Dominant third quarter, Mundy’s career day lead New Orleans to 77-64 win at McNeese

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Kayla Mundy finished with career-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting

LAKE CHARLES, La. – A 15-0 run in the third allowed the Privateers to regain the lead and the University of New Orleans (6-9, 2-2 Southland) did not look back as four players reached double figures in the 77-64 victory over McNeese State University (6-9, 2-2 Southland) Saturday afternoon at Burton Coliseum.

New Orleans outscored McNeese 23-4 in the third period and extended its lead to 14 in the fourth but a furious Cowgirls rally was halted by clutch three-pointers. The third was highlighted by a 15-0 run. For the second consecutive game, Kayla Mundy scored 20 points, finishing with a career-high 23 on 10-of-15 shooting. Randi Brown followed with 17 points and six assists – all six coming in the second half. Shania Woods posted her fifth double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Mariah Wright rounded out the double-digit scorers with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

McNeese shot 57.1 percent from the floor but trailed by one through the opening 10 minutes as Mundy scored seven of New Orleans’ 18 points and added a block and steal. Wright dished out two assists and S. Woods added four points and three boards.

The Privateers led by as much as seven but a missed layup led to a 12-0 run to end the half for the Cowgirls, giving McNeese a 39-32 lead into the half.

Mundy finished the half with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

The Cowgirls bench accounted for 13 points, led by Mercedes Rogers’ eight points and five rebounds. Dede Sheppard led all players with 13 points and two steals.

A blazing start to the quarter featured an 15-0 run and 17-2 overall to put the Privateers back in front 49-41. During the run, the Silver and Blue shot 66.7 percent from the floor and S. Woods joined Mundy in double figures with 10. McNeese was held scoreless for nearly seven minutes and after finding the bottom of the net, Brown responded with a triple to give UNO a nine-point cushion.

The defense continued to stand tall and the three-point shooting kept falling for New Orleans with Wright joining Mundy and S. Woods in double figures with 11.

All in all, the Privateers outscored the Cowgirls 23-4 to head into the fourth leading 55-43.

In the frame, New Orleans went 9-of-13 and Mundy scored seven and Brown dished out five assists. Shania Woods entered the final period with a double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds)

The Privateers took their largest lead of the game (14) at the 6:37 mark, forcing a McNeese timeout. On the other side of the break, the Cowgirls cut the deficit to five with 10 unanswered as the full court trap gave the home club an opportunity to chip away. New Orleans went scoreless for four minutes during the McNeese run but the run ended on a huge trey by Brown, who drained the triple off the skip pass from Whitley Larry to take a seven-point cushion with just under two minutes left to play.

The Privateers improved to 2-2 in Southland Conference play with the 77-64 victory.

The Privateers host Stephen F. Austin State University at Lakefront Arena Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Emmanuel Pepis will be on the call on

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