Making the Southland Conference Tournament has become habit for the SFA Ladyjack basketball team, so it’s no surprise they're back in it again.
“It’s your last game so you better go hard or you'll be going home,” said senior Taylor Ross.
The Ladyjacks are Katy bound for the do-or-die season. On the line is an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. It’s a milestone the program hasn't reached in 11 years.
“In our league you're playing for these three days to advance and hopefully you're the only one standing on Sunday,” said head coach Mark Kellogg. “This program has rich tradition and I know that's the standard and the expectation.”
“All those other three years I’ve been here, we've worked really hard. We're in the tournament to go to the NCAA’s and that would be really big. It will show all our hard work did pay off in the end,” said Ross.
“I feel like we've faced adversity this year in and out a few times and I feel like we've made our way past that. We’ve shown we can work together and fight through anything that comes at us,” said junior Stevi Parker.
The Ladyjacks are more than comfortable going in as the No.3 seed.
“I think it could give us momentum if we get two wins going into the championship game,” said Parker.
They've beaten every team in their conference this year except for the No. 1 seed Central Arkansas.
“I think that just gives us confidence knowing we can play and beat anybody in this conference, but you better play well on the right night,” said Kellogg.
All the Ladyjacks have to do is win three games in a row to make the postseason. If history tells us anything, it's that SFA is very capable of doing just that after going on a 14-game win streak this season.
“That’s what we've said too. If we can win 14 in a row, we're pretty confident we can get three wins in a row together,” said Kellogg.
“We just need to be ourselves and not try to do anything spectacular just because we're in the tournament,” said Parker. “If we play as ourselves and do what we're supposed to do, we should be just fine.”
SFA’s first game will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. They’ll play the winner of the Nicholls and McNeese game.
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