From SFA Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- Winners of its last four games, the Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team looks at two home matchups this week, starting on Thursday night against Incarnate Word. The ‘Jacks and Cardinals will tip at 7:00 p.m. inside William R. Johnson Coliseum, where the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The voice of the ‘Jacks, Rob Meyers, will also have the call on Q107.7 FM.
• With a season best four-game winning streak dating back to January 23rd, SFA is the hottest team in the Southland Conference heading into Thursday night’s battle against Incarnate Word. The Ladyjacks have beaten rivals Sam Houston State and Northwestern State at home during the stretch while picking up quality road wins at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist over the last two weeks. No other league foe has won more than its last two games.
• SFA currently has 998 wins in program history – the sixth most all-time in NCAA Division I women’s basketball. The Ladyjacks will be looking to take care of business at home this week to build the total to 1,000 on Saturday. Only five programs – Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, James Madison and Texas – have reached the 1,000-win milestone. SFA is just ahead of Stanford as the sixth winningest team all-time.
• Another milestone that has the potential to be reached this week in front of the home fans involves standout guard Taylor Ross. The junior currently has 970 career points as a Ladyjack – just 30 shy of joining the coveted 1,000-point club. Already averaging 16.2 points per game for the year, Ross would just need to post 15 points per game this week to accomplish the feat.
• Last Saturday at Houston Baptist, Taylor Ross scored a game-high 25 points and dished out four assists to lead SFA to its fourth straight victory. Seventeen of Ross' 25 points came in the second half – during which time she nearly outscored the entire HBU team single-handedly (21-17). Ross went 12-of-14 from the free throw line in the game and scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the Ladyjacks pull away late.
• Freshman guard Chanell Hayes has come on strong for the Ladyjacks in the last five games. After being one of two SFA players to score more than 10 points last Saturday at HBU, she has scored in double figures in five straight contests, averaging 12.0 ppg in the span. In her previous 11 games for SFA, she averaged just 1.5 ppg. She boasts an impressive 61.5 three-point field goal percentage (8-of-13) her last three times out. Only Hayes and Ross have posted double digits in five straight contests for the ‘Jacks.
• The Ladyjacks got big performances on the glass from freshman Kennedy Harris and sophomore Charisma Alexander against the Huskies last Saturday. Each guard hauled in 10 rebounds to help SFA control the glass against one of the best rebounding teams in the league. The total was a new career-high for Harris while Alexander came one board shy of tying her collegiate best.
A LOOK AT INCARNATE WORD
• The Ladyjacks are a perfect 3-0 all-time against Incarnate Word heading into Thursday’s game. Since the young series began during the 2013-14 season, SFA has won every meeting by at least 14 points. Last year, the ‘Jacks beat the Cardinals 64-47 in San Antonio on Feb. 12 before claiming a 58-44 victory at home on Feb. 26. Taylor Ross scored 12 points in each SFA win.
• The Cardinals come to Nacogdoches with a 6-15 record overall and a 3-7 mark in the SLC. After losing 10 straight games from Dec. 3 – Jan. 9, UIW is 3-4 over its last seven contests. During the recent span, the Cards have gotten big wins over Southeastern Louisiana, McNeese State and Nicholls. Most recently, the Cardinals lost to Lamar 59-49 last Saturday. Brianna Williams and Aricka Adams lead the team in scoring this season with 12.5 ppg and 12.7 ppg, respectfully.
• SFA will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. inside William R. Johnson Coliseum for the annual Cram the Coliseum date. The Ladyjacks beat the Islanders 71-66 on Jan. 30. It will be the first repeat SLC matchup of the season for SFA.