TULSA, Okla. - Despite five players in double figures, and one of their better shooting performances of the season, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks dropped an 84-80 decision at Tulsa Monday evening. The loss drops SFA to 5-6 on the season as they focus on the Southland Conference opener Saturday.
The game started out as a game of short runs. SFA scored the first four points of the game, but Tulsa responded by scoring the next eight points, and SFA responded to that run by scoring the next seven. The first half remained close, as neither team could manage larger than a six-point lead. Tulsa took a 39-35 lead into the locker room.
The Ladyjacks shot the ball well in the opening half knocking down 15-of-36 (.417) shots, but Tulsa was equally impressive going 17-for-38 (.447) in the opening half. Both teams did a good job of hanging onto the ball in the first half. Both teams went into the locker room with only nine turnovers, but Tulsa did a better job of converting the miscues into points. Tulsa scored 15 points from SFA's turnovers, while SFA could only score four first-half points off turnovers.
The Ladyjacks quickly jumped out of the gate in the second half to reclaim the lead after an Amina Sawyer bucket and a Tammara Marion three, but the rest of the half resembled the first, as neither team could gain a big advantage. Both teams improved their shooting through the first 12 minutes of the second half as both teams were shooting at a 60-percent clip.
The Ladyjacks finished the game with five players in double figures led by 19 points from senior Whitney Cormier. Junior Ebony Alexander finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Golden Hurricane also had five players in double figures led by Chanice Scott's 18 points.
The Ladyjacks return to action Saturday when they open Southland Conference play against Sam Houston State. The game, which is slated for a 6 p.m. tip at the William R. Johnson Coliseum, will be the team's first home game in more than a month.