Ladyjack Game Notes: vs. St. Edwards

Ashlee Mells and the Ladyjacks host the St. Edwards Hilltoppers Saturday at 6 p.m.

Dec. 2, 2011

St. Edwards Game Notes

St. Edwards at Stephen F. Austin
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 • 6:00 p.m. (CST)
William R. Johnson Coliseum (7,203) • Nacogdoches, Texas
Radio: None • TV: None • Online: None

Record: 6-0
Last 5/Streak: 5-0/W6
Coach: Brandon Schneider
Career: 326-98 (14th season)
At SFA: 18-18 (2nd season)
SID: Kenny Bybee

Record: 3-4
Last 5/Streak: 2-3/W1
Coach: Jennifer White
Career: 89-133 (9th season)
At SEU: Same
SID: Logan Lawerence

For only the fifth time in SFA history, the Ladyjacks have started out a season 6-0 and it marks the first time doing so since the 1989-90 team. After a perfect November, SFA sits alone in first place in the Southland Conference West Division with seven non-conference games remaining until SLC play begins on Jan. 7 at Southeastern Louisiana.

The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks overcame a slow start to pull away from the Houston Baptist Huskies, 53-39 Tuesday evening at Sharp Gym and move to 6-0 for just the fourth time in school history. Freshmen Tierany Henderson (12 points) and Brittney Matthew (11 points) each scored career highs and were part of an SFA bench that outscored HBU 27-7. The Ladyjacks thrived from three-point territory by hitting 11-of-27 (40.7%) from beyond the arch.

Hot-shooting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi built a comfortable 20-point halftime lead and never looked back, as Houston Baptist (0-6) fell to the visiting Islanders, 65-45, on the final day of the Husky Classic Saturday evening at Sharp Gym. Shanice Steenholdt earned her second collegiate double-double for HBU (0-6), as she scored 20 points and set a new career high with 15 rebounds.

Saturday marks the first ever meeting between SFA and St. Edwards. COVERAGE Saturday’s game will be available online through the Premium CBS All-Access application on UP NEXT The Ladyjacks go back on the road for a two game swing to Arkansas (Tuesday, Dec. 6) and UT-Pan American (Saturday, Dec. 10).

THIRD-BEST START EVER: At 6-0 the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks are off to their third-best start in school history and have matched the start of the 1989-90 team that also started the season 6-0. The only three streaks higher were 9-0 starts in each of the 1988-89 and 1974-75 seasons and the career-best mark of 11-0 set by the 1979-80 squad.

Best Starts in SFA History
1. 1979-80: 11-0
2. 1988-89: 9-0
   1974-75: 9-0
4. 2011-12: 6-0
   1989-90: 6-0

STINGY DEFENSE: The Ladyjacks 53-39 victory at Houston Baptist marked the first time SFA has held an opponent to 40 points or less since a 39-33 win at UT-Arlington on Jan. 1, 2006. SFA limited the Huskies to only 35 percent shooting (11% 3pt. shooting) and forced 25 HBU turnovers. SFA is currently first in the Southland Conference in scoring defense (52.0 ppg).

HENDERSON, MATTHEW BREAK OUT: One of the stregnths of the Ladyjacks throughout this winning streak has been the superb play of their bench. On Tuesday freshmen Tierany Henderson and Brittney Matthew had their best games in an SFA uniform, combining for 23 of the 27 bench points. Henderson, who started the first three games of the season, scored a team-high 12 points in 21 minutes and connected on 4-of-6 from three-point territory while also collecting five rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Matthew provided quite the spark when the Ladyjacks were struggling offensively by scoring a season-high 11 points and dishing out three assists.

SCHNEIDER IMPROVES SFA RECORD TO .500: Despite starting his SFA tenure 12-18 in his first campaign with the Ladyjacks, head coach Brandon Schneider has already improved his career SFA record to the .500 with the team’s 6-0 start.


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