Nov. 28, North Arkansas College at Harrison, Arkansas
The Lady Roadrunners traveled to Harrison to take on the North Arkansas College Lady Pioneers. North Arkansas came into the contest ranked 20th in the NJCAA Division II Preseason Rankings. SFCC fell by a score of 78-72.
North Arkansas led 25-17 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Pioneers took their biggest lead of the contest at 34-19 in the second quarter. SFCC chipped away at the deficit, cutting the North Arkansas advantage to only seven points at halftime.
SFCC cut the lead to three points late in the fourth quarter. However, the Lady Pioneers made the plays late in the game to secure the victory.
Freshman guard Jazzmyn Elston led the Lady Roadrunners in scoring with 27 points, including five three-point shots. She also led in steals with three. Sophomore guard Ren'Cia Rolling contributed 16 points, dished out 11 assists and pulled down seven rebounds, which tied her for team-high honors with freshman guard Monique Esbrand and sophomore guard/forward Catie Kaifes. Kaifes also added 12 points. SFCC knocked down 13 three-point shots as a team in the game.
"I thought we played well," said Head Coach Kevin Bucher. "North Arkansas is always a tough place to play. We defended well. We were down early in the game, but we used full-court pressure and transition offense to make the game close."
Dec. 2, Southeastern Community College at Keokuk, Iowa
The Lady Roadrunners (7-5) traveled to Keokuk to take on the Southeastern Community College Lady Blackhawks. SFCC emerged with a 91-57 victory.
"We played very well," said Bucher. "We got contributions from our guards as well as our post players. Our pressure defense worked well. It really got things rolling for us. We were able to get a good lead and then build on it."
Southeastern jumped out to a 12-2 lead early, but the score was tied at 20 at the end of one quarter. SFCC outscored the Lady Blackhawks 29-11 to take control of the game.
"We went to our full-court pressure," said Bucher. "We were able to get some easy baskets."
Esbrand led SFCC in scoring with 18 points. Kaifes contributed 16 points. Elston and freshman forward Brionna Hill added 15 points each. Rolling pitched in with 12 and registered nine assists.
The Lady Roadrunners return home to take on the 23rd ranked Vincennes University Lady Trailblazers from Vincennes, Indiana, at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.