The Ladyjacks caught fire in the second-half to beat the Abilene Christian Wildcats, 65-48, Wednesday night in William R. Johnson Coliseum.
With the win, have a conference record of 15-2 and clinched a double bye in the Southland Conference tournament. The Jacks remain on the hunt for a conference title with one game remaining.
“I loved our effort and loved us on the defensive end, I think we held them to 19 [points] in the second half, which is tremendous and will give you a chance to win every game,” said Mark Kellogg SFA head women’s basketball coach. “It was a good win for us. We needed a bounce back win against a quality opponent.”
Coming out of halftime with a tie game at 29, the Ladyjacks outscored ACU 17-12 and finished the quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 46-41 lead into the final period. The Ladyjacks implemented an unrelenting defense in the fourth and scored consistently. Near the end of the game, the Jacks went on a 7-0 run to close the door on an ACU comeback. SFA didn’t allow ACU a single point in the final four minutes of the game.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair. SFA went on an 8-0 run to put the lead to 12-5, but ACU went on a 7-0 run of their own to tie the game at 12 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams traded blows until the halftime buzzer sounded with the two teams knotted up at 29.
Along with disallowing the Wildcats to a single point in the final four minutes of the game, SFA also forced ACU into 22 turnovers.
“We wanted to see if we can get after them,” Kellogg said. “You just can’t allow them to get to their spots on the court that they want to. That was the game plan to not let them get to their sweet spots.”
Imani Johnson recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Aiyana Johnson led the team in points with 14 on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and also grabbed five rebounds to her tally. Chanell Hayes also joined the double-digit party with 10 points.
Hayes once again added another accolade to her tally by moving into seventh on SFA’s all-time 3-pointer list, with two threes in the game to make it 144 career three-pointers.
The Ladyjacks will be back in action in their final regular season game against Sam Houston State at 2 p.m. Saturday in William R. Johnson Coliseum. If the Ladyjacks win the game, it’ll mark the third-straight 25-win season.