SFA Ladyjacks looking to remain perfect at home this season

VIDEO: Coach Kellogg interview

From SFA Athletics

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The SFA women’s basketball team looks to keep its league-leading win total and four game winning streak intact with the final game of a four-game homestand on Wednesday. SFA (12-3, 3-0 Southland) will face the University of New Orleans (5-8, 1-3 Southland) in a home bout before beginning a stretch of road play this weekend. Wednesday’s action will be shown on ESPN+, with third year play-by-play man Bobby Mauro on the call. Mauro can also be heard on the airwaves via FM 94.7 KVLL in the Nacogdoches area. The all-time series between the Privateers and Ladyjacks is not an old one –the two teams have met just 13 times since 1983—but it is one in which SFA leads by a 6-3 margin. The two teams have played once a year for the past five seasons, with SFA prevailing in all but one of the matchups. The 'Jacks also own a flawless 3-0 record at home against New Orleans, compared to a 2-3 mark in “The Big Easy”.

Head coach Mark Kellogg is 2-1 versus UNO’s Keeshawn Davenport while at the helm of SFA. Davenport is in her eighth season at the helm for UNO, and has led the Privateers to an overall record of 48-146 in her time there, highlighted by a 14-15 season in 2016-17 that saw them advance to the opening round of the Southland Conference Tournament. The Privateers are led in scoring by 6-1 forward Shania Woods and her 14.3 points per game, while supporting scorers Jada Duncantell (8.6 points) and Traya Bruce (7.8 points) help UNO to 63 points per game. UNO also does a good job on the defensive end, forcing opponents into 18.9 turnovers per game and holding them to a .397/.291/.678 (FG/3Pt/FT) shooting line on the season. Fit to test the Privateers defense is the capable and multi-faceted offense of the Ladyjacks, who are fresh off a thumping of rival Northwestern State thanks to a season-high 16 three-pointers.

The Ladyjacks nearly had three different players finish with 20 or more points, as Chanell Hayes tallied 24, Imani johnson added 22 and Marissa Banfield chipped in 17. SFA is averaging a healthy 77.6 points per game at home buoyed by a .463/.370/.714 (FG/3Pt/FT shooting line, and is allowing opponents just 53 points in turn. SFA’s biggest strength comes at home, where they have outscored opponents by +243 through ten games and come back to snatch victory in the second half of three games this season after trailing at the half. SFA’s tradition of success inside William R. Johnson Coliseum had led to a 10-0 record this season and a 36-3 record over the past three seasons in Nacogdoches.

TIP OFF TIDBITS• SFA is 20-6 in games played in January under head coach Mark Kellogg, with a perfect 10-0 mark last season and a 3-0 mark to start the month in this campaign.• The Ladyjacks have now won nine of their past 10 Southland Conference matchups dating back to last season.• SFA’s third quarter success at home this season has been the stuff of legend. Not only have the 'Jacks staged three come-from-behind victories off the strength of third quarter surges this season, but they have outscored opponents by +139 in the quarter through ten home games.

Chanell Hayes’ shooting outburst in the Northwestern State game has her just two three-pointers away from owning the ninth spot on the SFA all-time made threes list, with 126 for her career.

• SFA is receiving 15 votes in the Collegeinsider.com Mid Major Top 25 poll, the only Southland Conference program present in the poll

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