After both squads picked up wins on opening night earlier this week, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks and Lumberjacks will host a non-conference doubleheader Saturday inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The Ladyjacks (1-0) will get the day started with an 11 a.m. tip against Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) member Alcorn State (0-1). The matchup will be broadcast live on ESPN3, with the audio broadcast on KTBQ Radio (107.7-FM).
The Lumberjacks (1-0) will then take to the home court for the second time in as many games when they battle North Carolina Central (0-0) in the Eagles’ season opener. The matchup will be broadcast on ESPN3, with the audio portion available on KTBQ Radio (10.7.7-FM).
The Ladyjacks and Lady Braves have met four times in the past, with SFA winning each of those matchups. The Ladyjacks won their only previous meeting in Nacogdoches, which was the first time they squared off, an 82-58 win back in 2005. The squads met the last time two years ago, with SFA claiming an 83-79 victory.
SFA is coming off a close win in their season opener on Tuesday night, a 67-63 victory over Tulsa. The Ladyjacks led by as many as 24 points in the third quarter before holding off the Golden Hurricane for the four-point win.
Stephanie Visscher led the Ladyjacks with 19 points, 13 rebounds, five steals and four assists. Marissa Banfield added 12 points, while Alyssa Mayfield and Aiyana Johnson both chipped in eight.
The Lumberjacks used a balanced attack to take down NCAA Division 3 LeTourneau, 89-70, at home on Tuesday.
Gavin Kensmil paced the Lumberjack attack with 15 points and 10 boards, while Kevon Harris led all SFA scorers with 18 points, while adding eight rebounds. Cameron Johnson chipped in 11 points and six boards and Sama’Zha Hart was also in double figures with 10 points.
North Carolina Central comes into Nacogdoches having earned three straight NCAA Tournament bids. The Eagles and ’Jacks have only played once prior, with NCC coming out on top, 65-57, in 2011.