SLU opens home schedule with 89-72 victory over LSU Alexandria

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HAMMOND, La. – Playing its first official home game of the 2019-20 season, the Southeastern Louisiana women’s basketball team used a balanced effort and a huge rebounding advantage to take down LSU Alexandria, 89-72, on Wednesday afternoon in the University Center.

Southeastern (2-4) outrebounded the visiting Lady Generals, 52-23, on the way to its second straight victory. The Lady Lions also posted season-highs for points, field goal percentage (53.1 – 34-for-64) and three-point field goal percentage (56.3 – 9-for-16) on the way to the win. The game counted as an exhibition for the Lady Generals.

“We knew LSUA was going to compete,” Southeastern head coach Ayla Guzzardo said. “We were pleased with the offensive effort, but we’ve got to get better defensively, especially in transition, moving forward.”

Celica Sterling led four Lady Lions in double figures with 23 points, while Charliee Dugas (16 points), Aminat Jubril (12 points) and Morgan Carrier (11 points) also contributed to the high-scoring output. Tyler Morrison finished with a team-high three assists.

“Anytime you can have multiple players in double figures, it should lead to a win,” Guzzardo commented. “Aminat in particular did well taking advantage of the touches she was given and keeping possessions alive with her willingness to crash the offensive glass.”

The Lady Lion rebounding effort was paced by Caitlyn Williams, who finished with nine rebounds. Jubril and Morrison added seven rebounds apiece. Dugas and Alexius Horne led SLU with two steals each.

“We knew we had a big size advantage and needed to crash the boards,” Guzzardo said. “I thought we did a nice job giving ourselves extra possessions with our performance on the offensive boards. We needed it to, because it helped lessen the blow of our 23 turnovers.”

LSU Alexandria was led by Kelsey Thaxton, who finished with a game-high 25 points. Former Lady Lion, St. Thomas Aquinas alum and Hammond native Courtney Dawsey added 14 points, while Kendriana Washington pitched in with 10 for the visiting Lady Generals.

A 12-0 first quarter run put Southeastern comfortably ahead, 14-3, as a Carrier trey gave the Lady Lions an 11-point lead with 6:10 left in the opening quarter. LSUA chiseled into the lead to head to the second quarter down, 24-17.

Southeastern shot 52.6 percent (10-for-19) from the field in the second quarter to extend its lead. The Lady Lions outscored the visitors, 23-10, to take commend and a 47-27 advantage into the halftime locker room.

SLU would grow the lead to as many as 25 in the second half, though the Lady Generals would not let Southeastern pull away for a complete blowout. LSU Alexandria got as close as 14 in the fourth quarter before the Lady Lions ended the game with a 14-6 run to secure the final margin.

Up Next
Southeastern will take some time off for fall semester final examinations before hosting Jackson State on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. in the University Center. The SLU-JSU contest will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at www.LionSports.net/listenlive and via the TuneIn Radio and Lions Game Day Experience apps.

The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of Wednesday’s contest. Tune in online at www.LionSports.net or the Lions Game Day Experience app for Android or iOS devices. Fans can also watch on Southeastern’s YouTube channel (/SLUathletics) with any mobile, tablet or smart TV device (e.g., Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV and Roku).

Next Saturday’s home game features the Teams Supporting Teams promotion. There will be a special promotion and group rate for all teams who pre-purchase their group tickets to watch the Lady Lions host Jackson State. Contact the ticket office at 985-549-5466 to get your group rate.

LSU Alexandria 67 (2-3)
Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Thaxton 7-15 6-6 25, Dawsey 3-12 7-10 14, Washington 4-15 2-4 10, Daniels 3-7 0-0 6, Demouchet 3-7 0-0 6, Galloway 0-3 6-8 6. Totals 20-59 21-28 67.
Southeastern Louisiana 89 (2-4)
Williams 2-4 3-4 7, Jubril 6-9 0-0 12, Sterling 8-11 3-4 23, Morrison 3-3 0-0 6, Horne 0-4 3-4 3, Carrier 4-4 1-1 11, Giaratano 2-6 0-0 5, Dugas 6-13 2-2 16, Rivers 0-2 0-0 0, Ducksworth 1-5 0-0 2, Huderson 0-0 0-0 0, Harvey 0-0 0-0 0, Adams 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 34-64 12-15 89.
End of 1st Quarter – SLU 24, LSUA 17. Halftime – SLU 47, LSUA 27. End of 3rd Quarter – SLU 68, LSUA 50. 3-point goals – LSUA 6-16 (Thaxton 5-10, Dawsey 1-4, Washington 0-1, Demouchet 0-1), SLU 9-16 (Sterling 4-6, Dugas 2-5, Carrier 2-2, Giaratano 1-3). Technical Fouls – None. Fouled Out – Dawsey. Rebounds – LSUA 23 (Demouchet 6), SLU 52 (Williams 9). Assists – LSUA 9 (Dawsey 3), SLU 14 (Morrison 5). Total Fouls – LSUA 19, SLU 21. A – 474.

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