UNO forward Shania Woods’ career day leads to sweep over McNeese
Privateers improve to 13-13 overall and 9-6 in conference
NEW ORLEANS – Shania Woods had a game to remember, leading a trio of double digit scorers with a career-high 31 on 9-of-12 shooting in the University of New Orleans’ (13-13, 9-6 Southland) 84-62 victory over McNeese State University (11-14, 7-7 Southland) Saturday afternoon at Lakefront Arena on Homecoming Weekend sponsored by Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Woods added 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season. Randi Brown added 16 points, three assists and three steals and Mariah Wright scored 11 points to go with five assists and three steals. Halie Matthews came off the bench with 11 boards and two blocks and Jada Duncantell was credited with four steals.
Shania Woods was perfect from the field and led all players with six points. Brown added five and Wright tallied four points and two steals. Asia Woods dished out two assists in the period as UNO shot 53.8 percent from the floor to take a 17-12 lead.
Woods matched her point total from the first to head into the halftime break with a game-high 12 points. The forward added five boards to match Matthews’ five to put New Orleans in front 34-30 through 20 minutes.
Brown finished the first half with seven points and Duncantell picked up three steals.
The interior defense continued to shine with Matthews and Asia Woods and Shania Woods cleaned up the glass for second chance buckets as the Privateers put themselves in the driver’s seat, up eight with 4:56 remaining in the period.
On the other side of the media, McNeese drained a three but the Blue and Silver responded with an and-one by Shania Woods and a steal/fast break layup by Kayla Mundy to extend the lead to 10 at the 3:40 mark.
The quarter was all UNO with the Privateers outscoring the Cowgirls by nine to head into the fourth leading 55-42.
Shania Woods had a career-high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and nine rebounds. Wright dished out four assists and added two steals and Matthews swatted away two shots.
The Privateers continued to dominate the second half with a +9 advantage with a perfect 12-for-12 display from the charity stripe.
With the clock winding down, senior Katarina Maricic drained a triple en route to a 84-62 victory for New Orleans.
The Privateers host Sam Houston State University Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the final home game of the season.
INSIDE THE BOX
Four players reached double figures for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, led by Emma Young’s 17.
The Privateers return to Lakefront Arena next week to host Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday and McNeese Saturday on Homecoming.
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