NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release)– The 2017 regular season winds down to one night as arch-rival Sam Houston will be banging at the WRJ Coliseum door on Saturday. The rivalry between these two teams has been drawn over the last 45 years of competition, the second longest in program history. SFA leads the all-time series record with Sam Houston, 64-12 and is 27-5 at home against the Bearkats. Starting in 2014, SFA was on a three game win streak before the Bearkats upset the Ladyjacks in the Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, Texas, 78-70. However, the Ladyjacks got their revenge earlier this season beating Sam Houston at their home, 83-65.
In conference standings, SFA is currently tied in third with Lamar in conference play and could potentially acquire the second seed to the tournament due to Abilene Christian's ineligibility to the tournament. The Ladyjacks still hold the top mark for scoring offense, averaging 75.7 points per game and is second for their won-lost percentage behind Central Arkansas. For free-throws, SFA continues to rank nationally for their success at the charity stripe, claiming 11th in the nation for free-throws made and 15th for free-throw attempted.
Last Time Out: Thursday night marked the beginning of Rivalry Week for SFA. Tension were high as the Northwestern State Lady Demons came into town for the second match up between these two teams this season. The Ladyjacks might have lost in over time in Natchitoches, but this game was all SFA from the tip-off. SFA had four players in double-digits, led by sophomore Chanell Hayes, who totalled 16 poings, tying her career-high. Twevle of Hayes' 16 points came from beyond the arc, also tying her career-high. Senior Taylor Ross also posted 16 points, eight assists, and five rebounds. Freshman Riley Harvey had 15 points, six rebounds, and two assists. She went 6-for-8 from the field and 3-for-4 at the free-throw line. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker rounded out the players in double figures collecting ten points and had the team-high nine rebounds. As a team, the Ladyjacks outrebounded the Lady Demons, 33-26. They shot 55.4 percent (31-56) from the field and went 8-for-13 (61.5 percent) from the charity stripe. The Ladyjacks were active in the paint putting up 40-points from inside and had 34 points from the bench.
Scouting Sam Houston: The Bearkats are coming off a loss to McNeese on Thursday night, 61-58. Sam Houston had cut the deficit to two with five seconds to go, but the Cowgirls ended up getting the final say at the free-throw line to seal the win. Sophomore Lydia Baxter set a career-high in points with 18 on 7-for-16 shooting. Freshman Jenniffer Oramas matched a season high with 20 points, and senior Jasmine McCants totaled nine points and six rebounds. The game Saturday against SFA will be the final game for the Beakats, as they did not reach play-off berth for the Southland Conference tournament.