NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release)– Stephen F. Austin begins their last road series of the season with a trip out to Hammond, La. for a game on Saturday. After the loss to Abilene Christian earlier in the week, SFA has fallen to fourth in the conference standings with Lamar passing them at 11-3, Abilene Christian, now 11-2, and Central Arkansas owns the top with a 12-2 record. The Ladyjacks are still the top scoring offense in the Southland after this week’s conference play. They are averaging 75.9 points per game, and lead the conference in free-throw makes and attempts (381/540).
Now, SFA concentrates on their next opponent, Southeastern Louisiana. The Ladyjacks and Lions have met 39 times in the past 41 years. SFA was on a 13 game win streak against Southeastern before the Lions upset SFA last season in Hammond, 65-56. SFA is 14-4 on the road against Southeastern Louisiana and aim to put another game in the win column.
Last time out: SFA faced off against Abilene Christian on Thursday night. The stakes were high in the match-up between the two schools that were tied for second place in conference play. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker had a tremendous night totaled a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds. The Bixby, Okla. native also completed her seventh double-double this season and career tenth. She was on fire from beyond the arc going 4-7, also a career-high. She went 9-15 from the field and 9-10 at the free-throw line. Senior Taylor Ross was the only other Ladyjack in double figures with 20 points, her 12th straight game completing 20 points in a game. She was perfect at the free-throw line putting in all four. Abilene Christian outrebounded the Ladyjacks by one, 34-33, but the tale of the game was the 12 triples the Wildcats put in. The biggest lead either team had of the night was ten by SFA in the first quarter, and ACU’s biggest lead was only nine at the beginning of the fourth. The leading edge a majority of the time was by one or two points, with the game being tied up 10 difference times and having 17 lead changes.
Scouting Southeastern Louisiana: Southeastern suffered a loss to Northwestern, 89-71 this past Thursday night. The Lions were able to keep pace with Northwestern thanks to nine three-point field goals and scoring 29 points off 21 Lady Demon turnovers. Junior guard Taylin Underwood led Southeastern with 23 points, with five of those buckets from beyond the arc. Junior guard Bre Warren also finished with double-figures, claiming 11 points. Southeastern’s wins in conference are against Houston Baptist, Northwestern State, and New Orleans.
Next up: The Ladyjacks will continue on their road series next week with games in New Orleans, La. and then Conway, Ark. SFA will play the New Orleans Privateers on Thursday, Feb. 23. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m., and then the Ladyjacks take on Central Arkansas Saturday.