Lewis’ Career Night Not Enough as SFA Drops Thriller to UCA, 55-53

Lewis’ Career Night Not Enough as SFA Drops Thriller to UCA, 55-53

From SFA Athletics

NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- Junior center Adrienne Lewis posted a monster double-double for the Stephen F. Austin women's basketball team on Thursday night but it was spoiled by way of a 55-53 Central Arkansas victory inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Lewis scored the final six points of the game for the Ladyjacks, including a layup to level the score at 53-53 with just under 20 seconds to play. The Sugar Bears missed a jumper with 4.7 ticks on the clock but earned an open layup on the ensuing inbound play to go up 55-53.

SFA got a mid-range jumper off before the final horn but it bounded off the back iron to give UCA its first win in Nacogdoches in seven tries.

Lewis scored 18 points on an efficient 8-for-10 shooting night and hauled in 13 rebounds to complete her first career double-double. Both point and rebound totals were collegiate bests. She was all over the offensive glass, pulling in seven offensive rebounds to give her team additional possessions.

Senior guard Taylor Schippers joined Lewis in double figures with 11 points. She knocked down 2 of 4 three-point attempts and dished out a game-high six assists compared to zero turnovers.

Taylor Ross contributed with nine points and five assists on the night.

After working up to the largest lead of the evening at 40-30 with 3:33 to play in the third quarter, the Ladyjacks turned the ball over on eight of their next 10 possessions to let the Sugar Bears close the gap. A resulting 14-2 run put UCA back in front, 44-42, midway through the final quarter.

Momentum shifted back and forth from there with the pendulum swinging in the Sugar Bears favor at the end.

The first half was a tight, defensive battle throughout, featuring four ties and four lead changes. The Ladyjacks forced six turnovers and limited the Sugar Bears to a 29.2 field goal percentage (7-for-24) over the first 20 minutes.

Lewis scored the first four points for SFA and junior guard Brentney Branch quickly followed with a three-pointer as the home team jumped out to a 7-4 lead. UCA pushed in front by the end of the first quarter, 13-10, but it was the three-ball that guided the 'Jacks back in the second.

Corner threes from the same location by freshman guard Kennedy Harris and Ross put SFA on top 20-17 with 3:55 to play in the first half. Schippers capped the first half triple-fest with a deep three as time expired to give the Ladyjacks a 23-22 cushion at the break.

UCA junior guard Maggie Proffitt burned SFA with a 28-point performance on 9-for-20 shooting. She went 6-for-10 in the second half to help her team post a 58.8 field goal percentage as a team during the period.

The 'Jacks also shot better in the second half, getting 8 of 12 shots to fall in the third quarter and hitting 48 percent (12-for-25) overall in the frame.

SFA will next travel to New Orleans for a Thursday night game against the Privateers in one week. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.