From SFA Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS (Press Release)- The Stephen F. Austin women's basketball team will look to rebound from a tough road loss at Louisiana Tech over the weekend when the squad returns to William R. Johnson Coliseum on Tuesday night. The Ladyjacks will host LSU-Shreveport, an NAIA institution currently ranked 25th in the nation, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
"LSU-Shreveport has done some good things already this year," said head coach Mark Kellogg. "They've picked up a couple quality wins against some other ranked NAIA teams and competed well against a Division I program in an exhibition game. They're really athletic and have some talented post players. They'll challenge us in different ways for sure."
The Pilots are off to a good start to the 2015-16 season, already knocking off two top 25 teams among the NAIA ranks. LSU-S first upset No. 7 Oklahoma City on Nov. 14 and then beat No. 21 Xavier just one day later in the LSU-Shreveport Classic.
Junior forward Kourtney Pennywell leads the Pilots in scoring through four games, averaging 13.5 points on 45.9 percent shooting (17-for-37). Sophomore guard Alexandra Miller has also been a threat offensively with a 10-point scoring average in four games (three starts) while junior forward Quiana Tucker is putting up a double-double nearly every time she takes the floor with 8.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest.
For the Ladyjacks, it was a convincing 91-69 victory over UT-Tyler in the season opener that got the season started off right. Over the weekend, however, SFA ran into a hot LA Tech team that bested the Ladyjacks 76-44 in Ruston. The Lady Techsters took a one-point lead into the break but outscored SFA 32-4 in the third quarter to open the game up.
Freshman guard Chanell Hayes paced the 'Jacks with 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting on the night and averages 11.0 ppg through the first two games of the year. Sophomore guardBrentney Branch currently leads the team with 14.0 points per game this season, followed closely by senior guard Taylor Schippers (12.0 ppg). Senior guard Paulletta Powell and sophomore forward Stevi Parker have each been contributing 9.0 points per night so far.
Preseason All-Conference guard Taylor Ross is expected to see her first action of the season on Tuesday night after missing both of SFA's first two games. She is the Ladyjacks' top returning scorer from last year's championship team with 14.0 ppg in 31 contests.