Southeastern Louisiana Completes Season Sweep of New Orleans

first_imgSoutheastern Louisiana Recap  |  New Orleans Recap Southeastern will return home to host Northwestern State on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the University Center. The game will be part of the Southland Television Network’s package and will air live on ESPN3. Things didn’t get any better for UNO in the second half. A three-pointer by LaVern gave Southeastern its largest lead of the game at 60-32 with 13:53 left in the contest. The Lady Lion lead would consistently remain over 20 until UNO pulled to as close as 15 in the waning minutes. Junior guard Elizabeth Styles was the lone Lady Lion starter to fall short of double figures, but she did dish out a game-high seven assists. Junior forward Adrina LaVern was the top performer off the bench for Southeastern, tying a career-high with nine points to go with a career-best six rebounds. Gibson, who put up her game-high numbers in just 18 minutes of action, was one of four Lady Lions in double figures, as Southeastern shot 49.2 percent (30-for-61) from the field. The Somerville, Tenn. native became the ninth player in school history to reach 1,200 career points. In addition to her top 10 ranking in scoring, Gibson is among the program’s all-time leaders in rebounding (657, 7th) and blocked shots (67, 7th). “We came out with great energy and were fortunate to be able to rest most of our starters tonight, as we have a stretch of five games in 10 days starting next Thursday,” Jones commented. “If we can play the type of defense going forward that we did in the first half, we have an opportunity to get hot at the right time.” “What has stood out about Aja in her senior year is her unwavering toughness,” Jones commented. “Earlier in her career, she would make a mistake, get flustered and not be able to put it behind her. Now, she has the attitude that allows her to play the next play and live in the moment. That evolution in her mental toughness is the key to her success and has been vital for our team.”center_img Southeastern Louisiana 76, New Orleans 59NEW ORLEANS, La. – Southeastern Louisiana senior forward Aja Gibson was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Lady Lions to a 76-59 Southland Conference victory over New Orleans in women’s basketball action Thursday evening at Lakefront Arena. UNO held tight for the first 15 minutes of the first half, as a jumper by junior forward Melissa Jensen cut the Lady Lion lead to 27-18 with 5:46 remaining. However, Southeastern dominated the remainder of the half, closing the period with 16-6 run to take a commanding 43-24 lead at the break. Gibson was joined in double figures by junior guard Symone Miller (15 points), sophomore forward Nanna Pool (11 points) and sophomore guard Erica Hernandez (10 points). Pool maintained her spot atop the league’s rebounding list, narrowly missing her 11th double-double of the season with a team-high nine rebounds. Southeastern (8-17, 7-6 Southland) completed the season sweep of UNO and moved into a tie for sixth in the league standings. The top eight teams will compete in next month’s Southland Tournament in Katy, Texas. UNO remained winless in 2013-14, falling to 0-25 overall and 0-14 in its first season as a league member. The Lady Lions limited UNO to 31.1 percent (23-for-74) from the field. Freshman guard Octavia Wilson led the Privateers with 13 points, while sophomore guard Danielle Davis added 10. Sophomore guard Yasmin Taylor pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for UNO, though Southeastern had a comfortable 49-38 rebounding advantage.last_img

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