Top 25 SFA Moments of 2012-13 - No. 20
June 21, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Now that the school year is over, and before we begin the 2013-14 academic year, SFA athletics wanted to take a look back at the Top 25 Moments from the 2012-13 season.
On the heels of a two-game losing streak and needing a win to stay in the hunt for a Southland Conference Tournament berth, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks grinded out a critical 83-80 double-overtime victory at Southeastern Louisiana on Feb. 16, 2013.
Sophomore center Porsha Roberts scored a career-high 32 points by making 11-of-12 shots from the field and 10-of-13 at the charity stripe. Roberts also snagged eight rebounds and had two blocked shots while playing 43 of the possible 50 minutes. The 11 made field goals were also a career-high for the reigning SLC Freshman of the Year.
SFA also got a double-figure scoring performance from Tierany Henderson. The sophomore forward scored a career-high 19 points and made several clutch shots. The Ladyjacks won just their second game all season when trailing with five minutes left in regulation and improved to 7-0 when scoring 70 or more points.
In regulation Roberts scored nine consecutive points for SFA over the final five minutes to help force overtime with the score 67-67. In the first five minutes of extra time the Lady Lions built a 76-70 advantage with just 1:25 remaining.
However, Henderson made a huge three-pointer from the corner to cut the deficit to 76-73 with 1:11 left. Styles then missed a jumper for SLU with 43 seconds left that SFA's Daylyn Harris grabbed down for a rebound. Henderson would proceed to miss a potential game-tying three-pointer but Ashlee Mells got the offensive rebound with 28 seconds left and then took advantage by draining a game-tying trifecta with just 17 seconds left. The Ladyjacks defense then prevented SLU from getting off a last-second shot.
In the second overtime SFA scored the first five points before SLU cut the lead to 82-80 with 11 seconds left on a three-point opportunity from Brandi Simmons. However, Simmons missed the free throw and got her own rebound only for the Lady Lions to then miss two consecutive layups that would have tied the game.
SLU was forced to foul Mells with two seconds left and the senior split the free throws, but off a miss the Lady Lions three-point heave from past half court was well short as time expired.
Check back on Monday, June 24 for #SFATopMoment No. 19.