Ladyjack Game Notes: vs. ULM
Nov. 7, 2012
ULM at Stephen F. Austin
FOR STARTERS: The Ladyjacks tip-off the 2012-13 season for the second-straight year against ULM. Last season SFA defeated the Warhawks 68-58 in Monroe, La. SFA holds a 25-15 overall record on opening night dating back to the 1972-73 season when records first began being reported.
LAST TIME OUT: Sophomore Porsha Roberts scored 17 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to guide the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks to a 73-42 victory over Howard Payne in an exhibition contest Friday night at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA held the outmanned Yellow Jackets to 25 percent from the field, and allowed no one in double figures.
THE WARHAWKS: ULM struggled last season going 9-21 and 7-9 in Sun Belt play. Head coach Mona Martin enters her 18th season with the Warhawks and will lead a team that returns junior guard Jasmine Shaw, who averaged 7.0 PPG and 4.8 RPG last season en route to a 2012-13 Preseason All-Sun Belt Third-Team selection. The Warhawks will be looking to replace 1,000-point scorer Larrie Williams (1,078), the second most assists in a career (452) from Elizabeth Torres and 28 career starts and the teams leading rebounder (6.2 per game) in 2011-12, Marion Zollicoffer.
vs ULM: SFA holds a commanding 42-14 series lead over ULM and has won eight of the last 11 meetings, including a 72-71 overtime thriller in the two team's last meeting in Nacogdoches in 2006.
COVERAGE: Friday's season opener will be streamed live for free on sfajacks.com. Also, you can follow updates throughout the night on the @SFA_Athletics Twitter page.
UP NEXT: Following Friday's opener the Ladyjacks will make their first road appearance of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Prairie View at 5:30 p.m.
PRESEASON POLLS: SFA was picked to finish second in the Southland Conference Preseason Coaches Poll and fourth in the Sports Information Directors Poll.
HEAD COACH Brandon Schneider: SFA head coach Brandon Schneider is entering his third season with the Ladyjacks and 15th overall. Last year he led SFA to a 23-10 record, a +11 win turnaround from the previous season. That was the third-largest turnaround in the country.
ROBERTS NAMED PRESEASON SLC SECOND-TEAM: Sophomore center Porsha Roberts, the reigning Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, was named to the SLC Preseason Second-Team. She was the lone SFA representative on either team. Roberts set an SFA freshman record with 59 blocks last season and currently holds the SFA all-time blocks per game record at 1.7 BPG.
FIVE NEWCOMERS: SFA welcomes in five newcomers to this year's squad, including JuCo transfers Antionette Carter and K.K. Jerrell, both of whom will play major roles for the Ladyjacks in 2012-13. The Ladyjacks will also incorporate freshmen Paulletta Powell, LaNesha Middleton and Victoria Pena.