The Ladyjack basketball team took the court to begin the Southland Conference season with a 62-51 win against Southeastern Louisiana University on Wednesday night in Hammond, Louisiana.
SFA entered conference play with the best non-conference record in the SLC, 5-1 and beat Yale 67-57 in pre-season. The Ladyjacks earned a 46.5 field goal percentage and a 3-point percentage of 35 against the Lions and the biggest lead was 21 points in the fourth quarter with 6:56 left in the game before SLU was able to cut down the lead. Ladyjacks Alyssa Mayfield and Stephanie Visscher were the main contributors to the win by leading the team in points and rebounds.
Mayfield ended the night with a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds with Visscher finishing with 14 points — 10 of those points acquired in the first quarter — and six rebounds. Other key players were Chanell Hayes, who had come back from sitting out the team’s previous game against Cameron University due to an undisclosed injury, with 10 points and Imani Johnson with eight rebounds.
Even though the injury caused her game to slow down slightly (her average points per game is 14.7,) Hayes was still able to play 34 minutes and contribute to two steals and an assist.
The game started off slow for both teams as SFA lead 4-2 with five minutes left in the first half, both teams were able to improve their scoring throughout the game. The Ladyjacks went on a 16-4 run to end the quarter and improve their field goal percentage by 30. SLU caught up to the Ladyjacks in the second quarter outscoring them 14-8 and cutting down SFA’s 14-point lead to eight points. Another long 19-9 run helped SFA extend their lead to 18 in the third quarter.
The Lady Lions were able to stay in the game by outplaying SFA defensively. SLU had 32 rebounds, 12 of those being offensive rebounds, nine steals and two blocks. Although none of the Lady Lions earned a double-double, two players came close— Celica Sterling having 22 points and 7 rebounds and Caitlyn Williams with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
The Ladyjacks play Nicholls State University at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.