Ladyjacks basketball nip Northwestern State 70-68

NATCHITOCHES, La. - Tammara Marion hit a game-winning jumper with nine
seconds remaining and the Ladyjacks claimed their 21st win of the season
with a 70-68 victory at Northwestern State Saturday afternoon.

SFA (21-8, 11-5) enters the Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 4
seed and will officially play Lamar Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in Katy. The
Ladyjacks defeated Lamar 61-51 on Feb. 22, the only meeting this season
between the two teams.

Marion scored a team-high 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting and was helped by
another solid performance from freshman Porsha Roberts, who scored 16 points
and grabbed seven rebounds.

Northwestern State (6-23, 2-14) received a tremendous performance from Jordi
James, who came up one point shy of tying her career high with 31 points on
10-of-21 shooting and made five of eight from three-point territory.

Trudy Armstead (16 points) and Ronikka Drake (12 points) also scored in
double-figures for the Lady Demons.

The Ladyjacks dominated Northwestern State by winning the points in paint
battle 34-18 and won the rebounding war 41-25. SFA won despite committing 20
turnovers of which the Lady Demons converted into 19 points.

After allowing Northwestern State to shoot 54 percent from the floor in the
first half, SFA tightened their defense and limited the Lady Demons to just
35 percent in the second half.

After jumping out to a quick start and developing a 10-point lead, the
Ladyjacks quickly found themselves in a dog fight as Northwestern State's
offense came to life. The Lady Demons shot 54 percent from the floor in the
first half, including 60 percent (6-of-10) from three-point territory to
close out the half trailing just 42-40.

Roberts had a monster first half with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting ,
followed by eight points from Marion and seven points a piece from Brittney
Matthew and Ashlee Mells.


Kenny Bybee