NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release) – Stephen F. Austin suffered their first loss at home for the 2016-17 in a high-intensity game on Wednesday night against Central Arkansas. The tale of the night was the rebounding game, where the Ladyjacks were outrebounded by the Sugar Bears, 32-17, which turned into 18 points for UCA in second chances. Despite the rebound column, SFA had three Ladyjacks in double digits, among them was Senior Taylor Ross claiming her fifth 20-point game of the season.
The Ladyjacks 14 game win streak has unfortunately come to a halt, however SFA is still ranked high on the NCAA lists this week. The Ladyjacks are now 21st in the nation for their 83.8 won-lost percentage. They have risen since Wednesday’s game to 18th and 11th place ranking for free-throws made and attempted, respectfully, and they still hold on tight to their seventh place spot for turnovers forced. The main highlight for the Ladyjacks on the nation-wide scale is senior Taylor Ross, who has made a total of 117 free-throws this season putting her third in the nation under Kelsey Plum from Washington and Larissa Lurken from Kent State.
In Southland Conference standings, SFA is tied at the top of the league with Abilene Christian (6-1) and hold first place standings in free-throws made, scoring offense, and won-lost percentage. They are second in the league for turnovers forced (22.50), field-goal percentage (44.6), and three-point goal defense (30.5).
Looking forward, the Ladyjacks will host New Orleans on Saturday for their seventh program match-up in their series history. SFA and UNO split their All-Time Series record 3-3, with SFA being undefeated against the Privateers at home, 2-0. The series started back in 1983-84 with SFA playing in New Orleans for the first time. The result was a close 69-66 New Orleans win. It then took 24 years for the two teams to meet again, in 2007. This game was also held in New Orleans with the Privateers claiming another win. SFA changed the course in 2008 and went on a three game win streak that was broke last year with a 58-57 buzzer beater from UNO.
Last Time Out: It was the No. 1 scoring offense, SFA, versus the No. 1 scoring defense, UCA, on Wednesday night, and SFA’s 6-0 rally run in the fourth came up short with a 67-63 loss to the Sugar Bears. Seven was the lucky number that night as the lead changed seven times and the score was tied seven times throughout the 40 minutes. Senior Taylor Ross had 21 points, going 5-9 in the field and a nearly perfect 11-12 at the line. Senior Brentney Branch totaled 13 points and three assists on the night. Redshirt Stevi Parker rounded out the Ladyjacks in double-digits posting 12 points and 6 rebounds. SFA shot 50 percent from the field for the third game in a row and 88.9 percent at the free-throw line.
Scouting New Orleans: The Privateers tacked on their tenth win of the season on Thursday night after a 71-59 win against McNeese. Highlights from the game were from junior Randi Brown, who leads the SLC in average points scored. She had 29 points that night, with five of those buckets from beyond the arc, and six assists. Sophomore center Shania Woods grabbed a double-double with 12 boards and 11 points. The pair combined for 20 points in the third quarter against the Cowgirls to extend the UNO four-point lead at the half to a 55-43 stance at the end of the third.
After the weekend, SFA will have a big rival week on the road. The Ladyjacks first travel to Huntsville, Texas on Thursday for a 5:15 p.m. game tip. Then, SFA will travel to the other side of the tracks and clash with the Northwestern State Demons in Natchitoches, La. on Saturday. That game is set to tip-off at 1:00 p.m.