ORU Spoils Ladyjacks Hot Shooting
Feb. 9, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Despite four players scoring in double-figures and tying a season-high in field goal percentage and three-point makes, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks were unable to slow down the dynamic duo of Kevi Luper (30 points) and Jaci Bigham (26 points) in a 68-64 loss to the Golden Eagles Saturday afternoon at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA (10-13, 5-7) tied season-highs by shooting 50 percent (24-of-48) from the field and making nine three-point attempts in the loss. Sophomore forward Daylyn Harris led the Ladyjacks with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting followed by 10 points apiece from junior forward Annette Davis, sophomore forward Tierany Henderson and sophomore center Porsha Roberts. Junior forward Antionette Carter and sophomore guard Brittney Matthew also just missed out scoring in double figures with nine points apiece. It was just the second time all season that SFA lost when four or more players scoring in double-digits.
On the flipside, ORU (11-11, 8-4) shot the ball at a 46 percent clip from the floor and also made nine three-pointers. Luper scored at least 30 points for the third time this season and the first since she scored 40 points at Missouri State on Nov. 29. Her 14 field goals also tied a season-high. Bigham's 26 points were a season-high as were her six made three-point attempts. The combination of Bigham and Luper were responsible for 56 of ORU's 68 points.
After the two teams played to a 40-40 first half, the Ladyjacks led only once over the final 20 minutes when Matthew drained a three-pointer from the top of the key at the 2:59 mark to give SFA a 62-61 advantage. From that point on ORU outscored SFA 7-2 thanks to two costly Ladyjack turnovers that resulted in points for the Golden Eagles.
SFA had shot a season-high 61 percent from the floor in the first half while making 7-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc.
The Ladyjacks will now hit the road for three consecutive games beginning with a trip to Thibodaux, La. on Thursday, Feb. 14 against Nicholls State. That contest will be streamed on ESPN 3 at 5:30 p.m. SFA's next home game will not come until March 2 against Northwestern State.