Ladyjack Game Notes: vs McNeese State
Feb. 3, 2012
McNeese State at Stephen F. Austin
FOR STARTERS: The Ladyjacks have now dropped three of their past five games and sit in third place in the Southland Conference West Division behind Texas State (5-2) and Sam Houston State (5-3). SFA returns home to play the defending SLC champion McNeese State Cowgirls (7-1), who are tied with Central Arkansas for the best record in the league.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite a season-high 30 points from Tammara Marion, a near triple-double from Porsha Roberts and a 46-24 advantage in points in the paint, the SFA Ladyjacks fell 95-87 in a shootout at Texas State Wednesday evening at Strahan Coliseum. SFA was outscored 51-42 in the second half and the Bobcats held a huge disparity at the free throw line, connecting on an astronomical 45-of-60 attempts compared to just 18 attempts for the Ladyjacks.
THE COWGIRLS: McNeese St. once again is one of the powerhouse SLC team’s, and will enter Saturday play with a 17-5 overall record and winners of four of their past five and eight of nine. Their lone loss was a 71-70 defeat in 2OT thriller at Central Arkansas.
vs MCNEESE STATE: The Ladyjacks have dominated the all-time career series with the Cowgirls by a 41-9 margin. SFA lost on the road in Lake Charles last season, 68-66 in overtime. Prior to that game SFA has won the previous four meetings.
COVERAGE: Saturday’s game vs McNeese State will be available via live stream and live stats on www.sfajacks.com.
UP NEXT: SFA will next hit the road on Wednesday, Feb. 8 when they travel to Nicholls at 6:30 p.m.
PORSHA’S BLOCK PARTY: Freshman center Porsha Roberts had perhaps her most complete game of her young Ladyjack career by posting a line of 14 points (tied for career-high), eight rebounds, eight blocks (career high) and two steals. The eight blocks tied a school-record that was held by Kendra Smith (Jan. 22, 2004) and Amy Collins (Feb. 20, 2003). It marked the third time this season Roberts had at least five or more blocks and she now has 39 for the season.
MARION SETS CAREER HIGH: Senior guard Tammara Marion is coming off her best game of the season when she scored 30 points in the Ladyjacks’ 95-87 loss at Texas State on Wednesday. Marion established a new career-high with 11 made field goals, including 5-of-10 shooting from three-point territory. Marion is now sixth in the conference in scoring at 15.4 ppg.
MELLS RESPONDING TO LINEUP CHANGE: Ever since Coach Schneider inserted both Ashlee Mells and Brittney Matthew into the starting lineup both players have seen their respective games take off, particularly Mells. The Grand Prairie native and Indiana University transfer is averaging 15 ppg in her last three starts on 56 percent shooting and 7.3 rebounds.
MARCH TO THE CHARITY STRIPE: On Wednesday the Ladyjacks scored a season-high 87 points but it was not enough because they themselves allowed a season-high 95 points to the Bobcats. Incredibly, 45 points of those points came from the free throw line where Texas State shot a school record 60 free throws and came up one shy of setting a new conference record.
MARION DIALING LONG DISTANCE: Marion, who became SFA’s all-time leader in made three-pointers earlier this year, is now first in the conference and 32nd in the country in three-point field goals per game (2.7) and 42nd in three-point percentage (38.0). Marion has connected on 54-of-139 three-point attempts this season.
RECORD WATCHES: With six made three-pointers, only one short of a personal best, against Southern Miss (11/26/11), senior guard Tammara Marion became the all-time leader in made three-pointers (184), passing former Ladyjack Dayna Reed’s previous record of 178. Marion also tied the all-time school record for three-pointers attempted on 1/14 at UTSA by launching her 555 trifecta, tying the previous mark held by Kirby Killingsworth.
PARTY IN THE CUSA: With their back-to-back wins over Rice (68-64) and SMU (66-60), and their win over Southern Miss earlier this season, the Ladyjacks have defeated three Conference USA squads in a season for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign when SFA knocked off Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech and Tulsa.
PRESEASON POLLS: With one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, the Ladyjacks earned four first-place votes in the coaches’ poll and three more in the SID poll and a second-place finish; however, each poll has UTSA in the top spot in the league’s West Division.
MARION PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHLAND: Tammara Marion was named to the all-Southland Conference preseason first team on Wednesday while the Ladyjacks were selected to finish second in the SLC West according to the preseason polls of league coaches and sports information directors. Marion, who was a second team all-conference selection last year, ranked third in the conference in 2010-11 in scoring (16.1).
800-WIN CLUB: The Ladyjacks (864 wins) became the sixth member of an exclusive club with their 73-40 victory over Sam Houston State in 2007-08. SFA became only the sixth women’s program in NCAA Division I history to record 800 wins. The Ladyjacks joined Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, Texas and James Madison as the only schools to ever accomplish the feat. Making the victory more special was the fact that it was Sue Gunter Day on the SFA campus. Tennessee Tech also joined the 800-win club in 2008-09.