|LSU-Shreveport 20-9, 15-3 RRAC||12||10||23||29||74|
|Huston-Tillotson 15-8, 12-6 RRAC||8||15||15||20||58|
|Feb. 25, 2017|
|Austin, Texas (Branch Gymnasium)|
|#23 Courtney Randle - 21||Points||#10 Deandra Darjean - 19|
|#34 Kourtney Pennywell - 17||Rebounds||2 Players (#10,#32) - 10|
|#13 Johnesha Major - 6||Assists||2 Players (#25,#30) - 3|
|36.5% (23 - 63)||Field Goals %||27.4% (23 - 84)|
|9.1% (1 - 11)||3 Point Field Goals %||8% (2 - 25)|
|79.4% (27 - 34)||Free Throws||76.9% (10 - 13)|
|21||2nd Chance Pts||19|
AUSTIN, Tex. – A strong second half lifted the LSU Shreveport women's basketball team past the Huston-Tillotson Rams 74-58 on Saturday night in the final game of the regular season. The Pilots improve to 20-9 and 15-3 in the RRAC while the Rams slip to 15-8 and 12-6 in the conference.
"I'm so proud of my team for the way that they bounced back tonight," said LSUS coach Curtis Loyd mentioning of last night's defeat at OLLU. "We did a great job in the second half of controlling the boards a lot better than the first half," he said as HT was up in the rebounding category by 11 but the Pilots were able to balance that out with their strong second half performance.
Coach Loyd also mentioned the fact of the Pilots shared the ball better in the second half as they finished with a total of 13 assists led by Johnesha Major (SR/DeSoto, Texas) with six. He was also happy with the fact that his team was able to make more layups in the second half which led to four double digit scorers which he said was the key to the win.
The Pilots were led in scoring by Courtney Randle (SR/Lamarque, Texas) with 21 points while Kourtney Pennywell (SR/Shreveport, Louisiana) boosted her totals with 18 second half points as she finished with 20. Bria Freeland (SR/Austin, Texas) (15) and Quiana Tucker (SR/Stone Mountain, Georgia) (10) also finished with double digits.
Randle boosted the Pilots to a near 80-percent effort from the free-throw line as she made 13 of her 15 attempts.
The win locks up the no. 2 seed for the Pilots in next weekend's RRAC Tournament which will earn them a bye in the first round. The tournament is a six-team single elimination bracket that will be held at the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria.
"We are excited and so proud to be representing the Red River Athletic Conference with the second seed for the next week's tournament. I am going to take a short break and enjoy what we have accomplished up until now. But we also know that there is a lot more basketball to be played," ended Loyd after his Pilots gathered their 7th 20-win season in program history.
The Pilots could be one win away from clinching a berth in the NAIA National Tournament if no. 1 OLLU wins their semi-final round game as well.
at RRAC TOURNAMENT
Location: Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria, La.
Friday, March 3 vs highest seed remaining at 1 p.m.
|22-10 (.688)||15-3 (.833)||Lost 1|