CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks outscored the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders 39-23 in the second and got a big boost from their bench en route to their fifth straight victory with a 72-60 triumph Saturday afternoon at the Dugan Wellness Center.
SFA (20-7, 10-4) recorded their first 20-win season since the 2006-07 campaign thanks in part to a game-high 18 points from senior Tammara Marion.
The Houston, Texas native scored 10 of her 18 points in the second half including a monumental three-pointer in the opening minutes.
At the 16-minute mark, Marion connected on one of her four made three-pointers on the day, giving her 73 for the year and at the same time breaking the single-season record of 72 she established last season.
Just as impressive as Marion's performance was the second half charge of the Ladyjack bench. After being outscored 11-10 in the first half, SFA flipped the switch by finishing the day with a 34-15 advantage from their second unit.
Senior guard Courtney Conwright played one of her finest games of the season, scoring nine points in a critical stretch that saw SFA rally from down four to an 11-point lead. Annette Davis (10 points), Tierany Henderson (7 points) and Sha Turner (6 points) also played key roles in the second-half comeback.
After a bit of a sluggish start to the second half, the Ladyjacks went on an 11-2 run of their own to open up a 51-46 lead at the 12:17 mark, their biggest advantage of the afternoon.
SFA trailed 37-26 with just a few minutes left before halftime but were able to put together a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 37-33 going into the locker room.
Both Marion and Matthew led SFA with eight points a piece in the first half. Marion also drained two three-pointers, which gave her 72 for the season and tied the SFA single-season record for made three-pointers.
Defensively the Ladyjacks struggled in the opening 20 minutes, allowing the Islanders to shoot 50 percent (15-for-30) from the floor and 44 percent (4-of-9) from behind the arch. Alisa Roberts led A&M-Corpus Christi with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting, which included 3-of-6 from three-point territory.
After jumping out to a 10-7 lead in the first five minutes, the Ladyjacks quickly found themselves in a hole following a 15-5 run by the Islanders that gave A&M-Corpus Christi a 22-15 lead.
For the game SFA outscored A&M-Corpus Christi 24-10 points in the paint and dominated on the glass, 40-29.
The Islanders (8-19, 4-10) were led in scoring by both Myeisha Myles and Alisha Roberts, both of whom scored 15 points.
The Ladyjacks will return home on Wednesday, Feb. 29 when they host rival Sam Houston State on Senior Night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.