NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release)– The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks have one more home stand before the winter break and conference play. On Tuesday night, the Panthers from Prairie View A&M will be in town, and the clash between the two teams will begin at 7:00 p.m. CT.
Senior Taylor Ross, this week’s College Sports Madness Player of the Week, totaled 29 points last Saturday against UT- Permian Basin. The Pflugerville native is now currently ranked second in the NCAA for free-throws attempted and third in the NCAA for free-throws made. Ross also now holds two spots in the Program’s Top 10 Field Goal Percentages in a single game. She had a perfect 6-6 game (100%) against LSU- Shreveport and a 11-12 game (91.7%) against UTPB.
Four other Ladyjacks were also in double-digit figures on Saturday. Senior Adrienne Lewis was two rebounds shy of her season first double-double. She had 12 points and eight rebounds. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker had 13 points, senior Brentney Branch had 13, and freshman Riley Harvey had 10 points.
The Ladyjack defense also held its national ranking as SFA ranked fourth in the NCAA for turnovers forced (181/ 18.1 avg.). The team is also ranked 11th in free-throws attempted and 14th in free-throws made.
Stephen F. Austin and Prairie View A&M have met eight times in the past. SFA leads the series 7-1, with a four game winning streak. The series began in 1998-99 with a home match that SFA took 87-47. The last time the Ladyjacks and Panthers met was at home with an 83-73 SFA win.
Scouting the Panthers: PVAMU took a four-point win over Texas State last Friday night. The close game was led by a double-double from Senior forward Jeronia Allen, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Dominique Newman was right behind with 20 points, and Junior forward La’Sha Haynes pulled down nine rebounds and had three points. The Panthers went 21-50 (42.0%) in the field and an even 50% (15-30) at the stripe. PVAMU has split the season taking big losses to Rice, Texas Tech, and UT-Rio Grande Valley. However, they also took a 47-28 win against Southland Conference opponent Nicholls State.
After the winter break, the Ladyjacks will start the conference season with a double-header against Houston Baptist on New Year’s Eve. The Women’s game will tipoff at 1:30 p.m. CT followed by the Men at 4:00 p.m. CT. Both games will be live streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.