Ladyjacks prepare for WBI opening game against Northern Iowa

Head coach Brandon Schneider and the Ladyjacks basketball team advanced to the Southland tournament title game for the first time since 2007 this season. The Ladyjacks came up just short in their shot at a 16th conference championship, but their season is not over.

SFA has accepted a bid to play in the Women's Basketball Invitational tournament featuring 16 teams around the country. Monday SFA found out they will face Northern Iowa on Thursday at home in Nacogdoches. That's not a lot of time to study their next opponent but the Ladyjacks say they are prepared.

"It's a short turn around, but for the coaches sometimes it is shorter than for the players since it is a late night studying tape," said Schneider. "But our players will get the same amount of preparation that they would during a conference game."

Senior guard Tammara Marion says the team should be ready no matter the amount of practice time.

"There are certain keys that are the same and it doesn't matter if you have a scouting report or not," said Marion. "We are going to try to get as prepared as we can and if we play defense and use our keys everything should still be the same."

This is the first post season tournament under Schneider for the Ladyjacks and they say this will help build the program's future.

"I'm really happy for the girls to get to keep playing," said Schneider. "But we want them to understand that we want to expect post season play and know the importance of that."

Marion said she is happy for the young team to get to keep playing and she wants to go out with a bang as a senior.

"Since I've been here we have only went to one post season tournament and that was the WNIT," said Marion. "So anytime we play any type of post season it's just a good opportunity since I am a senior to play and try to get a championship under my belt."

The Ladyjacks tip off at 7pm in Nacogdoches Thursday night. If they win they will move on to face rival Sam Houston State in the second round Saturday night at 6pm.

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