Ladyjacks Host Mustangs on Saturday
Nov. 22, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks basketball team will take on the undefeated SMU Mustangs at 6 p.m. Saturday at home looking to continue riding the momentum of back-to-back come-from-behind victories. The Ladyjacks (2-2) rallied in the second half to take down Georgia State last weekend at home and then defeated Arizona on the road 60-56 on Wednesday, after trailing by 11 points at halftime.
This will be the 17th meeting between the Ladyjacks and Mustangs with SFA holding the lead in the all-time series 10-6. It will also mark the fourth straight season the teams have played with SMU holding the recent advantage 2-1 and 4-1 dating back to 2007-08 when the teams played in back-to-back years. SMU got the victory last season in Dallas 71-62, and the Ladyjacks won the last meeting in Nacogdoches 66-60 two years ago. SMU is currently receiving votes in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll.
SMU brings a balanced attack with 6 players having scored in double digits in a game so far this season. Keena Mays and Akil Simpson have scored 10 or more points in all four games. Mays is averaging 18.0 points per game and Simpson has contributed 14.3. A total of 5 players are averaging 10 or more points per game for the Mustangs.
During the win at Arizona on Wednesday, a trio of Ladyjacks all played key roles. Senior forward Antionette Carter scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds off the bench. She also was 6-of-8 at the free-throw line.
Junior point guard Brittney Matthew posted a career-high 13 points in the win over. Matthew tallied 12 of those points in the first half to tie her previous best. Matthew is averaging 11.3 points per game this season and has posted 10 or more in each contest. She also leads the team in assists averaging 2.8 per game.
Junior center Porsha Roberts was limited offensively but swatted five blocks to continue dominating the paint defensively. Roberts currently leads the Southland in blocks averaging 2.8 per game.
Saturday’s game will be an opportunity for fans to give back to the community as well. Fans can gain free entry to the game if they bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.
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