SFA Prevails Past SLU In Double Overtime
Feb. 16, 2013
HAMMOND, La. - Porsha Roberts scored a career-high 32 points and the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks rallied from six points down in the first overtime to defeat Southeastern Louisiana 83-80 in double overtime at the University Center Saturday afternoon.
SFA (11-14, 6-8) snapped a two-game losing streak by scoring a season-high in points, including a 7-4 advantage in the all-important second overtime. The overtime game was the third this season for the Ladyjacks.
Roberts surpassed her previous career-high 31-point performance earlier this season against Cal State Bakersfield by making 11-of-12 of her attempts from the field on Saturday and 10-of-13 at the free throw line. Roberts also snagged eight rebounds and had two blocked shots while playing 43 of the possible 50 minutes. The 11 made field goals were also a career-high for the reigning SLC Freshman of the Year.
SFA also got a double-figure scoring performance from Tierany Henderson. The sophomore forward scored a career-high 19 points and made several clutch shots. The Ladyjacks won just their second game all season when trailing with five minutes left in regulation and improved to 7-0 when scoring 70 or more points.
SLU (10-14, 3-10) was led in scoring by Brandi Simmons (22 points), Elizabeth Styles (15 points) and Jameika Hoskins (13 points).
In regulation Roberts scored nine consecutive points for SFA over the final five minutes to help force overtime with the score 67-67. In the first five minutes of extra time the Lady Lions built a 76-70 advantage with just 1:25 remaining.
However, Henderson made a huge three-pointer from the corner to cut the deficit to 76-73 with 1:11 left. Styles then missed a jumper for SLU with 43 seconds left that SFA's Daylyn Harris grabbed down for a rebound. Henderson would proceed to miss a potential game-tying three-pointer but Ashlee Mells got the offensive rebound with 28 seconds left and then took advantage by draining a game-tying trifecta herself with just 17 seconds left. The Ladyjacks defense then prevented SLU from even getting off a last-second shot.
In the second overtime SFA scored the first five points before SLU cut the lead to 82-80 with 11 seconds left on a three-point opportunity from Simmons. However, Simmons missed the free throw and got her own rebound only for the Lady Lions to then miss two consecutive layups that would have tied the game.
SLU was forced to foul Mells with two seconds left and the senior split the free throws, but off a miss the Lady Lions three-point heave from past half court was well short as time expired.
In the first half the Lady Lions built a 28-21 lead at the 2:12 mark but SFA closed strong by going on a 9-2 run to tie the game 30-30 entering halftime. Henderson gave the Ladyjacks a big boost on both ends of the floor in the first half leading SFA with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including SFA's first made three-pointer of the first half as time expired to tie the game. The sophomore forward also had a team-best three rebounds and three blocks in the opening 20 minutes.
As a team the Ladyjacks shot 42 percent from the field (11-of-26) and a perfect 7-of-7 at the charity stripe. Both teams struggled with turnovers, committing 11 apiece.
SLU was led in scoring in the first half by Hoskins, who coming into Saturday was averaging just eight points a game but exceeded that mark with a team-high 10 points in the first half. The Lady Lions shot 43 percent from the field and outrebounded SFA 20-14, 11 of which were on the offensive glass.
The Ladyjacks will next play their final road game of the season when they travel to Huntsville for a Piney Woods showdown against rival Sam Houston State on Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m.