Baltimore, Md.(Press Release) – The Ladyjacks rounded out their week long road-trip in the northeast with a matchup against Coppin State on Friday afternoon. The Ladyjacks had an impressive first and fourth quarter to win with the highest margin of victory they have had all season. SFA completed the night with two players in double digits and outrebounded the Eagles 45-43. Senior Taylor Ross led the Ladyjacks with 18 points on the floor and three steals on the night. Senior Brentney Branch had 12 points, two of those three-pointers. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker led on the boards grabbing nine rebounds and had eight points on the night. Stephen F. Austin defense stole the ball 15 times and forced the ball over 29 times.
Sophomore Kennedy Harris opened the boards for the Ladyjacks with a drive to basket to draw the foul and then sink both free-throws. SFA then started an 11-2 streak from Parker, Harris, and sophomore Taylor Jackson that would take both teams into the first media timeout. Coppin State put a three-pointer up at the 1:56 minute mark, but the a terrific rebound and put-back by freshman Riley Harvey kept the double digit lead for the Ladyjacks, 23-13.
The second quarter would start with an open three by Coppin State, but then the Ladyjacks 7-2 streak, highlighted by a steal and fast-break by Ross. The Eagles fought their way back up taking five unanswered points forcing SFA to call the early timeout with 3:30 left in the half. SFA finally got the answer points from a post look from Ross to Lewis. However, the effort would have little benefit as the Eagles struck back on the next possession. The Eagles closed the gap to as little as two points, before a bucket from Lewis and another three-pointer from Branch made the score 37-30 at halftime.
After the break, both teams traded turnovers for the first minute until the Eagles broke the trend with a jumper that would bring it to a five point game. SFA would then take the momentum with a steal by Parker who passed it to Branch, and then dumped it to Ross for the finish. Harris followed up with a three-pointer, and then Ross, with the fancy moves, pulled SFA to their second 10 point lead of the game.
Ladyjacks then had the Eagles on their heels as they went on a 12-4 streak to push the score to 61-44. Coppin State received a fast break drive which, senior Danielle Rogers tried for the charge. The ensuing foul call would create chaos as the referees then called a technical foul on the Eagles. Ross took the designated tech free-throws and put one away for a 65-46 lead with 4:51 left in the game. The Eagles had a mini 11 point streak, but the Ladyjacks cut it short after points from Ross and a great finish by sophomore Kia Fisker. SFA would finished the game ahead 72-57.
Stephen F. Austin will be back in action at home to host LSU-Shreveport on Nov. 30th. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. CT. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3 with play-by-play action on Q107.7.