Lady Pilots beat Lady Bulldogs 76-71
February 17, 2005
Shreveport, LA---The LSUS Lady Pilots played host to the Tougaloo College Lady Bulldogs Thursday night at the Dock. The Lady Pilots controlled the first half and built a 34-21 lead heading to the locker room at the break. Lady Bulldogs connected on 23-26 free throw attempts in the second half which made for an exciting finish, but the Lady Pilots hung on to win by a final score of 76-71.
A Dyamond Hogg three-pointer at the 5:50 mark in the first half gave the Lady pilots a 20-16 lead. After a Bulldog timeout, the Lady Pilots put together a 14-5 run which was capped off by a Saige Cooper three point basket with 0:40 remaining, sending the Lady Pilots to the locker room ahead 34-21.
The Lady Pilot defense held the Bulldogs to only 25% (7-28) shooting from the field and out rebounded the Bulldogs 22-15. Cooper finished the half with 9 points on 3-7 shooting, while teammate Marcia Sphyhalski was 3-3 from the field, collecting 8 points and a team high 5 rebounds. LSUS was 12-27 (44%) from the field which included 3-9 from beyond the three point line, and connected on 7-9 free throw attempts.
The Bulldogs Shawana Coleman collected 9 points on 4-7 shooting. Teammate Barbara Dixon added 7 points, 2 blocked shots, and 1 steal.
The Bulldogs started the second half on a 5-2 run cutting the score to 36-26 at the 16:40 mark. Half way through the second, the Lady Bulldogs pulled within 7 after a Coleman basket. The Lady Bulldogs rebounded a Dyamond Hogg three point attempt and called a timeout, trailing 46-39 with 10:09 remaining.
A Victoria Washinigton three point basket cut with 4:25 remaining cut the Lady Pilot lead to 59-57. On the ensuing possession, Hogg drove the lane drwing two Bulldog defenders and passed off to a wide open Cooper who drained a three point basket, making the score 62-57 with 4:17 remaining.
Kendera Monette went to the free throw line with 1:49 remaining and made both attempts to put LSUS up 68-61. Washington drained her second three point attempt at 1:36 and immediately called a timeout, trailing 68-64.
After the Lady Bulldog timeout, Stafford went coast-to-coast for a lay-up and was fouled. Stafford connected on her free throw attempt to put the Lady Pilots up 71-64, and out of reach of the Lady Bulldogs. LSUS went on to win by a final score of 76-71.
Coleman led all scorers with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs. Barbara Dixon chipped in with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Washington and Hall each finished with 11 points.
The Lady Pilots had 5 scorers reach double digits in their 10th victory of the year; Cooper finished with 16 points; Stafford 15 points and 8 assists; Kendera Monette 11 points and 12 rebounds; Dyamond Hogg 11 points; and Marcia Sphyhalski 10 points and 5 rebounds.
The Lady Pilots are now 10-18 on the year, and are currently 4-11 in GCAC action. The Lady Pilots will return home Saturday, February 26 to take on the William Carey College Lady Saders in their last home game of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00pm.
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