Dec. 16, 2001
The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball team knocked off Arizona, 68-66, Sunday afternoon at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA is now 3-4 on the season.
The Ladyjacks jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead behind a smothering defensive effort as well as getting everyone involved in the offense. SFA recorded 10 first-half steals and forced 17 first-half turnovers to take a 42-31 lead into the intermission. All seven Ladyjack players that got into the game scored in the first half, led by senior Latisha Prater (Cotton Port, La.) nine points and eight rebounds. She was one of four Ladyjacks to record double-figure points, with a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats used their distinct height advantage to battle their way right back into the game, outrebounding SFA, 52-36. Arizona opened up the second half with a 12-2 run to pull within one point, 44-43, at the 16-minute, 10-second mark. The Ladyjacks responded by pushing the lead back to seven points before Arizona went on a 17-0 run to take a 10-point advantage, 64-54, with 6:59 left, behind LaKeisha Taylor's game-high 23 points.
The Ladyjacks looked to their defense to get them back in the game, as both senior Jessica Guild (Flower Mound, Texas) and junior Nathesia Wright (Arlington, Texas) recorded five steals. SFA battled back to tie the game at 66 with 31 seconds left. The Ladyjacks got the ball back off a missed layup by the Wildcats' Aimee Grzyb. Senior Chaquita Dilworth (Temple, Texas) hit two free throws with only four seconds on the clock to put the game on ice. She finished the game with 13 points and four rebounds.
The Ladyjacks remain at home to open Southland Conference play Thursday night against Southwest Texas. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m., from the William R. Johnson Coliseum.