From SFA Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- Senior guard Taylor Schippers notched a season-high 19 points, sophomore forward Stevi Parker added 14 and the Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team raced past Rice in the second half, 59-45, on Saturday night in William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The win halts a four-game losing streak and gets the Ladyjacks back to .500 for the year.
Not having a game in 10 days didn’t slow Schippers down in the slightest. She had a well-rounded night with five steals and three assists to go with her season-best point total. The Houston native went 8-for-14 from the field, including 3-for-6 from three-point range.
Parker continued to play well on both ends of the court with 14 points, seven rebounds and three takeaways. She converted six of eight attempts from the floor and has now shot 83.3 percent (10-for-12) over her last two games.
Trailing by five after the first half, SFA came alive in the second. The Ladyjacks outscored the Owls 39-20 over the final 20 minutes to claim the 14-point victory. The disparity was a result of a 53.8 percent effort from the floor while limiting Rice to just 26.3 percent shooting in the second half.
SFA forced 21 Rice turnovers overall on the evening and snatched 14 steals. The ‘Jacks’ 21-7 advantage in points off turnovers was the end result of the hard-nosed defense.
Junior guard Taylor Ross ignited the ‘Jacks off the opening tip, swiping a steal and converting the transition layup within the first eight seconds of the game. Parker followed with a sweet backdoor cut and lay-in before knocking down a baseline jumper to get SFA out in front 6-1.
The Ladyjacks went cold from the field the rest of the quarter, allowing Rice to close the period on a 13-3 run and take a 14-9 lead.
SFA got a nice spurt in the second quarter to take the lead at 20-19. Sophomore guardCharisma Alexander used a spin move to work her way into the lane where she got a floater to go. Senior guard Paulletta Powell stole the ensuing inbound pass and banked home a layup. A 9-1 SFA run was capped by a long-range three-ball from Brentney Branch.
Rice got a couple buckets late to take a 25-20 edge into the locker room.
Hampered with foul trouble for most of the night, Ross finished with seven points and three assists in 22 minutes. Junior center Adrienne Lewis led the team with 10 rebounds while chipping in five points.
The Ladyjacks will wrap up their non-conference slate after the Christmas break when Texas A&M-Commerce comes to town on Wednesday, Dec. 30. SFA will have the chance to end 2015 above .500 when action gets underway starting at 6:00 p.m. inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.