NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team will host the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions (1-7) on Monday evening at William R. Johnson Coliseum. Tip is set for 6 p.m. as the Ladyjacks (5-6) will look to extend their winning streak to three games. The Ladyjacks are coming off a dominant performance against Henderson State that saw SFA cruise 72-56. Texas A&M-Commerce won its last game, 68-64, against Ouchita Baptist.
· The Lions are led by Breanna Harris, averaging 17.9 points per game. She also is averaging a double-double so far on the year, pulling down 10.8 rebounds per game. Her scoring has been efficient as well, as Harris is shooting 54.2 percent from the field. Danielle Dixon joins Harris in averaging double digits, posting 10.9 points per game. In the Lions’ victory over Ouchita Baptist, Dixon tallied 22 points.
· SFA is one of the most dominant defenses in the paint in the Southland Conference again in 2013-14. The Ladyjacks currently lead the league with 4.7 blocks per game with 52 through 11 games. The next closest team is Abilene Christian with 3.8 per game. ACU has more total blocks on the year, but has tallied its 53 blocks in three more contests. The Ladyjacks rank in the Top 50 in the nation in the category, tying with James Madison at No. 35.
· One reason why SFA is blocking so many balls again is junior center Porsha Roberts. Roberts is averaging 2.55 per game with 28 and is on pace for one of the best seasons in school history. At her current pace, Roberts could even break the career record at SFA before the end of the season. She is tied for 26th in the nation in blocks per game heading into Monday’s action. Roberts also is posting 15.2 points per game to rank 7th in the Southland. Her 3.8 offensive rebounds rank 3rd in the conference to help the Ladyjacks score 12.4 second chance points per game and rank 5th in offensive rebounds.
· Junior point guard Brittney Matthew posted a career-high 24 points in the victory over Henderson State. It marked the second time this season she has reached the 20-point plateau. In the win, Matthew was 10-of-14 from the field and added 5 assists to go with just 1 turnover.
· Freshman guard Taylor Ross has made an impact on SFA’s offense early this season. The newcomer leads the team in assists despite her limited time of running the point behind junior Brittany Matthew. Ross is averaging 3.0 assists per game and ranks 12th in the conference. She posted a new career-high of 6 assists in the win over Grambling State on two weeks ago. Ross has posted at least 2 assists in every game but one this year and reached 4 or more three times. Ross also has the No. 2 assist-turnover ratio in the league at 2.1, which also ranks 72nd in the nation.
· SFA is currently the No. 2 offense in the Southland Conference. The Ladyjacks are averaging 68.8 points per game and have scored 70 or more points 5 times this season. SFA has found its offensive rhythm lately, scoring at least 72 points in each of the last 3 contests, including a 92-point performance against Grambling State and a 83-point total in a close loss to ULM.
· Monday’s game is the third in a 5-game homestand for the Ladyjacks ranging from Dec. 15-Jan. 4. SFA will play three home games in the month of December this year. Last season, the Ladyjacks’ only home game during this month was against Tulsa on Dec. 30. SFA played at Grambling, Oklahoma State, Rice and SMU last season during December.