The Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks will look to close out the 2018-19 regular season with games against Abilene Christian and Sam Houston State.
The Ladyjacks are coming off a 62-46 loss to front-runner of the Southland Conference Lamar Cardinals on Saturday, handing the Jacks their second conference loss of the season. With the loss, the Ladyjacks sit at No. 2 with a two-game lead over Abilene Christian and Nicholls.
SFA’s next matchup will be against Abilene Christian at William R. Johnson Coliseum. ACU ranks third in total offense in the Southland Conference— one spot ahead of SFA.
From ACU, Dominique Golightly leads the way with 14.4 points-per-game. Sara Williamson will also be a player highlighted on SFA’s scouting report, with 12.4 ppg, and has accumulated 126 assists in the season to lead the team. Williamson has proven to be one of the most efficient shooters in the Southland Conference, ranking first in field goal percentage with .613 shooting percentage.
ACU also boasts a top-five defense in the SLC, ranking No. 5 by allowing 63 ppg to opposing teams. Williamson not only excels on the offensive side of the ball, but is ranked No. 6 in the SLC by averaging 1.1 blocks-per-game.
The last time the two teams met was on Jan. 23 in Abilene, where the Ladyjacks won 71-55 behind Imani and Aiyana Johnson’s combined 29 points.
Following ACU, SFA will meet with rival SHSU. The Bearkats sit in
fifth-place in the SLC standings—four games behind SFA.
SHSU has the second- best offense in the conference with an average of 74.7 ppg—one spot behind front-runner Lamar. The offense has been carried on the shoulders of Jaylonn Walker who scored 15.4 ppg, which ranks fourth in the SLC. Jennifer Oramas and Amber Leggett follow closely behind with 12.7 and 11.6 ppg, respectively.
Oramas ranks second in the conference with 4.8 assists-per-game, and Walker ranks third in steals with 2.5 steals-per- game.
Though SHSU ranks in the top for offense, their defense is not their strongest attribute. SHSU ranks ninth in overall defense by allowing 67.9 points to opposing teams. However, SHSU does play a high-intensity defense by forcing an average of 11.85 spg.
The last time these two teams faced off was Feb. 2 in Huntsville, where the
Ladyjacks won 78-68 behind 21 points from both Chanell Hayes and Imani Johnson.
The game against ACU will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the matchup against SHSU will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The Lumberjacks will close out their season against rival and front-runner of the SLC, SHSU.
The Lumberjacks sit at eighth in total offense with an average of 71.1 ppg, despite having the top two scorers in the conference with Kevon Harris (18.2 ppg) and Shannon Boques (18 ppg).
SFA also ranks seventh in defense, something that has hindered them in the past. The Lumberjacks have struggled defending the 3-point shot this season, which doesn’t bode well for the Jacks considering SHSU is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the conference.
SHSU has a 3-point shooting percentage of .369, which ranks second in the conference behind ACU’s .389 percentage. This is due, in large part, to SHSU’s
Cameron Delaney, who leads the conference with a .447 three-point shooting percentage. Delaney shot 4-for-6 from behind the arc against SFA in the previous meeting.
Kai Mitchell has proven himself as one of the most efficient shooters in the conference by ranking fourth with a .544 field goal percentage. Josh Delaney, Cameron’s brother, ranks fourth in the SLC in assists with 4.7 apg.
The last time these two teams met was Feb. 2 in Huntsville, where SHSU won
in convincing fashion, 92-74. In the match up, SHSU had four players score in double- digits with Cameron Delaney leading the way with 18, followed by Mitchell with 16, Chad Bowie with 13 and Josh Delaney with 11.
For the Jacks, Harris, Bogues and Davonte Fitzgerald combine for 50 points. The rest of the team combined for 22 points.
The game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday at William R. Johnson Coliseum following the Women’s game. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.