RUSTON, La. (Press Release)– The Ladyjacks put a four game win streak on the line going out to Ruston, La. on Wednesday afternoon. SFA faced off against the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters, and in the final seconds redeemed SFA’s first win in the Thomas Assembly Center since 1990. SFA had three Ladyjacks in the double digit points. Senior Taylor Ross led the charge with her second 20 point game of the season. Sophomore Chanell Hayes and senior Brentney Branch were both on fire beyond the arch with 13 points and 11 points, respectively. Sophomore Kia Fiskerplayed her biggest game all season, racking up four points and four rebounds off the board. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker had six rebounds on the afternoon, an even three on both sides of the floor. Stephen F. Austin had five players with four or more rebounds, but could not crack Louisiana Tech from outrebounding them, 40-32. Both teams had nine steals each.
La Tech started off with four quick points from two Ladyjack fouls early in the game. Ross scored first for SFA with a three-pointer off an inbounds play. The Lady Techsters offense went on a roll from the short corner as they put up six more points from the field. Parker then hit the easy bucket at the elbow to close the gap to a two point game going in to the first media timeout. The Lady Techsters pulled ahead again with a 5-0 run until freshman Riley Harveyand Fisker teamed up for a great defensive stop that transitioned into Hayes drawing the foul and sinking both shots at the line.
Fisker tacked on two free-throws at the beginning of the second before the defense dominated the next two minutes holding both teams scoreless. Harvey broke the trend with a shot from the block, closing the score to 17-16. La Tech then went on an 8-2 streak forcing SFA to call the early timeout. Ross and Riley forced back-to-back steals keeping the La Tech offense to a standstill. Lady Techsters came back with three unanswered buckets to take the double digit lead, 33-20, at the half.
After the intermission, Louisiana Tech kept up the pressure putting four points on the board in the first minute. Harris created another steal and fast break that she dumped off to Parker for the two points. SFA would take a six point streak from an And-1 situation from senior Adrienne Lewis and a triple from Branch. With the momentum, SFA came back to only a ten point deficit going in to the third media timeout. Branch hit her second three of the afternoon and closed it to a 38-33 point game. La Tech finally answered back after a silent 2:45 minutes with a bucket off the wing. Branch was back at it again sinking her third triple to turn the tide to only a three-point deficit at the end of the third.
Louisiana Techsters started the fourth with an eight point run, but the Ladyjacks came back strong after back-to-back triples from Hayes and a fast break jumper from Branch. SFA found themselves looking at their first lead of the game with 5:18 left on the quarter. SFA gave up a foul and two shots, but Hayes then knocked in her third triple to keep the Ladyjack lead. SFA would then give La Tech a rebound put-back that tied up the game with 48 seconds to go. The Lady Techsters forced an SFA turnover to a fast break attempt, but Ross would be there to take the charge to keep the tie. After 20 heart-stopping seconds and three timeouts, Harris found Ross for the last second layup to seal the 60-58 win for the Ladyjacks.
The Ladyjacks will be back at home on Saturday to start a four game home series before the winter break. The series will start with University of Montana coming into town on Saturday evening. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. CT, and the game will be live streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.