NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release)– Stephen F. Austin had four Ladyjacks in double digits tonight in the win over Oklahoma Panhandle State. Several records were broken for the young point guard freshman Alaysia Ready. She completed the night with a career high seven steals and eight points. Sophomore Kennedy Harris would also have a career day making three three-pointers and 15 points on the night. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker would have 12 points and eight rebounds, followed by junior Taylor Jackson with 11 points and six assists. In the paint for the Ladyjacks, senior Adrienne Lewis would have 10 points and eight rebounds. The SFA defense showed up tonight forcing 41 turnovers, which the Ladyjacks would convert into 42 points on the board. The Ladyjacks would squeak by on rebounds, outrebounding the Aggies 35-31. From the line, SFA would be 15-26 (57.7%).
“I thought that there were spurts there were we looked pretty good. And spurts, where our immaturity and lack of experience showed a little bit, but I thought that I saw some good things. I think defensively we were pretty active. We forced turnovers 41 times, so that shows some defensive activity. I didn’t love the way we converted some of those turnovers, that is something we have worked on, and then we turned it over too many times,” said Head Coach Mark Kellogg.
Senior Taylor Ross would open the boards for the Ladyjacks in the first two minutes of play. SFA would then go on an 11 point run with shots from Parker, Lewis, and Jackson, giving the Ladyjacks the 13-9 lead going into the first media timeout. Ready would create back-to-back steals that would convert into scoring opportunities in the field and one the line. SFA would step up the defense with an all-important stop by Rogers taking a charge to stop the Aggies momentum before the end of the first quarter.
Parker would get five quick points at the beginning of second half, starting a 10-2 streak over the Aggies at the 6:20 minute mark. Harris would connect with a terrific back door cut from freshman Riley Harvey to help the Ladyjacks take a 39-12 lead into the media timeout. Ready would take her fifth steal of the night and convert for a layup, breaking her career high with 2:00 to go in the half. OPSU would get five points before the half, but could not make a dent in the SFA’s 48-18 lead.
Oklahoma State would come out scoring first after the intermission and take advantage of a foul situation until SFA forced a jump-ball. The Ladyjacks would answer with a 10-4 streak from Jackson, Lewis and Harris to push the score to 58-22. Aggies would crawl their way back up with a three-pointer and a basket, closing the gap to 64-27 to end the third.
Freshman Lovisa Brunnberg would score her first shot of the night to start the fourth quarter. SFA would force an overshot three-pointers and a turnover, making OPSU call an early time out at the 7:27 minute mark. The Ladyjacks would go on scoring another 10 points to finish the night with a 77-43 win over the Aggies.
“There are some things we still need to clean up, but we got everyone some good minutes,” finished Kellogg. “That’s the goal in these games is to get everyone to play. Hopefully everyone is feeling good about their game, and get ready for the next challenge on Sunday.”
The Ladyjacks will be back in action on Sunday on the road in College Station against the No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies. Tip-off is set for 4:00p.m. CT, and the game will be livestreamed on SEC+ Network.