Youthful Ladyjacks Pull Off Stunner
SFA records 65-55 victory over Louisiana Tech in home opener
NACOGDOCHES The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks opened their 2006-07 home schedule Friday night in impressive fashion upsetting Louisiana Tech, 66-55.
The win bumps SFA to 2-1 (.667) on the young season, while Louisiana Tech falls to 0-2. It marks the Ladyjacks¹ first victory against Louisiana Tech since the 1990-91 season when SFA recorded a 77-74 overtime victory.
The Ladyjacks seemed to do everything right to neutralize any threat by the Lady Techsters. The visitors shot 41 percent from the floor in the first half, but SFA hung right with Louisiana Tech hitting 13-of-32 (40.6 percent) to go into the locker room up by six points, 37-31. SFA out-rebounded the Lady Techsters, 48-37. The Ladyjacks also took advantage of their free throw attempts, knocking down 18-of-21 (86 percent) attempts, while Louisiana Tech struggled from the charity stripe going 7-of-16 (44 percent).
Even when things didn¹t seem to be going the way of the purple and white, SFA still managed to hold the momentum. The Ladyjacks shot only 31 percent from the floor in the second half, including a 1-of-4 performance from beyond the arc. SFA¹s defense picked up the pace limiting Louisiana Tech to a 9-of-28 (32 percent) showing in the second half, and didn¹t allow the Lady Techsters a bucket from beyond the arc.
The Ladyjacks at one point went almost seven minutes without scoring a point, but was able to hold the advantage by frustrating the Lady Techster offense. Louisiana Tech was held scoreless for almost five minutes unable to take advantage of the opportunity.
Louisiana Tech battled back to tie the game at 42 with 10:41 remaining in the game, but junior Nikki Carr took over the game for SFA. With SFA leading by only a point, Carr sparked a 12-1 run to take an 11-point lead, 59-48, with only 5:46 remaining. Carr finished the game with 22 points, 11 rebounds and a game-high six assists.
The Ladyjacks built its lead to as many 13 points in the second half, before recording the 10-point victory. Senior Charity Egenti joined Carr with a double-double. Egenti finished the night with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Freshman Whitney Cormier also had a huge night for SFA recording a career-high 13 points.
Louisiana Tech was led by Sierra Nixon who finished the game with 15 points and five rebounds. Eboni Mangum came off the bench to add nine points for the Lady Techsters.
SFA returns to action Monday when it will hosts in-state rival SMU. The game against the Mustangs is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from the William R.