Ladyjacks Game Notes: vs. Northwood University
Nov. 19, 2012
Northwood at Stephen F. Austin
FOR STARTERS: The Ladyjacks (2-1) will be looking to get back in the win column following their 71-68 home loss to NAIA member Wiley College last Saturday. SFA will face another NAIA opponent tonight against the Northwood Knights (1-4).
LAST TIME OUT: Porsha Roberts scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds but it was not enough to keep the Wiley College Wildcats from upsetting the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks 71-68 Saturday afternoon at William R. Johnson Coliseum. For the first time in three games SFA (2-1) lost the battle of the benches, 28-12 and 21 turnovers resulted in 23 Wiley points. The Wildcats (5-0) got double-digit scoring efforts from Danisha Shaw (16 points), Jean Spears (14 points) and Latika Smith (10 points).
THE KNIGHTS: Northwood has lost four out of five contests to start the season and are averaging just 47.6 points per game as a team. Forward Lakeisha Blanson leads the team in scoring at 14.6 ppg and has scored in double-figures in all five games.
vs NORTHWOOD: This will be the first-ever meeting between SFA and Northwood.
ROBERTS GETS OFF THE SCHNIDE: After struggling her first couple of games, sophomore center Porsha Roberts exploded for a career-high 24 points in Saturday's 71-68 loss to Wiley and also grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds for her third career double-double. The 6-2 Waco, Texas native also blocked six shots, which was the third-highest single-game mark in school history. Roberts set the single-game blocks record last season at Texas State when she swatted eight shots.
STARTING SLOW: SFA is 2-1 despite trailing at the half in all three games this season. The Ladyjacks outscored both ULM and PVU by a combined score of 81-44 in the second half in the first two contests. Much of that success has come from the Ladyjacks ability to get to the free throw line. SFA shot just 16 total first-half free throws (10-of-16) through the first two games compared to 46 free throw attempts (34-of-46) in the second-half.
LADYJACKS INK THREE FOR 2013: Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks head coach Brandon Schneider announced the signing of Brentney Branch (Clear Creek HS -Webster, Texas), Alexis Fatheree (Foster HS - Richmond, Texas) and Adrienne Lewis (Desoto HS - Desoto, Texas) to National Letters of Intent Wednesday afternoon as part of the early signing class.
Branch, a 5'6" point guard, averaged 20 points, five assists and three steals per game as a junior at Clear Creek High School. Branch was first-team all-district, all-region, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-State and the 24-5A Offensive Player of the Year. Dan Olson's, The Collegiate Basketball Report", ranks Branch #129 overall in the nation and the 26th-best point guard in the country.
Fatheree, a 5'9" guard/forward, averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and four steals per game as a junior at Foster High School. Fatheree was a 23-4A MVP, first-team all-district, Fort Bend Area MVP, TABC All-Region and Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State. She is ranked the 17th-best player overall in Texas according to Premier Basketball Report.
Lewis, a 6'1" center, averaged six points and five rebounds as a junior at Desoto High School. Lewis will also participate as a thrower for the SFA track and field team.
PRESEASON PICKS: SFA was picked to finish second in the Southland Conference Preseason Coaches Poll and fourth in the Sports Information Directors Poll.
POSTSEASON PLAY: The Ladyjacks made their 26th appearance in postseason play in 2011-12, falling to Northern Iowa in the first round of the 2012 Women’s Basketball Invitational.
UP NEXT: Tuesday marks the final time SFA will play at home until they return Dec. 30 to face Tulsa. In between the Ladyjacks will hit the road starting this weekend when they travel to the West Coast for the Cal Poly Thanksgiving Tournament, Nov. 23-24. SFA will first face Cal Poly Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. (CT) before playing CSU Bakersfield the following day at 4 p.m. as well.