ARLINGTON, Texas - The Ladyjacks got a double-double from Jordan Ford and dominated both on the glass and at the free throw line in picking up a 67-63 win over UT-Arlington on Saturday afternoon at Texas Hall.
SFA (5-12, 2-2 SLC) struggled from the field for the majority of the day, shooting just 29 percent from the floor, but outrebounded the Mavs (5-12,
2-3 SLC) 55-42 on the glass, including holding a 25-12 edge on the offensive boards. The Ladyjacks also went 22-for-28 at the charity stripe for the game, compared to just 12-for-18 for UTA.
It was just the second win for SFA in the last 14 games of the series and snaps a seven-game losing streak to UTA that dated back to the 2005-06 season.
Ford finished with her fifth career double-double and the first by any Ladyjack this year, putting up season highs with 21 points and 12 rebounds as one of three Ladyjacks that reached double figures. Nine of her 12 boards came on the offensive end.
Courtney Conwright finished with 13 points and seven rebounds of her own, nailing three triples in the second half in helping SFA push its lead to its peak at 12 points at the 5:12 mark of the second period. Guard Tammara Marion reached double figures again with a dozen points, but was held without a three-point basket for just the second time this season.
The SFA defense held UTA to under 40 percent shooting and forced 12 turnovers while UTA hit just three of 13 three-point tries for the day.
Ford had 10 of her 21 points in the first half as SFA shot less than 25 percent in the first 20 minutes, but was 10-for-12 at the free throw stripe and got eight points late in the half off the bench, including its only two three-point buckets, from Chelsea Foy to take a solid 30-23 lead into the break.
The first 11 minutes of the first half saw the Mavs cut into the lead, eventually taking a two-point advantage, 47-45, on a bucket from Shalyn Martin who finished with a team-high 18 points. But that deficit seemed to be just the spark SFA needed as the Ladyjacks quickly answered with a layup from Ford that ignited a 14-2 run for SFA over a three-minute stretch of the half that gave the Ladyjacks their biggest lead of the afternoon at 61-49.
From there it was all free throws for SFA as the offense did not make a single field goal over the final five minutes of the game, but hit six of eight free throws in the final minute of the game to withstand the Mavs' run that brought them as close as three points with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game.
The Ladyjacks will have a chance to move above .500 in league play when it hosts Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State on Wednesday before going on the road once again, this time to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday.