The SFA Ladyjacks defeated the Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Islanders 72-49 Wednesday night at William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA snaps the Islanders seven-game win streak and remain in possession of first place in the Southland Conference.
The Ladyjacks improve to 19-4 overall and 12-2 in league play. TAMUCC now stands at 16-7 and 11-3 in SLC.
Ladyjacks sophomore forward Aiyana Johnson was named player of the game by recording 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists. She went 6-12 in field goals, 2-3 in free throws and added two of each in steals and turnovers.
Senior guard Emma Young led the Islanders with 12 points and senior forward Alexes Bryant recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Ladyjacks raced out to a 9-4 lead within the first five minutes of the contest with points coming from Johnson, sophomore forward Stephanie Visscher and graduate student forward Riley Harvey.
The Islanders then went on a 6-0 run to give them the first lead of the game at 10-9 with points coming from senior guard Dalesia Booth and senior forward Tiara Matthews. Both teams ended the first quarter tied at 12-12.
TAMUCC began the second quarter jumping to a 17-12 lead, but SFA’s junior guard Marissa Banfield hit a three-pointer to trim the deficit to 17-15. Banfield led the Ladyjacks with four three-pointers in the game. Following Banfield’s basket, Bryant hit a layup to extend the Islanders’ lead to 19-15.
The Ladyjacks tied it up 19-19 after two free throws from junior guard Alyssa Mayfield and a layup by freshman guard Mikayla Hutchinson. The teams kept it close most of the period and SFA went up going into halftime 30-25.
The Islanders scored first in the second half after a Bryant jump shot, but then the Ladyjacks went on a 17-4 run and leaped to a 49-33 mark at the end of the third quarter. SFA outscored TAMUCC 19-8 in the third and 42-24 in the second half.
SFA forced eight turnovers and had six steals and 11 blocked shots.
Johnson, Banfield and Harvey scored double digits for the Ladyjacks and all accounted for 50% of SFA’s points.
The Ladyjacks will return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 as they travel to face the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears in Conway, Arkansas. KSFA-860 will provide radio coverage.