From SFA Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- The Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team fired from all cylinders on Tuesday night inside William R. Johnson, cruising to a 94-39 victory over LSU-Shreveport. The Ladyjacks improve to 2-1 on the year and extend their home winning streak to 17 games with the victory.
In her first game of the year, junior guard Taylor Ross didn’t take long to show why she was a 2015-16 Preseason All-Southland Conference selection. The Pflugerville native scored 11 points in the first six minutes to help SFA get out to a fast start. She ended the night with a game-high 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting with three assists and three steals.
Chanell Hayes continued to play well in her freshman season, posting 15 points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes of action off the bench. The guard shot the ball at a 5-for-9 clip with a pair of threes.
Senior guard Taylor Schippers pieced together a balanced stat line, contributing 11 points, six assists and five steals. Midway through the third quarter she found Ross in transition with a slick no-look, behind-the-back pass, which resulted in an easy layup.
Rounding out SFA’s four players in double figures was senior guard Victoria Pena. In just 11 minutes of play, Pena was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field with two three-pointers to tally a career-high 10 points. She also hauled in two rebounds and notched an assist during the non-conference contest.
In total, 11 different players found the scoring column in a complete team effort. Sophomore forward Stevi Parker finished the evening with nine points and junior center Adrienne Lewis chipped in eight points to go along with three blocks.
The Ladyjacks’ defense was suffocating all night long as SFA forced a season-high 33 turnovers. Schippers (5 steals), Ross (3 steals) and senior guard Paulletta Powell (3 steals) led 11 different players with steals. The takeaways were pivotal to SFA’s success as the team outscored the Pilots 52-9 in points off turnovers and also held a 26-0 advantage in fast break points.
LSUS was limited to just 31.9 percent shooting without a made three-pointer compared to a stout 56.1 percent effort and 10 triples from SFA.
Thanks to Ross’ hot start, SFA jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first quarter. Freshman KJ Stastny nailed back-to-back three-pointers to close the period, extending the Ladyjacks’ cushion to 34-10.
In control at 56-19 heading into halftime, SFA kept its foot on the gas in the third quarter. With another heavy dose of Ross and Schippers, the Ladyjacks outscored LSUS 26-4 in the frame. The backcourt duo each registered nine points in the second half overall.
At the 1:59 mark in the third, freshman Kennedy Harris banked home a layup to give SFA its biggest lead of the game at 82-21. The 61-point disparity would shrink a touch by the final whistle, but the home team finished with a comfortable 94-39 win.
The Ladyjacks will next be in action in the UMKC Plaza Lights Classic in Kansas City, Mo. from Nov. 27-28. SFA will take on SIUE on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. and Indiana State on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. as part of the Thanksgiving Tournament.