SFA Uses Collective Effort To Down Tulsa, 73-69
Dec. 30, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks returned home following a six-game road trip and snapped a four-game losing streak with an impressive 73-69 victory over C-USA foe Tulsa Sunday afternoon at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA (5-6) had four players score in double-figures for a second straight game, which included a career-high 17 point-performance from sophomore forward Daylyn Harris. She was joined in double-digits by Porsha Roberts (15 points), Antionette Carter (11 points) and K.K. Jerrell (10 points).
The Ladyjacks tied a season-high shooting 42.9 percent from the field while also making the most of their opportunity at the free throw line, where they shot 20-of-29 (69 percent). SFA limited Tulsa to just 36 percent shooting from the floor and 17 percent from beyond the arc (2-of-12).
Tulsa (4-8) was led in scoring by guard Taleya Mayberry, who scored a game-high 33 points on 13-of-29 shooting. Mayberry kept the Golden Hurricane in the contest by scoring 22 of her 33 points in the second half on 9-of-18 shooting.
SFA led nearly throughout the entire contest with their only deficit coming in the first minute of the game. Late in the second half Tulsa had cut the SFA down to 67-65 with 2:15 remaining following a Mayberry jumper. The Ladyjacks outscored Tulsa 6-4 over the next two minutes thanks to a key jumper from Jerrell with one minute remaining to push the SFA lead to 70-65. Then with 17 seconds left, Carter put the game away by sinking two clutch free throws to extend the Ladyjacks lead to 72-67 to lock up the win.
The Ladyjacks played perhaps one of their most efficient first half's of the season, shooting 50 percent from the floor (12-of-24) and recording eight assists en route to a 37-26 halftime lead. SFA also connected on 5-of-7 attempts from three-point territory (71 percent). Roberts led the Ladyjacks with 10 first half points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and also pulled down a team-best five rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
SFA closed the first half on an 8-2 run to extend their lead from 29-24 to 37-26 over the final three minutes.
The Ladyjacks will next host Lamar on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Southland Conference opener.