NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release) – Stephen F. Austin has finally tipped its cap to the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La. for the first time since 1990. The Ladyjacks were down by 13 points at the half and fell as far as 15 points behind in the second quarter. Head Coach Mark Kelloggand staff regrouped SFA at halftime, and with the help of three triples each from senior Brentney Branch and sophomore Chanell Hayes, the Ladyjacks found themselves with a one-point lead in the fourth quarter. A buzzer beater layup from senior Taylor Ross, who had her second 20 plus point game, preserved the win. After all the excitement, the Ladyjacks are pumped to be back on their home court.
Three Ladyjacks were in double digit points on Wednesday afternoon: Ross, Hayes, and Branch. Ross had 20 points, four assists, and five steals on the afternoon. Hayes had 13 points, nine of those off three-pointers. Branch also had three triples and a fast-break jumper to total 11 points against the Lady Techsters. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker led under the bucket with six rebounds, followed by sophomore Kennedy Harris, who had five rebounds.
Now, the University of Montana is coming into town on Saturday. The Lady Griz are 2-5 so far under the new direction of Head Coach Shannon Schweyen. Montana’s redshirt freshman guard Taylor Goligoski is averaging 12.3 points per game, and carried the Lady Griz with 15 points against Seattle University. Redshirt junior forward Mekayla Isaak is dominating in the paint for the Lady Griz. She has a total of 44 rebounds, averaging 8.8 per game. The Lady Griz played Seattle University last Friday and fell in a rough match up, 44-60.
The series between these two teams has but one chapter from 1986-87 season. The two teams clashed in the 1986 WNIT Tournament hosted in Amarillo, Texas. SFA was the 78-68 victor, and therefore leads the series 1-0.
After the weekend, SFA will have a seven-day break before they host Texas-Permian Basin on Dec. 17th. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. CT. The game can be live streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.