Gold Nuggets snap SLU’s winning streak, 58-47

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Gold Nuggets Snap SLU Winning Streak

HAMMOND, La. – Xavier (La.) forced Southeastern Louisiana into its poorest shooting season of the 2018-19 season, snapping the Lady Lions’ four-game winning streak with a 59-47 upset of SLU in non-conference women’s basketball action Friday night at the University Center.

The Lady Lions (4-2) could not ever get going offensively, as the visitors held SLU to 28.8 percent (15-for-52) field-goal shooting. The Gold Nuggets improved to 8-3 overall with the victory, preventing Southeastern from starting the season 5-1 for the first time since the 1988-89 season.

Jaclyn Scholvin led SLU with a game-high 13 points. The Mandeville, Louisiana native was the lone Southeastern player in double figures, as Charliee Dugas and Celica Sterling added nine points each off the bench.

Cailtyn Williams paced Southeastern with a team-high 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Mikayla Bates led three Gold Nuggets in double figures with 12 points. Gina Smith came off the bench with a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Jas Hill added 11 points as well for XULA.

Neither team could buy a bucket in the first quarter, as Southeastern held a 13-10 lead after the opening 10 minutes. Xavier got hot from outside the arc in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Behind four second-quarter threes, the Gold Nuggets took a 29-24 advantage into the break.

The Gold Nuggets would stretch their lead to as many as 12 in the third quarter, as Southeastern shot 21.1 percent (4-for-19) from the floor. Tyler Morrison netted a 30-foot shot to cut the lead to nine heading into the final quarter.

SLU cut the lead to six on a Dugas layup in the opening minute of the final quarter. However, the Gold Nuggets answered with an 8-2 run that Nahrie Pierce capped with a pair of free throws that extended the advantage to 51-39 with 5:17 remaining. Southeastern would get no closer than 10 the rest of the way.

Following a break for finals, Southeastern will travel to Louisiana Tech on Dec. 12 for a 6:30 p.m. non-conference contest in Ruston.

Xavier (La.) 59 (8-3)
Hill 2-9 7-7 11, Duncan 1-4 1-3 3, Bates 3-8 4-4 12, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Virgil 1-6 0-0 3, Trench 1-4 0-0 3, Wells 2-5 1-2 7, Nichols 1-2 0-0 3, Smith 4-7 3-4 11, Pierce 1-1 4-4 6. Totals 16-46 20-24 59.
Southeastern Louisiana 47 (4-2)
Carrier 1-7 0-0 3, C. Williams 1-8 3-4 5, Scholvin 5-13 1-2 13, Morrison 1-3 3-4 6, Brailey 0-2 0-0 0, K. Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Dugas 3-8 3-8 9, Rivers 0-0 0-0 0, Sterling 3-9 2-2 9. Totals 15-52 12-20 47.
End of 1st Quarter – SLU 13, XULA 10. Halftime – XULA 29, SLU 24. End of 3rd Quarter – XULA 43, SLU 34. 3-point goals – XULA 7-20 (Bates 2-5, Wells 2-5, Virgil 1-4, Trench 1-2, Nichols 1-2, Hill 0-2), SLU 5-18 (Scholvin 2-4, Sterling 1-7, Carrier 1-3, Morrison 1-1, Brailey 0-2, C. Williams 0-1). Technical Fouls – None. Fouled Out – None. Rebounds – XULA 36 (Smith 14), SLU 35 (C. Williams 11). Assists – XULA 7 (Trench 3), SLU 3 (Morrison 2). Total Fouls – XULA 16, SLU 20. A – 526.

TICKET INFORMATION
For ticket information on the upcoming Southeastern women’s basketball season, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.lionsports.net/tickets.

SEASON OF GIVING
Southeastern Louisiana Athletics, the Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs will hold a food drive throughout the months of November and December. Fans who bring one of the requested items to the University Center (game day only) or the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics will receive a voucher for a discounted ticket.

All items will be donated to the SLU Food Pantry. Requested items include snack bars, tuna, soup, cereal, pop tarts, macaroni and cheese, cup noodles, pasta, ramen noodles, chili, black beans, red beans, dry beans, peanut butter, jelly, Vienna sausage, rice, instant rice, instant potatoes, microwave meals, fruit cups, mouthwash, shampoo and toothpaste.

SOCIAL MEDIA
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CLEAR BAG POLICY
Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit www.LionSports.net/clear.

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