New Orleans Women’s Basketball gets back in win column with victory at McNeese

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LAKE CHARLES, La. – The New Orleans women’s basketball program got back in the win column with a 64-53 victory over Southland Conference foe McNeese at the Burton Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: New Orleans – 64, McNeese 53
LOCATION: Burton Coliseum – Lake Charles, La.
RECORDS: New Orleans 5-12 (2-9 SLC), McNeese 5-10 (5-3 SLC)

HOW IT HAPPENED
– New Orleans took a 7-5 lead after the first quarter of play.
– The Privateers then won the second as well by a 16-15 margin to take a 23-20 edge into the half.
– The streak continued for New Orleans in the third as they recorded a 16-13 edge to hold a 39-33 heading into the final frame.
– The Privateers made it a clean sweep in winning quarters as they posted a 25-20 mark in the final frame to close out the 64-53 victory.

GAME NOTES
– Sophomore guard Mia Deck returned to the lineup for the first time since Jan. 30 and dropped 17 points to go with two rebounds and two steals. She also went 9-of-10 from the line for a new career-high in made free throws. The points scored was the second-highest total the Dallas, Texas native has recorded so far this season.
– Senior Dionjhae Thomas posted 15 points, four assists and a rebound. She also tied a career-high six steals which ranks in a tie for the third-most recorded by a Southland student-athlete this year. It was the ninth consecutive game that she has reached double-digits in scoring and the 12th time overall this season. The six steals were the most by a Privateer since Thomas notched six against Southeastern back on March 4, 2020.
– Freshman Zoe Cooper finished with a career-best 10 points and tied a career-high with two steals. She also added eight boards.
– Jada Duncantell was the fourth Privateer in double-digits as the senior point guard chipped in 10 points and three rebounds. It is the third straight game that Duncantell has touched double-digits in scoring.
– Today was the first game this season that New Orleans had four student-athletes reach double-digits in points scored.
– The Privateer improved to 5-1 on the year when they scored greater than 60 points.
– The victory was the first road win of the season for New Orleans, which snapped a nine-game losing streak to open the year away from the friendly confines of the UNO Lakefront Arena.
– This afternoon’s win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Privateers. The victory also kept New Orleans mathematically in the hunt for the Southland Conference Tournament.

NEXT UP
New Orleans will return to the Lakefront for a showdown with A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the UNO Lakefront Arena. Tipoff for the contest is set for 7 PM CT.

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