Jan. 24, 2004
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - LaToya Lewis scored a career-high 25 points, all in the second half, but it was not enough as Texas-Arlington fell 58-54 to Stephen F. Austin Saturday evening at the William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The loss marked the 23rd time that the Lady Mavs lost in Nacogdoches in 23 attempts.
Freshman guard Nikki Carr hit a running four-footer with 19.4 seconds on the clock to give the Ladyjacks the lead for good in the thrilling four-point game in Nacogdoches.
The Ladyjacks (2-13, 2-3 SLC) pushed its lead to as many as 14-points early in the second half as Carr stole the ball on the opening possession of the second half and raced to the other end for a layup.
UTA (9-8, 3-2 SLC) then jumped on the back of Lewis who sparked a 19-4 run in the first 6:31 of the second half to put UTA ahead by three-points. In that span, Lewis connected on four consecutive three-pointers and a pair of free throws.
After a Kirby Killingsworth three-pointer tied the game up, Lewis scored eight of the next 10 Lady Mav points in pushing the lead to six points.
The Ladyjacks kept chipping away at the lead over the next few minutes cutting the lead to one-point with 5:28 to play.
Lewis would then connect on her fifth triple of the half and Rola Ogunoye would steal the inbounds pass and lay it in to push the lead quickly back to five points.
In the game's final two minutes, Carr would connect on a triple and Tiffany Perkins added a free throw to tie the game up with 1:26 to play, setting up the final sequence by Carr.
UTA took its only lead of the first half when Tojjinay Thompson canned a three-pointer from the left baseline on the game's opening possession. From that point, the Lady Mavs did not score a point over the next 6:39 allowing SFA to open up a 10-3 advantage. UTA finally stopped the dry spell as Sheena Johnson knocked down a pair of free throws to trim the lead to five.
The Lady Mavs would get as close as four points in the half, but the Ladyjacks would connect on a pair of three-pointers, including Tiffany Perkins' with 18 seconds to play, would push the lead to its largest margin of the half.
SFA could have put the Lady Mavs away in the first half if it were not for poor foul shooting. In the opening stanza, the Ladyjacks shot only 5-for-19 (.263) from the charity stripe.
Lewis went 6-for-7 from behind the arc and 3-for-3 from the free throw line in the second. Ogunoye was the only other Lady Mav in double figures with 13 points. Johnson added seven points and eight rebounds. Carr and LaToya Mills each had 12 points for SFA.
For the game, the Lady Mavs shot only 32.7 % (18-for-55) from the floor and only 5-for-28 (.179) in the first half.
The Lady Mavs were dominated on the glass as the Ladyjacks outrebounded UTA 52-19, including 19 to 11 on the offensive end.
The Lady Mavs return to action on Thursday, Jan. 29 when they return to Texas Hall to take on Nicholls State. Tip-off is set for 5:45 p.m. and will broadcast on Comcast Channel 13 in Arlington.
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