SFA Drops First Game Of Season In 61-46 Loss At Arkansas
Dec. 6, 2011
Tammara Marion, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks were unable to overcome poor shooting and balanced scoring from the Arkansas Razorbacks, falling 61-46 Tuesday evening at Bud Walton Arena.
SFA (7-1) saw their streak of seven consecutive wins to start the season come to an end, matching the third-best start in school history.
"Ultimately the pressure of Arkansas' defense wore us down tonight and forced us into some turnovers," SFA head coach Brandon Schneider said. "And then offensively, Tam was the only player we had to really catch any sort of rhythm."
Arkansas outscored SFA 28-18 in the second half after taking a 30-20 lead into halftime. The Ladyjacks shot just 28 percent on the night and committed 20 turnovers.
The Razorbacks (7-1) were led in scoring by C'eira Ricketts (14 points) and Ashley Daniels (11 points).
Marion came out on fire for SFA, scoring the team's first nine points by hitting 3-of-3 from three-point territory and giving the Ladyjacks an early 13-4 lead. However, the Razorbacks responded with a 13-3 run of their own and took a 17-16 lead following a layup from Dominique Robinson with 7:41 left I the first half.
Arkansas kept building on their run going into halftime and took their biggest lead of the first half at the 4:27 mark on a second-chance three-pointer from Lyndsay Harris to put the Razorbacks up 24-18, forcing SFA to call a timeout.
The Razorbacks would hold a 30-20 halftime lead led by 12 points from Ricketts. After 20 minutes of play SFA was shooting just 27 percent from the floor but were still within striking distance thanks to a 12-6 bench points advantage.
SFA will be back in action this Saturday when they travel to Edinburg, Texas to take on UT-Pan American at 4:30 p.m.