Lamar Leading the League: The Cardinals top the league’s standings as well as many categories. Lamar leads all conference teams throughout Southland play in scoring offense (72.8), scoring margin (+12.9), free-throw percentage (.746) and turnover margin (+7.2). The Cardinals are also averaging 11. 8 steal per game, placing them seventh in the NCAA in steals per game. Stephen F. Austin Slated to Win Southland: The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks have been selected as the preseason favorite to win the Southland Conference by a vote of the league’s coaches and sports information directors for the second-straight season. The Ladyjacks are projected to claim the regular-season title by gathering 142 points and 13 first-place votes from the coaches and 137 points and nine first-place votes from the SIDs. Twenty-five Averaging Double Digits: The Southland features 25 women’s basketball athletes averaging double figure scoring throughout league action. Sam Houston State’s Shernise Robertson leads all players with 22 points per game with a total of 286 points. Northwestern State junior guard Janelle Perez is averaging 19.6 points per game while Stephen F. Austin’s Porsha Roberts is averaging 19.2 after a 32-point performance against Northwestern State junior guard Janelle Perez is third in the league with 18.5 points per game. A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday. A&M-Corpus Christi’s Shay Weaver is scoring 18 points per contest in Southland play. Stephen F. Austin’s Roberts Honored as Player of the Week: Stephen F. Austin senior center Porsha Roberts has been named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Porsha Roberts had a huge week to help the Ladyjacks earn two more Southland Conference victories last week as she averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 steals per game. She led the team in scoring in both games on the road. Roberts matched a career-high with 32 points on Saturday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on 12-for-21 shooting to propel her team to a big 74-62 win. This marks the second time this season Roberts has earning player of the week. Honorable mention this week goes to McNeese State freshman forward Frederica Haywood, Northwestern State junior guard Janelle Perez and Lamar junior guard JaMeisha Edwards. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland women’s basketball sports information directors. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player.Sam Houston State’s Robertson Scoring Big: Sam Houston State senior forward Shernise Robertson leads the Southland throughout league play averaging 19 points per game in 22 games. She leads the league with 419 total points and 150 points from free-throws. Robertson has scored 20 or more points in her eight of her last 10 games. Receiving Votes: Stephen F. Austin was the first school to receive votes in the Mid-Major Top 25 with one vote during the week of Jan. 19. SFA fell out of the rankings after a 1-point loss to Sam Houston State. The Ladyjacks are receiving votes again as of the Feb. 17 poll. Northwestern State is received votes (2) from the Jan. 27 poll through the Feb. 3 poll after posting a 7-3 Southland record. National Nods: Stephen F. Austin’s senior forward Porsha Roberts ranks second nationally in field goal percentage shooting 63 percent from the floor with Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner leading the NCAA with 68.2 percent shooting from field-goal range. Roberts also sits at seventh in offensive rebounds grabbing five offensive boards per game. Lamar graduate student forward Dominique Edwards 31st in the NCAA with 11 double-doubles throughout the season. Southeastern Louisiana senior guard Elizabeth Styles ranks 16th among Division I athletes in assists per game dishing out 6.2 assists per contest. Nicholls is sixth in the NCAA in steals per game, grabbing 12 assists per game from opponents while Lamar sits just behind the Colonels in seventh with 11.8 steals per contest. As a team, Houston Baptist ranks 19th in the nation in field-goal percentage shooting 45 percent from the floor. Southland Tournament Returns to Katy: The Southland Conference will again travel to the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas for the league’s annual event. This year’s tournament is the same bracket format as 2014 and will begin on Wednesday, March 11 with the first two games featuring seeds five through eight will be played at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Game three and four, pinning the winners of the first two games against the four and five seeds will be held Thursday, March 12 at the same times. The semifinals will start Friday, March 14 with the top two regular season finishers seeing action for the first time and taking on the winners of the previous round. The tip time will once again be 11 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. The championship will be played Sunday, March 16 at noon. ESPN3 to Carry Southland Basketball for Third Season: ESPN3 enters its third year as the home of the Southland’s primary television package. Coverage includes eight conference doubleheaders, with women’s and men’s games carried back-to-back. There are seven pre-determined broadcasts, plus a wild card selection on the season’s final weekend. The conference slate on ESPN3 for Feb. 21 is Abilene Christian (13-10, 5-7 SLC) at Southeastern Louisiana (6-16, 3-9 SLC). The two schools met on Feb. 7 in Abilene and the Wildcats defeated the Lady Lions 63-48. Winning Streaks: Lamar, Stephen F. Austin and Nicholls are all riding winnings streaks as they sit at the top of the Southland standings. The Cardinals have won their last six contests with an 11-2 Southland record with one loss at home and one on the road. The Ladyjacks are 10-2, with one less game played than Lamar, after a five-game winning streak and are undefeated on their home court. Nicholls has made its way into third-place while riding a seven-game winning streak with a 10-3 conference mark. Lamar and Stephen F. Austin face off Thursday in Nacogdoches, Texas. Southland Women’s Basketball News and Stats (Feb. 19) Grabbing Boards: Stephen F. Austin senior forward Porsha Roberts leads the conference grabbing 9.7 rebounds per game, but Houston Baptist junior forward Anna Strickland is close behind with 9.5 boarders per contest in league action. A&M-Corpus Christi’s Olivia Fouty is third in league play with 9.3 rebounds per contest. Southland in Non-Conference Games: Southland Conference teams have combined for a 60-79 record in non-conference play this season, which include a 32-27 home mark compared to a 17-46 record on the road. Southland teams went 5-7 when playing on natural sites. The league compiled 32 wins against non—Division I opponents with just four losses. The Southland picked up eight wins against the SWAC and five victories against Conference USA. Other wins among the league’s non-conference games are wins against the Big Ski, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Mountain West, Ohio Valley, Pac-10, Sun Belt and WAC. We are #SouthlandStrong: The motto encompasses a positive mindset and confident outlook for everything that happens in the Southland. It is about competitiveness and success in the conference, in the NCAA, in professional sports and many other great achievements by member institutions and student-athletes. But it is more than just excelling in competition; it is also about being successful in the classroom and in the workforce. Southland Strong is also about great works by the league’s athletic departments reaching out and giving back to the local communities and student-athletes providing leadership through their endless efforts with local charity and youth groups. The conference encourages its member institutions and student-athletes to join the social media conversation by using the #SouthlandStrong hash tag to tell why someone or something is Southland Strong.