From SFA Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- The Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team has placed at least four players in double figures in each of the last three games. To no surprise, the Ladyjacks have come away victorious in all three of those contests.
Using the now expected balanced attack on Thursday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum, led by a career-high 16 points from freshman guard Chanell Hayes, SFA cruised past rival Northwestern State 68-52 to pick up its third straight win.
Hayes went 6-for-13 from the field, including a 3-for-5 performance from beyond the arc to go along with seven rebounds. Coupled with her 4-of-5 effort from deep last Saturday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Hayes has now made good on seven of her last 10 attempts from the outside.
Senior guard Taylor Schippers also continued her hot streak for the Ladyjacks, matching Hayes with a game-high 16 points. She dished out a season-high eight assists versus just two turnovers and tied a season best with four triples. The SFA captain rounded out her complete night with three steals.
Junior guard Taylor Ross put in 14 points (5-9 FG) in 25 minutes and led SFA with four steals on the defensive side of the ball. Turning in another career night for the Ladyjacks was sophomore forward Danielle Rogers, who tied a career-high with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Coming off the best three-point shooting performance in the nation this season at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Ladyjacks stayed hot into Thursday’s game. SFA shot 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the field in the opening quarter to build an 18-14 lead. The ‘Jacks used a 9-0 run late in the period to take control for good, capped by five consecutive points by Schippers.
Hayes took control in the second quarter, scoring 10 of SFA’s 18 points to help the Ladyjacks go into the intermission up 36-27. She led all scorers at the break while securing her fourth consecutive game with at least 10 points.
Ross opened the second half on a mission, tallying seven points in the first 1:53 to pad SFA’s lead to 43-31. She stole the opening inbound pass before converting an open-court layup, added another basket in transition and capped the spurt with a three-point play in the paint.
The explosion by Ross was much needed for the ‘Jacks in an otherwise slow quarter for both teams. After Ross’ seventh point of the quarter, SFA didn’t score again for 6:31 when Schippers drained a deep three from the top of the key. Hayes added a layup with 14 seconds left, giving her team an eight point cushion heading into the fourth, 48-40.
It didn’t take long for SFA to put NSU away from there as a 20-5 run to start the fourth gave the Ladyjacks their biggest lead of the night, 68-45, with 3:04 to go.
SFA was solid in the paint on the night, outscoring NSU 34-20 down low. SophomoreCharisma Alexander and junior Adrienne Lewis joined Hayes with seven rebounds apiece to control the inside.
The Ladyjacks will travel to Houston on Saturday for another SLC matchup with Houston Baptist. The action will start at 4:00 p.m. with the men’s game to follow at 7:00 p.m.