The LSU Eunice Lady Bengals held Baton Rouge Community College to just 18 percent shooting on the way to a 52-40 road victory on Wednesday night.
The Lady Bengals (6-12 overall, 2-1 Miss-Lou Conference) held Baton Rouge (12-7, 2-1) to just 17 first half points – seven coming from the free throw line. LSU Eunice took the lead for good just over five minutes into the ball game, extending the lead out to as much as 16 points before the final margin.
“We really emphasized defense, and did a couple different things defensively, and shut them down tonight. This was probably one of the better games we’ve played, at least in the second semester for sure,” coach Michael Bari said.
“We’ve got people playing really well right now and hopefully that continues over the next nine games,” he said.
Defensively, the Lady Bengals held the hosts to just 14-for-77 shooting from the floor, including zero baskets from behind the 3-point line in the win. LSU Eunice shot 37 percent from the floor and 33 percent from long range.
Meghan Cross had a huge night for the Lady Bengals, finishing with 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting, grabbing 11 rebounds as well, while Lida Politopoulou added 17 points, eight rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks.
Chesley Dubroc finished with eight points and five rebounds, while Taylor Hurd added four points and nine rebounds. Brooke Richard added two points and three rebounds to round out the scoring.
Talaih Robertson was the only double-digit scorer for BRCC, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Grambling 76, UNO 44: In Grambling, Grambling finished the opening half on a 24-6 run en route at the Assembly Center.
UNO (1-16) guard Samantha Gray hit a 3-pointer to pull the Lady Privateers within five at 15-10 with 13:34 remaining in the opening half. But after Gray’s basket, Grambling (3-16) initiated its run to enter halftime with a 39-16 lead.
Over the final 13:34 before the break, the Lady Privateers made just two of 15 attempts from the field combined with eight turnovers. A lay-up by Keri Thomas with 7:50 remaining in addition to a buzzer-beating three-pointer by the senior guard provided UNO with its lone field goals over the stretch.
Thomas scored a Lady Privateer high of 16 points, including 13 of the team’s 16 points in the first half. Thomas was 5-of-10 from the field during the opening 20 minutes.
Grambling built on their advantage in the second half, outscoring UNO 37-28 over the final 20 minutes. Victoya Ricks had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Tigers. Cierra Ceazer added 17 points.
The Lady Privateers will play their next two at home, beginning with Texas-Pan American on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game is the backend of a doubleheader with the UNO men’s basketball team, which plays Champion Baptist at 12 p.m.
SCHEDULE CHANGE: The University of New Orleans announced changes to the men’s and women’s basketball schedules: Saturday will now feature a hoops doubleheader at Lakefront Arena.
Originally scheduled as a single women’s basketball game against Texas-Pan American, Saturday’s slate will get begin with the men hosting Champion Baptist at noon followed by the Lady Privateers’ meeting against former Sun Belt rival UTPA at 2 p.m.
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