NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release)- Stephen F. Austin, the number one scoring offense in the SLC, takes on Central Arkansas, the number one scoring defense in the league, in a mid-week match up. The Ladyjacks carry the league scoring 75.7 points a game and still remain undefeated in conference play. They also are ranked second in the Southland for their scoring margin (+14.9), field goal percentage (44.4%), and assists (15.1). On the other side of the court, the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears lead the SLC in blocked shots (4.1), scoring defense (52.3), and are second in rebounding defense (32.3). These two dominate teams have matched up 16 times in the past, and the Ladyjacks lead the all-time series 10-6. The series started back in 2006-07 with the Ladyjacks owning a three-game win streak against the Sugar Bears, before UCA won the second game of the 2008-09 season. Since then, the teams have traded victories back and forth. The last time SFA and UCA met was in the Coliseum on January 7, 2016, and the Sugar Bears pulled out a win by a buzzer beater shot, 55-53. After that game, UCA went on to claim the 2016 Southland Conference Tournament Champion Title, but that is all a tale of numbers, the real testament will begin at the tip-off on Wednesday night.
Last time out: The Ladyjacks played the University of Incarnate Word at the McDermott Center last Saturday evening. SFA had a terrific offensive attack led by three players earning double-doubles, and senior Brentney Branch eclipsed her career high points in a game. The Ladyjacks, as a team, hit a season-high mark posting 53 points with the first half. The last record was 50 points during the Prairie View A&M game. Branch posted 29 points against UIW, with 12 of those points from beyond the arc. Senior Taylor Ross had her third season double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker took her season fifth double-double honor with 10 points and a career high 14 rebounds. Freshman Riley Harvey had her first collegiate double-double that night, pulling down 11 rebounds and posting 13 points.
Scouting Central Arkansas: The Sugar Bears are coming off a hard fought win against New Orleans last week, 55-51. This was their fourth straight win, tying them third in the conference. They held UNO to 19 points below its average scoring margin and to just 35.2 percent shooting from the field and 14.3 percent from beyond the arc. UCA junior center Kierra Jordan had her first double-double as a Sugar Bear, leading with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Guard Brianna Mullins had a season-high 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds. UCA is 5-2 in conference with their losses stacked against Lamar and Abilene Christian.
After the mid-week match up, SFA will turn around and host the 4-3 New Orleans Privateers at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Privateers recently lost to UCA last week and will play at McNeese first before coming to east Texas on Saturday, Jan. 28. Game time is 3:30 p.m. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.