NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release) - Stephen F. Austin tacked on another win to their 12 game win streak after defeating Abilene Christian on the road Thursday night. The Ladyjacks are moving up the ladder as they were bumped up from 18 points to 56 points on the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 lists this week. SFA continues to stay on course with the 1999-2000 program record, where the Ladyjacks went on a 19 game home streak that led them to the second round of the NCAA tournament and the Southland Conference Championship Title. Currently, the NCAA lists have held steady with SFA holding the 14th spot for their 13-2 Win-Loss Record (86.7%). In conference standings, the Ladyjacks still lead the league with 385 free-throw attempts and 265 makes (68.8%). They are second or third raked in conference for thirteen different statistical categories, ranging from assists, field-goal percentages, scoring offensive and defense, steals and turnovers forced.
Nicholls rolls into town tomorrow to face the Ladyjacks for a mid-afternoon game. The two teams have met 50 times throughout their program history, starting back in 1984 with a SFA 66-63 loss at Nicholls. However, SFA now leads that series 44-6, and is 22-2 at home against the Colonels. The last match up between these two teams was last season when SFA began a two game win-streak against the Colonels.
Last time out: After a whirlwind of a game on Thursday night, the Ladyjacks have successfully handed Abilene Christian their first conference loss of the season. The 70-61 rout was accomplished by four Ladyjacks in the double digits and was topped off by senior Adrienne Lewis's double-double (17 points and 12 rebounds). Senior Brentney Branch garnered the most points, 19 with 12 of those points from threes. Senior Taylor Ross had another terrific stat line putting up 18 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, and six steals. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker, despite foul trouble, had 10 points and five rebounds.
Scouting Nicholls: Nicholls is coming to Nacogdoches after a tough loss to Northwestern State, 75-58. They had three players in the double-digits, led by sophomore guard Cassidy Barrios, who had 18 points and five steals. Senior guard Taylor Morrison had 16 points and freshman guard Tykeria Williams had 13. The Colonels have a pretty successful defense that has them ranked third in the nation for steals per game (204/13.6). They are also ranked third in their Turnover Margin (+9.73).
After the weekend, the Ladyjacks will be on the raod again for a game against Incarnate Word on Saturday, Jan. 21st. The game will have an early tipoff at 1:00 p.m. CT.