Branch eclipses 1000 points in 82-77 win over Nicholls

Branch eclipses 1000 points in 82-77 win over Nicholls

SFA Athletics

THIBODAUX, La. (Press Release) – Senior Brentney Branch was the star of the night in the Wednesday night match against Nicholls. The Houston, Texas native joined the ranks of the 1,000 point club after she completed 26 points, six from beyond the arc, against the Colonels. She now totals 1,007 points on her career at SFA.

Sophomore Kia Fisker had a terrific night as well as totaling 13 points, a career-high, and three rebounds. Senior Taylor Ross had her tenth 20 point game, posting 25 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker led the Ladyjacks on the boards with nine rebounds and eight points. The Ladyjacks out rebounded the Colonels 39-26 and force 17 turnovers. The first three quarters were a nail-biter as Nicholls lead the game for almost 20 minutes before SFA could compose themselves and pull off with a win. The game was tied a total of six times and the lead changed six times, but SFA dug in their heels and came away with a 82-77.

SFA started the game with a 5-0 run thanks to senior Adrienne Lewis and an And-One situation from Ross, before Nicholls forced a foul call and went 1-1 at the line. Nicholls came back with back-to-back scoring drives that started a 10 point unanswered run, until Parker got a shot off the block at the 5:36 mark. The Colonels extend their lead putting in three triples to elevate the score 19-7 at the 3:59 mark. SFA closed the first quarter with an eight point run, highlighted by a breakaway lay-up from junior Taylor Jackson, to close the gap to a four point game at the end of the first.

Defense controlled the first three minutes of the second quarter. Fisker put in the first points of the quarter from the free-throw line, and then Branch tied the game at 19 points with a spin move off the block at the 6:59 mark. SFA held Nicholls scoreless for 3:48 minutes in the second quarter, but they connected a jumper from the wing. Ross and Fisker helped SFA claim the lead 24-21 at the 4:13 mark. Nicholls tied the score two more times before connecting a jumper with one minute to go in the half and took the lead from the Ladyjacks, 31-28, going in to the locker room.

After the intermission, both teams split a 5-5 run before Nicholls pulled ahead again by five at the 5:02 mark. Branch totaled 13 points in the third quarter with three of those from beyond the arch. The Ladyjacks found themselves with a five point lead at the end of the third.

The momentum swung the Ladyjacks' way as Branch hit back-to-back triples, and Ross added four points for SFA to take the ten point lead, 67-57 at the 5:55 mark.  Ross got a clear drive to the paint at the 3:00 mark to cap an 11-5 run that put the Ladyjacks up 78-62. Nicholls hit two threes and went 2-0 at the free-throw line to cut the SFA lead to six with 2:10 to go. A hard fought two minutes found Ross and Parker at the free-throw line to push the SFA lead to five, 82-77, at the final buzzer.

SFA will be at home this weekend for their Play4Kay Pink Out game on Saturday, Feb 11. The game will feature a 3:30 p.m. tip-off against Lamar, and the Ladyjacks will be honoring cancer survivors and those effected by cancer. Remember to wear you pink.