Ladyjacks Take Down Warhawks 68-58 On Opening Night
Nov. 11, 2011
MONROE, La. - All offseason long SFA head coach Brandon Schneider spoke of the potential depth the Ladyjacks basketball team would present in 2011-12. Those words could not have been truer in the season-opener at ULM where the Ladyjacks had seven players score five or more points en route to a 68-58 win over the Warhawks Friday evening at the Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
"To start the year on the road obviously we won this with our defense and rebounding," Schneider said. "We have a lot of new players so our offensive rhythm wasn't good but it still goes in as a W. Our depth played a big factor. Our freshmen played a lot more than there's but they competed hard and acted like they belonged and that's important."
The Ladyjacks (1-0) bench dominated the Warhawks by outscoring them 38-5, including a team-high 10 points from sophomore Annette Davis.
SFA limited ULM to only 38 percent shooting, including 1-of-9 from three-point territory and forced 27 turnovers while collecting 15 steals.
ULM (0-1) opened the second half on a 10-0 run in just under four minutes of action to erase SFA's 10-point halftime lead and tie the game 39-39 leading to a Ladyjacks timeout.
The Ladyjacks would regroup and respond to the Warhawks run of their own by going on a 20-12 march of their own to once again go up double-digits at 61-51 with 6:30 left in the contest.
ULM jumped out on top to a 13-10 lead eight minutes into the first half as the Ladyjacks made five of their first 14 shots from the field but committed seven turnovers that led to seven points for the Warhawks.
The Ladyjacks would settle down though, and freshman guard Brittney Matthew made an immediate impact checking into the game and scoring five consecutive points for SFA to give the Ladyjacks a 15-13 lead, their first of the game.
SFA went on an 18-6 run to close the first half strong and take a 37-27 lead into halftime. In the first 20 minutes of action the Ladyjacks bench outscored the Warhawks 21-5, including seven from Matthew in only 10 minutes of action.
The Ladyjacks will be back in action next Wednesday, Nov. 16 when they host the Grambling St. in the home opener. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Johnson Coliseum.