From SFA Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- The only team off from Southland Conference play during the week, the Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team is ready to take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. from the American Bank Center. The Ladyjacks will be looking to build on their momentum from a rivalry win over Sam Houston State last Saturday while attempting to capture their first true win away from home in the process. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 through the SLC with Lincoln Rose (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (color) on the call.
• The Ladyjacks snapped a five-game losing streak last Saturday against rival Sam Houston State by a final score of 70-63. It was the longest losing streak for the ‘Jacks since the 2004-05 season when that team ended the year with six consecutive losses. Now sitting at 2-5 in conference play, SFA could jump up to eighth in the league standings with a win over AMCC on Saturday.
• The Ladyjacks used a balanced attack offensively last weekend in their win over the Bearkats. For the first time during the 2015-16 season, five players scored in double figures led by senior guard Taylor Schippers’ season-high 25 points. Freshman guard Kennedy Harrisset a career-best with 11 points while Taylor Ross, Adrienne Lewis and Chanell Hayes each contributed 10 points.
• Junior center Adrienne Lewis turned in a mammoth double-double against Sam Houston State, grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds to go with her 10 points. She is in good company with her recent rebound mark as the 17-board outburst was the most in a single game for SFA since former standout Porsha Roberts hauled in 19 last season on March 5th against Northwestern State. Lewis now has two double-doubles this year – one shy of Stevi Parker’s team best.
• Junior guard Taylor Ross leads the team with 249 points this season and now has 912 points for her career. If she maintains her current 15.6 ppg seasonal average, she would join the coveted 1,000-point club this season on Feb. 18 at Lamar.
• With the exception of an 85-70 loss to first place Abilene Christian on Jan. 16, each SLC setback for SFA has come by single digits. The ‘Jacks lost to Central Arkansas by two points, New Orleans by one and Lamar by four during their five-game slide. For the season, SFA has lost seven games by 10 points or fewer.
• Junior guard Taylor Ross has shouldered a bulk of the scoring load this season and has stepped up even more since the Ladyjacks lost sophomore forward Stevi Parker for the season with an injury on Jan. 7. In four games since that date, Ross has scored in double figures in every game with an average of 17.8 ppg. She has two 20-point performances during the span and has six overall on the season.
• The absence of Stevi Parker has been apparent in SLC play. The sophomore was a rebounding machine and posted a double-double in each of her first two league games to start 2016. Without her team-high 7.9 rebounds per game, SFA has fallen to last place in the conference in defensive rebounds per game (20.7) through seven contests.
• For the first time of the season on Saturday night against SHSU, junior guard Brentney Branch failed to make a three-pointer and was also held scoreless. She had made a triple in 16 straight games going into the matchup. She leads the ‘Jacks in three-point field goal percentage (39.6) and made threes (38) for the year.
• Senior guard Taylor Schippers boasts the best assist/turnover ratio during conference play this season. She has dished out 25 assists while turning it over just eight times in seven SLC games for a ratio of 3.1. The next best mark is 2.3 (Jayln Johnson – McNeese). Schippers has a team-high 64 assists to her name overall.
A LOOK AT TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
• The Ladyjacks are 16-2 all-time against the Islanders heading into the 19th meeting between the two programs. After two victories over AMCC last year, SFA has won 16 straight in the series dating back to the 2004-05 season. In 2015 against Corpus, Taylor Ross led her team to a 64-55 win at home on Jan. 31 with 19 points and a career-high seven steals, whilePorsha Roberts stole the show on Feb. 14 with 32 points to guide SFA to a 74-62 road triumph.
• After starting the conference slate with five straight losses, the Islanders have won three consecutive games against Southeastern Louisiana, New Orleans and Incarnate Word to improve to 3-5 in SLC play. AMCC was picked to finish fifth in the league in both SLC preseason coaches and SID polls.
• The Islanders are led offensively by Brittany Mbamalu, who averages 11.2 points per game. Shay Weaver is next with 8.8 ppg in 12 games this year while Camesha Davis paces the squad with 6.5 rebounds per contest.
• The Ladyjacks return home next Thursday, Feb. 4 for a game against rival Northwestern State at 7:00 p.m. and then hit the road again on Saturday, Feb. 6 to face Houston Baptist at 4:00 p.m.