Marissa Banfield became SFA’s all-time leader in three-pointers in a game with eight threes during the Ladyjacks’ 87-75 win over Our Lady of the Lake Sunday afternoon at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
Banfield etched her name in the SFA record book at the 8:03 mark of the third quarter after Kennedy Harris passed the ball to a wide open Banfield who sunk the basket without touching iron. Banfield initially tied the record earlier this season with seven three-pointers against Central Christian College on Dec. 7.
Banfield scored 20 of her team-leading 29 points in the first period, and shot a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arc. Coming into the game, SFA shot a combined 7-for-29 from three-point land in their previous two games.
The win marks SFA’s seventh in a row to move the Ladyjacks to 9-2 on the year and hold a 2-0 record in Southland Conference play. The matchup is the last non-conference game of the year.
Despite Banfield’s notable accolades, the Ladyjacks went into halftime trailing. The game marks the second time in two years that OLLU came into William R. Johnson Coliseum and led at the half.
OLLU took the lead with 1:32 remaining in the first half after Sarah Mgbeike knocked down a fast break layup. From there, the Saints went on a 6-2 run to close out the first half with a 47-43 lead.
Aiyana Johnson took over in the third quarter. Johnson, who was tagged with two early fouls in the first quarter and was held to three minutes in the first half, scored 18 points in the third quarter.
Visscher got things going in the third with a two-point jumper to cut the lead to two, and a Johnson layup to tie it 20 seconds later. The two teams traded baskets until SFA closed out the third stanza with a 13-4 run to take a 69-55 lead into the final quarter.
In the fourth, Stephanie Visscher scored seven points followed by six from Johnson. the Saints outscored SFA 20-18, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Visscher finished the game with a double-double — 22 points and 13 rebounds. She also added seven assists to her tally. Johnson added 24 points. As a team, SFA shot 32-for-67 (47.8 %) from the field, and 11-for-27 (40.7 %) from beyond the arc.
The Ladyjacks will be back in action when they take on Southeastern Louisiana at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at William R. Johnson Coliseum. The game will be televised on ESPN 3.