Ladyjacks’ Strong Second Half Not Enough at TCU

Ladyjacks’ Strong Second Half Not Enough at TCU

From SFA Athletics

NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- Despite a strong showing in the second half, the Stephen F. Austin women's basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start on Wednesday evening against TCU, dropping an 88-55 decision inside the University Recreation Center.

Redshirt sophomore Stevi Parker led the Ladyjacks offensively with 11 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting night. She hit three of four free throws, grabbed six rebounds and registered two steals on the evening.

Junior guard Taylor Ross helped SFA turn things around in the second half, scoring all 10 of her points in the final 20 minutes. She also handed out a team-best six assists.

Brentney Branch got it going in the second half as well, tallying seven of her nine points on the other side of the intermission. She helped SFA force 19 TCU turnovers with a team-high three steals.

Trailing 49-18 at halftime, the Ladyjacks came out a completely different team in the second half. TCU built its lead to 37 midway through the third quarter at 60-23, but SFA mounted a 16-4 run to close the gap. The Ladyjacks were behind 66-39 heading into the final act.

Branch kept the momentum going in the fourth, drilling a three-pointer and rolling in back-to-back breakaway layups in a span of just 1:30. Ross later converted a layup and assisted on another to junior center Adrienne Lewis to bring the 'Jacks to within 21 (71-50) with six minutes to go.

That was as close as they would come, however, as the Frogs were able to put an end to any comeback hope.

It was a tale of two halves for SFA, improving its 27.6 field goal percentage in the first half to 48.4 percent in the second. The Ladyjacks missed seven three-pointers in the first but went 4-for-9 in the second. The defensive pressure also picked up as SFA won the second half turnover battle 11-7. It was just a two-point difference (39-37) in favor of the Horned Frogs overall in the second half.

The Ladyjacks grabbed an early 4-3 lead after buckets from Parker and senior Taylor Schippers, but that would be their only lead of the game. TCU mounted a 19-0 run to build a 22-4 cushion with 1:52 left in the first quarter. The Frogs shot 71.4 percent (20-for-28) in the first half to jump ahead.

Schippers ended the game with seven points and four assists. Sophomore forward Danielle Rogers also chipped in seven points in just 15 minutes off the bench.

The Ladyjacks will get 10 days off before returning to action on Saturday, December 19th at home against Rice. Due to graduation inside William R. Johnson Coliseum on the same day, first tip won't be until 9:00 p.m.