SFA Ladyjacks fall in conference final

From SFA sports information office

KATY, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks could not complete the Southland sweep on Sunday, falling in the championship game of the Southland Conference Tournament to Northwestern State by the final score of 62-44.

After winning their first regular season conference championship since 2010, the Ladyjacks could not win the conference tournament and get to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.

SFA (20-12) got another double-double from Porsha Roberts with 14 points and 13 rebounds as she was named to the All-Tournament Team. Senior Kali Jerrell joined her in double digits with 13 points and also was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Northwestern State (21-12) was led by Chelsea Rogers with 16 points as she hit 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Trudy Armstead had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds and was named the tournament's MVP. Point guard Jenell Perez also scored in double digits with 10 points and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

The Lady Demons got hot from beyond the arc in the first half hitting 5-of-10 shots from deep. Four different players hit 3-pointers, and six different players had at least four points in the opening stanza.

Both teams shot 10-of-26 in the first half, but it was the Lady Demons' five 3-pointers that helped put them ahead at the break as SFA went cold. The Ladyjacks went 0-for-6 beyond the arc to start the game.

Turnovers also plagued the Ladyjacks in the first half with six miscues leading to 14 points for the Lady Demons. NSU committed four turnovers, but SFA could only convert two of them into four points.

Overall, SFA committed 16 turnovers to NSU's nine. The Lady Demons scored 23 points off turnovers to SFA's seven for the game.

The momentum went to the Lady Demons thanks to a 19-8 run that built the lead up to 10 points for the first time in the game with 3:57 left in the first half.

SFA came out of the break strong going on a 5-0 run, all scored by Roberts to cut the lead to four points. But back-to-back 3-pointers from Chelsea Rogers for the Lady Demons a few minutes later would extend the lead back to double digits with 10 minutes to play.

After pulling within four points in the second half, SFA allowed NSU to go on a 10-2 run and get up by 11 points. The Ladyjacks would not be able to come any closer than eight points the rest of the way.

SFA will now await its postseason fate to see if the Ladyjacks receive a bid to another postseason tournament.