`Jacks Beaumont Bound for Thursday Clash With Cardinals

`Jacks Beaumont Bound for Thursday Clash With Cardinals

From SFA Athletics

NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- Fresh off picking up its 1,000th win in program history last Saturday afternoon, the Stephen F. Austin women's basketball team will attempt to keep the momentum rolling this Thursday night against Lamar. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 from inside the Montagne Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.

• Using its current six-game winning streak, SFA has vaulted all the way to fourth place in the Southland Conference standings with six games to go. The Ladyjacks haven't lost since Jan. 23 and are the hottest team in the league. No other team has won more than its last three games.

• With Saturday's thumping of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Ladyjacks secured their 1,000th victory all-time, becoming just the sixth program in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to reach the monumental milestone. With a 1,000-433 overall record, SFA ranks sixth in total wins behind only Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, James Madison, Old Dominion and Texas.

• Junior guard Taylor Ross also reached a career milestone last Saturday against the Islanders, scoring 25 points to join the coveted 1,000-point club. She has scored a team-high 347 points during the 2015-16 season to bump her career total to 1,010. Ross enters into the club, joining 2014-15 teammates Porsha Roberts and Tierany Henderson as the latest members to do so. Ross averages 11.5 points per game for her career and 16.5 ppg on the season.

• SFA dominated the third quarter against Corpus Christi to cruise to its sixth straight win. Outscoring the Islanders 21-7 in the frame, the Ladyjacks stretched their lead to as many as 21 in the fourth quarter and held on to win 72-59. Ross led the way with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting and had six assists and four steals. Brentney Branch also had a big game, hitting four three-pointers en route to a 21-point performance.

• The Ladyjacks, the top shooting team in the Southland Conference this season at 42.8%, have been red hot from the field over their six-game winning streak. SFA has shot at least 41.0% in every game and is 152-for-326 (46.6%) during the span overall.

• The Ladyjacks are 52-14 all-time against Lamar heading into the 67th installment in the series history. SFA knocked off the Cardinals twice last season, winning 59-55 on the road on Jan. 22 before taking a 71-60 decision at home on Feb. 19. This year, the `Jacks came up on the short end of a 64-60 decision at home on Jan. 21. SFA was outscored 22-9 in the first quarter and couldn't complete the comeback despite a 23-point effort from Taylor Ross. It was the last loss for SFA before the squad rattled off six straight victories.

• Picked to finish first in both the SLC preseason coaches and SID polls, Lamar is off to an underwhelming start (6-7 SLC) to the 2015-16 season. Currently in sixth place in the league table, the Cardinals have lost three of their last five, including a 77-66 defeat at Houston Baptist on Feb. 10. Senior Addesha Collins leads the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game.

• The Ladyjacks will make the trip to Thibodaux, Louisiana following their game against the Cardinals, where they will take on Nicholls State in the only matchup between the two programs during the season. The game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.