After a tough 77-69 loss to the Texas Tech Lady Red Raiders on Thursday night, the SFA Ladyjacks demolished the Wiley College Wildcats 97-38 Saturday afternoon inside the walls of the William R. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA (5-2, 0-0) remains undefeated at home on the season after a complete wire-to-wire victory. Five Ladyjack players scored in double figures. Imani Johnson (18), Chanell Hayes (11), Marissa Banfield (10), Riley Harvey (11) and Aaliyah Johnson (10). SFA had rhythm going on both sides of the ball for the entire contest. They forced 27 turnovers, scored 48 points in the paint, scored 21 second chance points, and the bench unit scored 43 of the 98 total points. SFA dimed out 27 total team assists, ripped down 49 huge rebounds and shot 48.5 percent from the floor for the game.
Mark Kellogg, head coach, spoke about his team’s overall performance after the game.
“The game went the way you would want it to go from start to finish,” Kellogg said. “The start was perfect, it was what we needed. We came out with a lot of energy, and we wanted to gain an identity by pressing them early, trying to force turnovers and score some points of the turnovers. I was proud of them. Everybody scored, everybody rebounded and we had 27 team assists. It’s fun to play when everybody gets involved. We gave the team goals before the game and for the most part they met all of them.”
The Ladyjacks opened the game on a 22-0 scoring run. Banfield, Hayes and Johnson combined for 15 of the 22 first quarter points scored by SFA. The Ladyjacks held Wiley to a season-low two points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, SFA scored 28 points, which was six more points than they scored in the first and held Wiley five points in the quarter. At the break SFA led by the lopsided score of 50-7.
During the second half, Wiley College scored seven points within the first four minutes of the third quarter, but the margin was too big to overcome. SFA scored 47 second half points to Wiley’s 31 and to their biggest win margin of the season.
SFA will stay in the confines of William R. Johnson Coliseum for a battle with Montana State University in their next non-conference matchup. Kellogg talked briefly about the upcoming matchup.
“We’re looking forward to playing Montana State,” Kellogg said.
“We went to their place last year and they beat us in overtime. I used to coach there and we remember they beat us last season so we want to play well. It’ll be an exciting game and a great test for us. If they were in our league, they would be one of the premiere teams in the Southland. This will be a very meaningful game like it would play of we were playing in January, February or March. Either way we hope to win and play well, but it’s going to be a talented team coming in here. We’ll be excited about the opportunity.
Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at the William R. Johnson Coliseum.