That squad went on to win the Southland Conference Tournament and is the last Ladyjack team to do so.
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.
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.
800-WIN CLUB: The Ladyjacks (874 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.