Lady Pilots dominate ETBU
November 26, 2012
MARSHALL, Tex. - The no. 19 LSU Shreveport Lady Pilots basketball team did not exactly light up the scoreboard on Monday night in Ornelas Gym but it was enough for them to ease past the East Texas Baptist University Lady Tigers 66-47.
LSUS (4-1) grew their lead to as much as 25 points late in the contest placing three of its scorers in double figures with Jenna Diakos and Sharde Henry leading all scorers with 18 points apiece. Henry also pulled down 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season after nearly missing the feat a couple of times already. Her 18-point performance notches her fifth straight game in double figures, one less than her season high when she scored 19 in the season opener. Long-ball shooter Christy Willis added a dozen points of her own on a night when the Lady Pilots shot just 38-percent from the field.
Diakos reaches double figures for the fourth consecutive game after failing to put double-digit points on the board in the season opener a few weeks ago as Willis knocks down double figures for the fourth time this season as well.
ETBU (2-1) could not get in a groove against the LSUS defense as they sent 15 players in throughout the game and failed to manage a single scorer in double figures with Paigen Gilford tossing in nine points off the bench as she made two of the three three-pointers made by the Lady Tigers in the first half and starter Jaimi Kadlecek had eight points.
The Lady Pilots trimmed their turnovers down, to 16 tonight, from the previous four games when they averaged 19. With both teams shooting less than 36-percent in the first half the Lady Pilots managed an eight-point lead at the break 30-22 and pulled away to as much as 25 points late in the second half as the shot started to fall with the visitors hitting 40-percent from floor in the second half.
LSUS struggled from downtown making only 19-percent (4-21) while the home team made 10-percent (3-29). The Lady Pilots controlled the boards cleaning the glass 59 times and only surrendered 39 boards to ETBU. LSUS had at least one rebound from each of the 10 players that played tonight.
For the next contest the Lady Pilots will test the waters in the Red River Athletic Conference and set sail for a meeting with Texas College on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Tyler, Texas. LSUS was picked by the RRAC coaches to finish second this year in the RRAC Coaches' Preseaon Poll.