The SFA Ladyjack basketball team was defeated Saturday 81-69 by the undefeated SMU Mustangs in front of a crowd of 712 people at William R. Coliseum. The undefeated Mustangs are receiving votes in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll as one of the top teams in the country.
This is the 17th time the Ladyjacks and Mustangs have played and SFA leads the all-time series 10-6. This is the fourth season in a row the two teams have played with SMU winning now three of those four games.
The Ladyjacks got off to a hot shooting start from beyond the three-point line knocking down 4-of-5 that gave them a early lead. Six minutes in to the game the Ladyjacks were up by eight points. The eight-point lead with 14:07 in the first half would be the largest lead the Ladyjacks would have all night.
The Mustangs were able to get things going and take the lead at halftime behind an 18-7 run to close out the first half. The Mustangs lead 41-35 going into halftime, a lead they would never give back during the second half.
SFA shot 13-of-31 from the field, to the tune of 41% in the first half. After struggling early on in the season from behind the arc the Ladyjacks picked it up to begin the game shooting 5-of-13, 38% from 3-point land. The Ladyjacks also went to the free-throw line seven times and hit four of the free throws.
SMU was scorching from the field in the first half knocking down 14-of-29 shots to a clip of 48%. One of the bright spots for the Ladyjacks is the way they played perimeter defense, holding the Mustangs to only 2-of-7 shooting from behind the arc in the first half. The Mustangs went to the free-throw line 14 times and hit 11 for 78% in the first half.
The second half saw the Ladyjacks shoot 14-of-36 from the field, 38%. The Ladyjacks were able to stay in the game in the first half with their ability to knock down shots from the perimeter. That changed in the second half as SFA shoot only 2-of-8 from the three-point line. While the Ladyjacks did shot 80% from the free-throw line in the second half, they were only able to get to the line five times the entire half.
The Mustangs cooled off slightly in the second half, but still shot over 40% from the field taking the same amount of shoots in the second half as they did in the first, 12-of-29. Once again in the second half the Ladyjacks defended the three well as SMU only hit 2-of-9 from behind the arc. The big difference in the second half was the ability of the Mustangs too not only get to the free-throw line, but to knock down 14-of-15 from the stripe.
Tierany Henderson and Antionette Carter each lead the Ladyjacks with 14 points. Henderson shot 5-of-12 from the field and 4-of-11 from the three-point line. Carter shot 6-of-13 from the field and hit 1-of-3 from behind the arc while also grabbing 5 rebounds. Porsha Roberts and Daylyn Harris also scored in double figures, Roberts was perfect from the field hitting all five of her shots and grabbing 2 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. Harris was 4-of-9 from the field and hit 2-of-4 from behind the arc with 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Mustangs were lead by Keena Mays, who had a game high 26 points. Mays hit 8-of-17 from the field and knocked down 3-of-7 from the free throw line. Mays filled the stat sheet to go along with the 26 points she had nine rebounds and 8 assists.
Next time out the Ladyjacks will take on Prairie View A&M and Kent State at the David Jones Memorial Classic in Houston. SFA will play Prairie View at noon on Saturday followed by a matchup with Kent State that Sunday at 1 p.m.
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