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    Ladyjack Game Notes: at Texas Southern
    Decreasha Goodner had 16 points in Wednesday's win over UTPA.
    Decreasha Goodner had 16 points in Wednesday's win over UTPA.

    Dec. 3, 2010


    Texas Southern Game Notes

    Stephen F. Austin at Texas Southern
    Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 • 4:30 p.m. (CST)
    HP&E Arena (8,100) • Nacogdoches, Texas
    Radio: None FM • TV: None • Online: None

    Last 5/Streak: 1-5/W1
    Coach: Brandon Schneider
    Career: 307-77 (13th season)
    At SFA: 1-5 (1st season)
    SID: Ben Rikard

    Last 5/Streak: 0-5/L5
    Coach: Yolanda Wells-Broughton
    Career: 28-44 (3rd season)
    At UTPA: Same
    SID: Jim McCurdy

    SFA finally got off the schnide on Wednesday, picking up its first win of the season in convincing fashion over UTPA by 29 points. It was the first win for first-year head coach Brandon Schneider, and now he has a chance at his first road win of his SFA tenure on Saturday when the Ladyjacks take on winless Texas Southern.

    SFA got a career-high 19 points on Friday from senior Toni Davis, but Denver shot nearly 62 percent and blew past the Ladjacks for an 88-76 win in the finale of the LMU Tournament.

    Texas Southern is still searching for its first win of the 2010-11 season, having dropped each of its first six games of the season after three losses last week in Colorado. Most recently the Tigers lost a 15-point decision at Air Force, a game which came on the heels of losses to both Colorado State and Boise State.

    The Ladyjacks have yet to lose to the Tigers in four all-time meetings. That includes a 39-point win for SFA at Johnson Coliseum last season.

    Fans can check back at following the game for a complete recap.

    After a brief stay at home, SFA is back on the road for four in a row beginning Saturday at Texas Southern. That will be followed by arguably SFA’s most difficult road test when the Ladyjacks travel to Norman, Okla., to take on the nationally-ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

    SCHNEIDER’S DEBUT SEASON: This season is marking the beginning of a new era in Ladjack basketball as Brandon Schneider is in his debut as SFA’s head coach. Schneider is the eighth head coach in SFA history and comes to Nacogdoches on the heels of a 12-year career and a national title last season at Emporia State University in Kansas. SFA’s loss in his opening game is not an unusual occurence for new Ladyjack coaches as SFA’s previous coaches are now just 2-6 all-time in their debut game.; however, with over 300 career wins to his credit, Schneider picked up his first win at SFA on Wednesday over UTPA and is looking to continue a trend of overall early success by SFA coaches as each of the last three SFA skippers have won no less than 22 games in their debut year.

    Junior guard Tammara Marion has picked up where she left off last season in long-distance shooting and after draining five triples against UTPA, she stands just 16 threes shy of moving into SFA’s all-time top five and 57 short of Dayna Reed’s all-time mark of 178 threes in a career. Marion has hit no less than two treys in each of SFA’s six games to date and is currently leading SFA and ranking fourth in the SLC in both scoring (16.3 ppg) and 3-pt percentage (45.5 percent).

    ROAD WARRIORS: The Ladyjacks are getting their fair share of drive time during the non-conference season with eight of the first 10 games of the season will all be played away from Johnson Coliseum. They will get a slight change with three home non-conference games in January before league play starts, but being on the road is nothing new to this group after playing just three home games before SLC play last year as well. In all, this year’s senior class has played 40 non-conference games in their careers, with 29 of those being away from home.

    SFA decided to make a change in the starting five over the Thanksgiving Break, and statistically it made a difference. Senior Chantol Drennan made her first two starts of the season in California and responded with a season best 17 points against Loyola-Marymount, and had seven points and seven rebounds in just fourteen minutes against Denver. After sitting out the first game of the season, Drennan has averaged 9.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in just 15 minutes of work per game in the last four games and now is tops in the SLC, hitting 59.3 percent of her shots from the floor.

    The last two seasons SFA has been a solid team from the charity stripe, and this year it seems to be an effective scoring tool for it again. The Ladjacks have hit 72.9 percent of their free shots this season, which is tops in the SLC. In their last three games the Ladyjacks were 53 of 63 from the stripe, an 84.1-percent clip.

    A SHADE BETTER THAN BEFORE: The Ladyjacks had been searching for some offensive contributions off the bench from its players down low going into last week’s tournament in California, and over the last three games they have gotten what they were looking for. Toni Davis was named to the all-tournament team at the LMU Thanksgiving Invitational last week, scoring a career-best 19 points off the bench in the finale againt Denver. She had eight more points against UTPA on Wednesday, but it was freshman Sha Turner who had the breakout night, dropping in 17 points off the pine that included a three-pointer and 4-for-4 shooting at the charity stripe.

    HAVE A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIEND: Point guard Ebony Alexander has not seen the court time that she has in recent years, but lately the Ladyjacks are getting much more bang for their buck when she is on the floor. The senior is currently second in the SLC in assists with five per contest, dishing out less than five dimes in only one of SFA’s six games to date. Last season she finished 10th all-time at SFA with 5.6 assists per game, and if she is able to average at least six per game this season she would be the first Ladyack to do so since Stacy Brown in 1989-90.

    Already through just five games of her senior campaign, Decreasha Goodner is showing signs of being a legitimate scoring threat this season from the outside for the Ladyjacks. Goodner had only knocked down 21 three-point buckets through three seasons in her career entering this year, with a season-high of 11 last year; however, this season she has already tied that high with 11 triples in 31 attempts (36 percent) She had five threes in two games over the Thanksgiving break, and tied a career high with three against Denver.

    Last season sophomore Tammara Marion became the seventh Ladyjack to record 100 career three-pointers for her career, and after knocking down five triples against UTPA she currently sits at 121 for her career. If she hits her career average again this year for three-pointers in a season she will move into the program’s all-time top five with a year of eligibility remaining. Ebony Alexander is also inching her way toward one of SFA’s top-10s as her 13 assists at the LMU Thanksgiving Classic gave her 351 for her career, just 18 shy of Lashinda Winters’ who holds the No. 10 spot all-time in SFA history with 369.

    With just one starter lost from last season’s SLC co-champions that went 13-3 in the league, one would assume that the Ladyjacks would be receiving plenty of respect around the league entering this year. The Ladyjacks did make the transition this year back into the SLC West Division and still managed to garner three first-place votes in the coaches poll and two more in the SID poll, but were still only selected to finish third in the division behind UTSA and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

    800-WIN CLUB: The Ladyjacks became the sixth member of an exclusive club with their 73-40 victory over Sam Houston State in 2007-08. SFA became only the sixth women’s program in NCAA Division I history to record 800 wins. The Ladyjacks joined Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, Texas and James Madison as the only schools to ever accomplish the feat. Making the victory more special was the fact that it was Sue Gunter Day on the SFA campus. Tennessee Tech also  joined the 800-win club in 2008-09.