SFA Women's hoops look for revenge Saturday

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack (8-7/3-1 SLC) basketball team will look to rebound from their 86-79 setback at Texas-Arlington when they face Southeastern Louisiana Saturday afternoon. The Ladyjacks, who just had a season-long three-game win streak snapped at UTA, enter Saturday's contest leading the Southland Conference East Division by a half game over Northwestern State. SFA is currently in a two-way tie for third in the league. The Lady Lions are currently in a two-way tie for third in the SLC East with a 2-2 (.500) conference mark. Saturday's game will be the Ladyjacks' second divisional road game.

Coaches: Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack head coach Lee Ann Riley is 139-112 (.554) in her ninth season in Nacogdoches. Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions' head coach Lori Davis-Jones is 97-117 (.453) in her eighth season in Hammond. She is 175-214 (.450) in 16 seasons as a head coach.

SFA vs. the Lady Lions: The Ladyjacks are 22-2 (.917) all-time versus Southeastern Louisiana. SFA has won five consecutive in the series, including a 63-58 win last year in Hammond.

Offensive Threat: Despite Wednesday's setback, the Ladyjacks continue to have one of the conference most explosive offenses. Since inserting junior Ebony Alexander into the starting lineup SFA has averaged 89.8 points per game.

Offensive Stock Rising: After shooting less than 40 percent from the field in a majority of the team's first 10 games of the year, SFA has settled down and their shooting percentage is on the rise. The Ladyjacks have shot better nearly 44 percent during that time.

Redefining the Term "Point Guard": Junior Ebony Alexander may be in the process of redefining the role of a point guard. The Dallas, Texas, native was inserted into the starting lineup at the beginning of the conference play, and she has rewarded her coach's decision in every facet of the game. She is averaging 11.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game during that stretch.

Approaching a Milestone: Senior Whitney Cormier scored 18 points at Texas-Arlington and needs only 51 points to become the 24th Ladyjack in school history to score 1,000 points.

Up Next ... The Ladyjacks return to action Wednesday, Jan. 27, when they return home to host Northwestern State. The game against the Lady Demons is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from the William R. Johnson Coliseum.