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SFA Returns Home to Face Central Arkansas on Thursday Night

From SFA Athletics

NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- The Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team will put its impressive home conference winning streak on the line this Thursday night when Central Arkansas rolls into town for a 7:00 p.m. tip inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks can get back on the right side of .500 in league play with a win while the Sugar Bears will be looking to improve to 12-2 overall on the year. Fans can watch the Texas-Arkansas battle live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

STORYLINES
• The Ladyjacks’ midweek matchup with the Sugar Bears ends a grueling stretch of four games played in a nine-day span. SFA is currently 2-1 in the period, beating Texas A&M-Commerce on Dec. 30 and McNeese on Jan. 2 before dropping a 65-56 contest at Southeastern Louisiana on Monday night. Following Thursday’s game, the Ladyjacks will have a full week to prepare for New Orleans.

• SFA hasn’t lost to a Southland Conference opponent at home in 700 days spanning parts of the last three seasons and currently boasts a 14-game home SLC win streak. The Ladyjacks’ last loss against a league foe inside William R. Johnson Coliseum came back on Feb. 6, 2014 in a narrow 75-74 double overtime setback against Nicholls. Over the last three seasons, SFA is 18-1 against the conference at home, including a 9-0 record last season.

• The Ladyjacks and Sugar Bears will meet for the 16th time when they line up across from each other on Thursday evening. SFA currently holds an 11-4 edge in the series and has won four of the last five meetings. The Ladyjacks are a perfect 6-0 against UCA in Nacogdoches with an average margin of victory set at 9.8 points. The last two wins for SFA have come by 20+ points.

• Last year on Jan. 8, SFA posted its most lopsided victory in SLC play all season by way of a 73-46 thrashing of the Sugar Bears in Conway, Arkansas. Sophomore guard Brentney Branch exploded off the bench for a career-high 23 points to lead SFA’s lethal three-point attack. She hit all five of her shots from distance and went 8-for-10 overall from the field. The ‘Jacks shot 83.3 percent (10-for-12) from three-point land as a team – the ninth-best three-point field goal percentage in a single game in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history.

• Sophomore forward Stevi Parker has been on fire for the Ladyjacks over the team’s last five games. The Bixby, Oklahoma native has scored at least 11 points in every game over the stretch while increasing her rebound total in each contest. Parker has posted a double-double in both SLC bouts, averaging 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Overall, she is scoring 13.6 ppg on 66.7 percent shooting and hauling in 8.6 boards a night in the five-game span.

• The Sugar Bears are off to a good start to 2015-16, coming in with a record of 11-2, including a league mark of 1-1. After falling at Tennessee on Nov. 15, UCA won nine straight times until the streak was snapped in its SLC opener against Abilene Christian, 61-49, on Jan. 2. The Sugar Bears earned their first conference victory on Tuesday night in a 66-55 road win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. UCA is led offensively by Maggie Proffitt (12.2 ppg) and Brianna Mullins (9.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.2 ast).

• The Ladyjacks have their eyes set on a third consecutive Southland Conference regular season title in 2016 after winning the league championship each of the last two seasons. Already with a league-best 17 regular season crowns, a third straight title in 2016 would make SFA the first team in the league to three-peat since the Ladyjacks accomplished the feat from 2000-02. After two games last season, SFA was 1-1 in SLC play – the same position the 2015-16 squad finds itself in now.

• Following Thursday night’s game, the Ladyjacks will take a week to get ready for a trip to New Orleans, where the Privateers will be waiting to meet on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. SFA then gets three straight games at home against Abilene Christian (Jan. 16), Lamar (Jan. 21) and Sam Houston State (Jan. 23). The latter of the matchups will serve as the annual ‘Cram the Coliseum’ night promotion.

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