XULA women pull away late to win by 16 over Southeastern Baptist

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NEW ORLEANS — Nia Bishop and Da’Jha Virgil made 3s during a fourth-quarter run Wednesday that helped Xavier University of Louisiana pull away for a 69-53 women’s basketball victory against Southeastern Baptist.

It was XULA’s first game in 53 days because of COVID-19 postponements and cancellations, and the victory looked nothing like the season opener Oct. 21, when XULA rolled to a 91-44 victory against SBC.

This time the Lady Chargers were in striking distance early in the fourth quarter, getting 1-of-2 free throws from Cardrina Nolen to trim XULA’s lead to 52-47. Six minutes earlier, XULA had led by 11.

But XULA answered with a 13-2 run during the next 3 1/2 minutes — Bishop scored five points — to clinch and snap a two-game losing streak.

Victory Udechi led XULA (3-2) with 17 points, nine rebounds three steals and a block. Bishop and Rayna Ross scored 11 points apiece, and Nina German scored 10. Bishop and German had four assists apiece, and Jaleah LaFargue had four of XULA’s 19 steals.

XULA blocked a season-best eight shots, with O.C. Mbakop Ngassam leading the way with three.

Group play for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women will start next week at XULA’s Convocation Center. There will be four consecutive days of GCAC games involving all seven teams. XULA will lead off with a noon Monday matchup with Tougaloo, which has yet to play this season.

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