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SAU Tech Lady Rockets Basketball off to a strong start to 2022-2023 season

by Michael Hanich | November 22, 2022 at 10:15 a.m.
Photo By: Michael Hanich SAU Tech guard Sh'Diamond McKnight calls a play in the game against William Baptist.

The SAU Tech Lady Rockets have only played eight games this season, with two of the road. Despite being on the road more often and playing more experienced teams, the Lady Rockets have progressed well as they have accumulated an overall record of 6-2.

SAU Tech started their 2022-2023 college basketball season with a 67-51 home win over William Baptist JV. Four days later, the lady Rockets followed that game up with a decisive 88-61 road victory over Olney Central. Sophomore guard Jaylia Reed recorded the first-ever quadruple in school history. Reed accounted for 19 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals.

The Lady Rockets would lose two of their next three games for SAU Tech, all on the road in six days. They returned home to face Arkansas Baptist College JV on Saturday, Nov. 12. The Lady Rockets had their best offensive performance of the season with a 101-63 win. The Lady Rockets shot 59.2% from field goals (42-of-71), 57.9% from the three-point arc (11-of-19), and 75% from the free-throw line (6-of-8).

SAU Tech is coming off a back-to-back set of games on the road in the Northwest Mississippi Tourney last Thursday and Friday. The Lady Rockets defeated Northwest Mississippi 74-61 on Thursday and Meridian 61-57 after shooting a 50% field-goal percentage.

The Lady Rockets are currently averaging 71.4 points shooting a field goal of 45.9%, a three-point percentage of 32.8%, and a free-throw percentage of 60.1%. Reed has been the tenacious scorer for the Lady Rockets as she is averaging 13.6 points per game. She is shooting a field-goal percentage of 38.8%, a three-point percentage of 32.6%, and a free-throw percentage of 74.4%. She is also averaging seven rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 4.3 steals per game through eight games.

Sophomore forward Jada Burrell is another high-volume addition to the Lady Rockets, just like Reed. Through eight games this season, Burrell is averaging 11.5 points, a team-high 9.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. After leading the team in points last season, sophomore guard Sh'Diamond McKnight is averaging 9.6 points as she is developing her shooting and allowing a chance for her teammates to take a much-more efficient transition to the collegiate level. McKnight has a field-goal percentage of 54.4% this season. McKnight is also averaging 4.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 4.1 steals per game.

Finally, sophomore Mia Hardin, who signed with North Carolina AT&T on Nov. 10, is averaging 7.1 points shooting a field-goal percentage of 48% while also averaging 8.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 1.9 blocks per game.

The Lady Rockets have an extensive break until Dec. 8, when they host the Coahoma Community College.

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