NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin women's basketball team went on a 22-2 run early in the second half and never looked back en route to a convincing 76-56 victory over New Orleans on Thursday night in William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks have won eight straight games at home and own a three-game winning streak overall.
The Ladyjacks (10-5, 3-1 SLC) got a balanced attack on the offensive end as Porsha Roberts (15), Paulletta Powell (13), Tierany Henderson (11) and Brentney Branch (11) all scored in double figures on the night. Roberts also secured 12 rebounds, including five offensive boards, to pick up her seventh double-double of the year. She went 6-for-10 from the field and led SFA with two steals.
In her second career start, Powell's 13 points set a career-high mark. The junior knocked down three triples and went 4-for-8 from the field. Henderson and Branch also connected on three shots from beyond the arc to help SFA match a season-high with 12 threes as a team.
The Privateers (2-11, 0-4 SLC) held the lead for just 19 seconds on the evening – a 2-0 advantage after Alexis Martin hit the first shot 20 seconds in – but managed to hang around over the course of the opening frame. UNO trailed 35-29 at the break and another jumper by Martin to open the second period cut the SFA lead to 35-31 with 19:54 to play.
But the Ladyjacks were just heating up.
Henderson drilled back-to-back threes within a 44-second span to ignite a 22-2 spurt over a five-minute window early on in the second half. Powell also dumped in a pair of three-pointers over the stretch, including a deep look from the wing to cap the run and give SFA its largest lead of the game at 57-33. The 24-point cushion at the 14:49 mark proved to be more than enough for the Ladyjacks to cruise to the 20-point victory.
Senior Brittney Matthew and sophomore Taylor Ross led the SFA back court, dishing out 10 assists while turning the ball over just three times combined. Matthew added nine points and Ross chipped in six.
Sophomore center Adrienne Lewis matched a career-high with eight points off the bench for the Ladyjacks.
Defensively, SFA limited UNO to 33.3 percent shooting in the contest and forced 17 turnovers. Roberts and Henderson each swatted two shots to help the Ladyjacks out block the Privateers 5-0. Freshman Charisma Alexander provided the other denial.
SFA will go for its fourth win in a row when the team travels to play Abilene Christian on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. inside Moody Coliseum.