Stephen F. Austin sophomore Aiyana Johnson posted a double-double, scoring 18 points, while pulling down 11 rebounds and handing out an assist, as she helped the Ladyjacks to a key 66-44 road win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday night in American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.
The win enabled SFA (11-3, 4-1 SLC) to bounce back from their first Southland Conference loss of the year on Saturday and stay on the heels of Sam Houston State (10-4, 5-0 SLC) and Abilene Christian (12-1, 4-0 SLC) in the league chase. The Islanders fell to 9-6, 3-2 in league action.
SFA limited A&M-Corpus Christi to just four points in the opening period and eight in the third quarter, and that was enough to enable the Ladyjacks to pull away. The Islanders hit only 22.2% (2-of-9) from the field in each quarter, while SFA finished the game connecting on 25-of-50 (50%) from the field and 8-of-22 (36.4%) from behind the three-point arc.
Stephanie Visscher finished as the game’s leading scorer with 20 points, hitting 4-of-9 from three-point territory. She also added five boards and a pair of assists. Marissa Banfield warmed up from behind the arc, dropping in 4-of-8, to post 16 points and three assists. BriAnna Mitchell pitched in six points.
SFA won the battle of points in the paint (34-16), fast break points (8-1) and points off turnovers, 22-10, despite forcing only five more turnovers (18-13) than the Islanders.
Emma Young was the leading scorer from A&M-Corpus Christi, with 17. Alexes Bryant added nine, to go along with four boards and three assists.
The Ladyjacks led 12-4 after the first quarter and widened the gap to 29-18 at the break. SFA scored 20 points in the third period, while limiting A&M-CC to just eight points.
SFA will have a bye on Saturday, before hosting Central Arkansas on Wednesday.