Ladyjacks Close Regular Season Tonight Against Sam Houston State
March 3, 2006
After a thrilling 65-62 overtime victory at Louisiana-Monroe Wednesday night, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball team returns to Nacogdoches to host Sam Houston State in the 2005-06 regular-season finale. SFA (19-7/13-2), winners of four straight and nine of its last 10 games, will wrap up at least a share of the Southland Conference title with a victory over the Bearkats. Sam Houston State enters the game fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot with a 9-17 (.346) overall record and a 4-11 (.267) conference mark. The Bearkats enter the game having lost its last two games and five of its last six. The is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. from the William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The Coaches: Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack head coach Lee Ann Riley is 79-61 (.564) in her fifth season with SFA. She is 210-119 (.638) in her 11th season as a head coach. Sam Houston State head coach James Hatchell is 14-42 (.250) in his fourth season with the Bearkats.
SFA vs. the Bearkats: The Ladyjacks are 54-5 (.915) all-time against Sam Houston State. The two teams have split the last four decisions but SFA has won 10 of the last 12 meetings. The two schools split the season series last year with each team winning on its home court. Despite the fact that Friday's game is the final game of the regular season, it will be the first meeting between the two teams this year.
Saying Good-Bye to the Class of 2006: Four seniors will be playing their final regular-season home game in the William R. Johnson Coliseum Friday. The Ladyjacks will be saying good-bye to Kirby Killingsworth, LaToya Mills, Kendria Smith and Britany Vinson. All four players have left their mark on the SFA Ladyjack history books. Killingsworth and Vinson will finish their career among the school's all-time top five in three-point field goals. Mills became only the 22nd Ladyjack to score 1,000 points and is also among the school's top 10 in rebounds. Smith is finishing off her career among the SFA all-time top five in blocks.
Double-Double: Senior LaToya Mills scored 29 points and pulled down 14 rebounds Wednesday against Louisiana-Monroe to record her 29th career double-double. She also tied a career-high with her 10th double-double this season, a mark that she originally set during her sophomore season.