Wells 3-pointer helps Nuggets hold off Generals 51-48

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NEW ORLEANS — Essence Wells hit a 3-pointer with 32 seconds remaining Wednesday to put Xavier University of Louisiana ahead to stay in a 51-48 women’s basketball victory against LSU-Alexandria at the Convocation Center.

The Gold Nuggets (3-2) have won three straight, two against the Generals (0-2).

Wells’s trey gave XULA a 50-48 lead. Maya Trench made 1-of-2 free throws with eight seconds remaining for the final points.

Trench and Ireyon Keith scored 10 points apiece for XULA, and Mikayla Bates grabbed 10 rebounds. Katie Lemieux and Nakendria Wilson scored 13 points apiece for LSUA, and Lemieux grabbed 12 rebounds.

XULA won despite being outshot 37.3 to 28.4 percent from the floor. The Gold Nuggets led 10-4 after one quarter, 25-19 at halftime and 39-35 through three quarters.

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