Game 34 SFA vs. Boise State Date: March 21, 7 p.m. Site: William R. Johnson Coliseum – Nacogdoches, Texas Live Stats Twitter: @SFA_WBB
Team Information Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks (21-12) Head Coach: Brandon Schneider (Wayland Baptist, 1995) Career Record: 376-129 (16th season), Record at SFA: 70-57 (4th season)
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin will host the quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational at 7 p.m. Saturday against Boise State after defeating Texas State in the first round Thursday night.
The Ladyjacks (21-12) posted their first postseason win since 2000 with their win over Texas State. SFA’s last victory in a postseason tournament was in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2000 against Xavier in Baton Rouge, La. SFA lost in the second round to Louisiana Tech and had been 0-6 since then in postseason tournaments.
Boise State (18-13) advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating the No. 1-seed Grand Canyon on the Antelopes’ home court Thursday night in a thriller, 52-51. No team led by more than six points throughout the contest.
This is SFA’s 28th postseason appearance in program history with 18 NCAA Tournaments, 3 WNITs, 5 AIAW Tournaments and now 2 appearances in the WBI.
Head Coach Brandon Schneider posted his 70th win at the helm of the SFA Ladyjacks. He currently ranks 5th in SFA history in wins and has amassed 376 wins in his career as a head coach at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels. He recently coached his 500th game as a head coach in a victory over Southeastern Louisiana.
Boise State went 12-6 in the Mountain West Conference this year and fell to Wyoming in the opening round of the conference tournament. The Broncos have three players scoring in double digits led by Miquelle Askew’s 13.1.
The Broncos have size inside with 6-3 Miquelle Askew and 6-1 Lexie Der, but Boise State does not block a lot of balls on defense. The Broncos have 67 blocks this season. SFA’s Porsha Roberts has 67 alone.
Tickets Ticket prices for the WBI will be the same for SFA fans as during the regular season. Students will be allowed to enter for free as well just like the regular season.
Catching Up with SFA · Porsha Roberts is poised to become the greatest shot blocker in SFA history. The junior added 2 more blocks to her season tally on Thursday night against Texas State to bring her career total to 173. She is now just 2 blocks shy of tying the school record for a career held by Amy Collins, and Roberts has another year of eligibility left. Roberts is averaging 2.03 blocks per game overall to rank 2nd in the conference and 46th in the NCAA. Her 67 blocks rank 3rd in school history for a season and 1 shy of moving into 2nd.
· The Ladyjacks allow only 60.9 points per game this season. In league play they allowed 57.6 points to rank 2nd. SFA is 19-2 when holding opponents to 60 points or less.
· SFA has been tremendous at protecting leads all season. The Ladyjacks are an impressive 19-2 when leading with 10 minutes left in a game and an undefeated 18-0 when leading their opponent with 5 minutes left in regulation.
· The Ladyjacks clinched their 16th Southland Conference regular season title in the last game of the regular season with a win over Central Arkansas to share the crown with Lamar. SFA bested UCA 61-41 and held the Sugar Bears to their lowest first-half scoring with only 15 points. No current member of the Southland has more than 3 conference titles. Louisiana-Monroe won 5 conference championships while a member of the Southland.
· SFA’s opponent shooting percentage of 37.6 ranks 1st in the Southland. The Ladyjacks allowed conference opponents to score more than 60 points just 7 times, including the championship game of the Southland Conference Tournament and a double-overtime loss to Nicholls State. Overall, the Ladyjacks are 19-2 this season when allowing 60 or fewer points and went undefeated against Southland teams in those contests at 13-0.
· SFA is 13-3 at home this season. Those three losses are by an average of 6.7 points with a 12-point loss to an SMU team that was receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll at the time. The other home losses were by Stetson by 7 points in the Preseason WNIT and to Nicholls State by 1 point in double-overtime.
· Porsha Roberts was named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The junior center averaged 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game this season in league play. Over the last 4 games she averaged 3.0 blocks per game. It is her 2nd major award after being named SLC Freshman of the Year in 2011-12.
· Porsha Roberts also was named All-Southland Conference First Team. She scored 16.8 points per game in league play to rank 5th and was 3rd in shooting percentage at 58.7. She closed the season with back-to-back performances of 20 or more points performances and 4 blocks.
· Tierany Henderson was named All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention. The junior forward was among the league’s top rebounders and shooters. Henderson pulled down 7.1 rebounds in league games and ranked 5th in 3-pointers made.
· In addition to being among the top players in the Southland Conference this season, Tierany Henderson is moving into elite company in SFA history as a 3-point shooter. Henderson has hit 65 shots beyond the arc this season to rank 3rd all-time in SFA history for a season. Her 143 made 3’s for her career rank 5th in SFA history, and with another year of eligibility left Henderson could become only the 2nd Ladyjack to make 200 3-pointers for her career.
· The Ladyjacks led the Southland Conference in blocked shots per game this season with an average of 4.4 overall. SFA was 2nd in league play at 4.2 per game. This season the Ladyjacks have posted 5 or more blocks 17 times, including 8 of the last 14 games. The Ladyjacks are 13-4 in those contests. Overall SFA is 50th in the nation with 4.4 blocks per game.
· Porsha Roberts cracked the 1,000 point mark in January at Northwestern State. The forward posted 17 points in the loss and finished the game with 1,009 career points scored. She leads the team with 16.3 points per game overall and is shooting 55.7 percent on the year to rank 21st in the NCAA.
· Freshman Brentney Branch got hot late in the season for the Ladyjacks. She has scored in double digits in 3 of the last 6 contests, including a career-high 15 points against McNeese State in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament. Branch led the Southland in 3-point shooting percentage this season, hitting at a 46.3 percent clip during league play.
· The Ladyjacks’ win over Houston Baptist earlier this month was win No. 950 in Ladyjack history. The Ladyjacks are among the winningest programs in NCAA history with 962 total wins since the program’s start in 1969 to rank 5th all-time. SFA is the winningest program in the state of Texas, ahead traditional powerhouses Texas and Texas Tech along with current power Baylor. Only 2 programs have won more than 1,000 games, and SFA is trying to become the third joining Tennessee and Louisiana Tech. James Madison and Old Dominion are currently ahead of SFA on the list with Texas close behind the Ladyjacks in all-time wins. Every team but Louisiana Tech is still alive in the postseason.