Ladyjacks Beat NSU In Overtime
Jan. 26, 2013
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Sophomore forward Daylyn Harris scored a career-high 21 points and Stephen F. Austin outscored Northwestern State 9-2 in overtime to help the Ladyjacks win their third consecutive game in a 57-50 victory over the Lady Demons Saturday at Prather Coliseum.
SFA (9-10, 4-4) was able to rally from a 35-27 deficit with 11 minutes left in the game to win their first overtime game played since last season's 68-64 victory over Rice in Nacogdoches.
Harris, a native of Livingston, Texas, who scored 16 of her 21 points in the second half and overtime, shot 6-of-10 from the field and was clutch throughout the game from beyond the arc where she made 4-of-5 attempts. Harris also made 5-of-7 from the free throw line and had two blocks and a steal. SFA also got a big effort from sophomore center Porsha Roberts, who scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
In overtime the Ladyjacks played tremendous defense, holding NSU to just two points, both made free throws, and 0-of-10 shooting from the field. On the flipside SFA made 2-of-5 shots from the field and went 5-of-9 from the free throw line.
For the game SFA limited NSU (7-11, 3-5) to just 34 percent shooting from the floor and forced 18 turnovers that led to 14 Ladyjacks points. Jasmine Upchurch and Keisha Lee led the Lady Demons with 12 points apiece.
The Ladyjacks were trailing NSU 43-38 with under four minutes left in the game when SFA began their comeback march on a three-pointer from Harris off an assist from Brittney Matthew to cut the deficit to 43-41. A minute later SFA tied the game 43-43 on a layup from junior forward Annette Davis but the Lady Demons were able to regain a 45-43 advantage with 2:05 left in the game on a jumper from Janelle Perez.
SFA responded right back by going into the post to Roberts, who scored on a layup over Upchurch to tie the game yet again, 45-45 with just 1:44 left. Then following a Roberts steal, Harris drained her fourth three-pointer of the game with 1:18 remaining to help catapult SFA to a 48-45 advantage. However, just 20 seconds later NSU's Lee made one of her two three-point attempts on the day to tie the game at 48-48.
The Ladyjacks had a golden opportunity to go back in front but a Roberts layup rolled out, leaving NSU one last chance to win the game. Jasmine Bradley was then forced into a 28-footer at the end of the shot clock that hit rim and NSU's Arianne Ausmer was able to run down the offensive rebound and was fouled by Roberts with four seconds remaining, sending Ausmer (an 81% free throw shooter) to the line.
However, Ausmer missed both free throws and SFA was able to call timeout and draw one last play, but a Davis three-point attempt fell short to send the game to overtime.
Both teams struggled on the offensive end in the first half, combining for 24 turnovers and 38 total points. Roberts and Harris each scored five points to lead the Ladyjacks in scoring. SFA managed to enter halftime tied 19-19 despite shooting just 27 percent from the field (8-of-30), including 1-of-7 from three-point territory.
Lee led the Lady Demons with five points, followed by four points apiece from Perez, Upchurch and Westerfield. NSU shot 47 percent (8-of-17) from the floor in the first 20 minutes but committed 15 turnovers that led to eight Ladyjacks points.
SFA will be back on the road Jan. 30 when they travel to McNeese State, followed by another road contest at Lamar on Feb. 2.