|Mar. 3, 2017|
|Wiley (Texas)||Indv. Leaders||LSU Shreveport|
|#33 Jimelliah Price - 16||Points||#23 Courtney Randle - 24|
|#21 Alexis Bernstine - 10||Rebounds||#31 Quiana Tucker - 12|
|#21 Alexis Bernstine - 5||Assists||#13 Johnesha Major - 8|
|Wiley (Texas)||Team Statistics||LSU Shreveport|
|34.2% (25 - 73)||Field Goals %||42.6% (26 - 61)|
|28.6% (6 - 21)||3 Point Field Goals %||33.3% (4 - 12)|
|50% (5 - 10)||Free Throws||61.1% (11 - 18)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
ALEXANDRIA, La. – The LSU Shreveport women's basketball team advanced to Saturday's title game in the 2017 Geico Red River Athletic Conference Tournament with a 67-61 over the no. 3 seeded Wiley College Wildcats at the Rapides Coliseum. The Pilots improve to 21-9 on the season while Wiley falls to 22-7. The Pilots have also clinched their spot in the NAIA National Tournament (March 15-21) at Rimrock Arena in Billings, Montana, receiving the automatic berth from the RRAC since they have reached the title game against Our Lady of the Lake who received their bid for winning the regular season.
"This is why they call it March madness," said LSUS coach Curtis Loyd. "We got off the slowest start in history, and we kept chipping away and we did not help ourselves early on with turning the ball over. I appreciate this team because they knew it and they made the change and it had an immediate effect."
The Pilots trailed by a dozen at the end of the first quarter as Wiley capitalized on the LSUS mistakes. But by halftime the Pilots had trimmed that deficit to six and were set up to make a run in the second half but they would need to shoot better than their 30-percent they shot in the first half.
"Shooting in this arena was going to take a few shots but after we got going we started moving forward with our transition offense and with our half court sets.," said Coach Loyd as it did not take his Pilots long to climb back into the game as they exchanged leads with Wiley by the end of the 3rd quarter.
LSUS took the lead for good with 5:42 to play on a layup by Kourtney Pennywell (SR/Shreveport, Louisiana) who finished with 20 points. Courtney Randle (SR/Lamarque, Texas) was 3-of-7 from long range as she led all scorers with 24 points. Quiana Tucker (SR/Stone Mountain, Georgia) was the only other Pilot to net double digits as she finished with a double-double performance of 10 points and a dozen boards.
"Our big three once again came through, a double-double from Tucker and going 5-for-7 from the field really helped us in the post," said Loyd. "Pennywell got off to a slow start but once she started, she really pressed their post players to stop her. Randle did a great job outside of playing defense as well as getting rebounds and scoring within our offense."
Randle and Pennywell were the only two players for either team to play in all 40 minutes in today's game. The Pilots shot an impressive 57-percent in the second half to finish off the Wildcats and earn the right to face the no. 1 Our Lady of the Lake Saints tomorrow afternoon.
"Wiley is a great team and they should be included into the national tournament because this league has three top teams. We are so excited to play tomorrow and we will come out with a better start now that we got the first round jitters out of the way," said Loyd as both the Pilots and Saints will be playing for bragging rights and for the tournament title since both are locked into the National Tournament.
vs OLLU (24-7) at Rapides Coliseum at 2 p.m.
|22-10 (.688)||15-3 (.833)||Lost 1|