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St. Thomas - Houston
(RV)LSU Shreveport
Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 18, 2017
St. Thomas (Texas) 12-13, 7-9 RRAC162317864
LSU Shreveport 19-8, 14-2 RRAC1319222175
Feb. 18, 2017
Shreveport, LA
St. Thomas (Texas)Indv. LeadersLSU Shreveport
#31 Maghen Lormand - 22Points #23 Courtney Randle - 26
#33 Chante Jefferson - 8Rebounds #23 Courtney Randle - 15
#3 Tannon Slater - 4Assists 3 Players - 2
St. Thomas (Texas)Team StatisticsLSU Shreveport
41.3% (26 - 63) Field Goals % 41.7% (25 - 60)
33.3% (4 - 12) 3 Point Field Goals % 40% (4 - 10)
61.5% (8 - 13) Free Throws 61.8% (21 - 34)
35Rebounds 45
12Assists 9
14Turnovers 13
62nd Chance Pts 13

SHREVEPORT, La. – Kourtney Pennywell (SR/Shreveport, Louisiana) scored 13 points to tie the all-time scoring record for the women's basketball program at LSUS, with her next point she will have the record all to herself. But for now she will have to share it with Jenna Diakos for almost a week. Today the Pilots took down the visiting St. Thomas Celts 75-64 at The Dock in Red River Athletic Conference action in the final home game of the season. LSUS improves to 19-8 overall and 14-2 in the RRAC while St. Thomas falls to 12-13 and 7-9 in the league.

"What a great day for basketball," said LSUS coach Curtis Loyd. "Our crowd was electric and our players needed every bit of energy that was in the gym."

The Pilots held the lead briefly in the first quarter but the visiting Celts were determined and led for most of the game including by double digits late in the third quarter. But the Pilots gathered up the energy mentioned by Coach Loyd and went on an 11-2 run to close out the third quarter to pull within two, 56-54.

"St. Thomas came out to a great start. Number 31 (Maghen Lormand) really lit us up as she put up 16 points in the first half. We had to make a change on defense and put a quick defender on her which was Courtney Randle (SR/Lamarque, Texas) and that gave us a chance to get back in the game," said Loyd of the adjustment that paid off as Lormand scored just six second half points.

Quiana Tucker (SR/Stone Mountain, Georgia) was in foul trouble early but the Pilots did what they had to do to weather the storm. "Her being in foul trouble certainly didn't help but I'm proud of how my team responded and chipped away at the deficit," added Loyd.

The Pilots knew coming into the game that getting rebounds would be the key but Coach Loyd was proud of his team's performance in gathering 45 to the visitors 35. "Our 12 offensive rebounds enable us to get more second chance points than they did (13-6) while our 33 rebounds on defense helped us minimize their possessions."

The visitors blazed the nets shooting 58-percent in the opening half to support a seven-point lead at the break. Their lead eventually grew to double digits as they started off shooting it well in the 3rd quarter until the Pilots defense was able to kick in.

Randle led all scorers with 26 points and added 15 rebounds for the double-double effort. Bria Freeland (SR/Austin, Texas) added 15 points along with Pennywell's 13 and Johnesha Major (SR/DeSoto, Texas)'s 11. Since Tucker was in early foul trouble she only finished with five points but she helped out with 10 total rebounds.

at Our Lady of the Lake on Friday (Feb. 24) at 5:30 p.m.
at Huston-Tillotson on Saturday (Feb. 25) at 5:30 p.m.

W - Basketball
Overall RRAC Streak
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