Parker, Ross Help SFA Rally Past SIUE, 82-74

Parker, Ross Help SFA Rally Past SIUE, 82-74

From SFA Athletics

KANSAS CITY, MO (Press Release)- Stevi Parker registered her first double-double of the season, Taylor Ross poured in a career-high 28 points and the Stephen F. Austin women's basketball team rallied past Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 82-74 on Friday afternoon in the UMKC Plaza Lights Classic.

Parker, a sophomore forward from Bixby, Oklahoma, was solid all game long, posting season-highs with 20 points and 11 rebounds. She connected on 8 of 14 shots, including two timely three-pointers in the second half.

Ross, on the other hand, did her damage in the second half after only playing five minutes in the first due to foul trouble. The junior guard didn't need much time to make a huge impact on the game though as she tallied a career-high 28 points in the final 20 minutes. She went 8-for-14 from the field, 12-for-16 from the free throw line and contributed six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal.

Senior guard Taylor Schippers ended the evening in double figures as well with 12 points. She iced the game down the stretch, going 9-for-10 from the charity stripe and also dished out a game-high six assists.

Sophomore forward Danielle Rogers was the fourth Ladyjack to climb the double-digit scoring hump, chipping in 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting. She collected seven boards to joinCharisma Alexander for the team-lead and help SFA own a 43-31 advantage on the glass.

Trailing 29-26 at halftime, SFA came alive in the third quarter thanks in large part to Ross' scoring outburst. She recorded the first seven points of the third quarter as part of an 11-0 run for the Ladyjacks to go up 37-31. Ross netted 16 points in the third frame overall and SFA doubled up SIUE 28-14 to carry an 11-point surplus, 54-43, into the fourth.

Ross gave the 'Jacks their biggest lead of the day at 56-43 on a pull-up jumper in the paint just 13 seconds into the fourth, but SIUE would come back in a hurry. The Cougars mounted a 15-0 run in the next three minutes to regain the lead, 58-56. After a tense few minutes, Schippers and Parker helped SFA reestablish position at 66-61 with back-to-back triples.

The Ladyjacks wouldn't look back from there, hitting 14 of their last 15 free throw attempts to seal the victory.

While the Ladyjacks didn't shoot the ball particularly well in the first half (34.5 FG%), it was Parker early and Rogers late that provided the majority of the offense. Parker created great looks in the first quarter, scoring SFA's first four points and assisting on the third bucket. SIUE owned a 16-10 advantage after 10 minutes of action.

After Parker was whistled for her second foul midway through the second quarter and went to the bench, Rogers picked up the workload. Over the final 3:39 of the half, the 6-2 sophomore knocked down three straight buckets to cut the Cougars' lead to three at 29-26.

Parker and Rogers went into the break with eight points apiece.

SFA's second half comeback was aided by a sizzling 55.2 percent shooting effort. The Ladyjacks finished the game scoring at a 44.8 percent clip.

SFA will play its second game of the UMKC Plaza Lights Classic on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. against Indiana State. The winner of the contest will be crowned the tournament champion.