Lady Pilots fall 80-65 versus Lady Tigers
November 23, 2005
Marshall, TX---The LSUS Lady Pilots dropped to 4-2 on the season after suffering an 80-65 loss at the hands of the East Texas Baptist University Lady Tigers Tuesday night The Lady Tigers improve to 2-0 on the season for the first time since the 1999-2000 season with the win in their home opener at Ornelas Gymnasium.
ETBU jumped out to a 43-33 lead at the conclusion of the first half, which saw the Lady Tigers, connect on 16-of-34 (47.1%) from the floor including 4-of-11 from beyond the three-point line and 7-of-11 from the free-throw line.
The Lady Pilots struggled to connect from the field shooting just 31.5% (11-of-35) in the first half. “We just didn’t finish. We had some good looks under the basket but couldn’t make them count,” commented Lady Pilot Head Coach Ronnie Howell.
LSUS managed to cut the one time 18 point Lady Tiger lead to seven points with just under 3:00 remaining in the contest and forced an ETBU turnover leading to a fast break opportunity. The Lady Pilots could not connect on the 2-on-1 break and saw the Lady Tigers respond with a three-point field goal Karra Porter to put ETBU up 10 points and out of reach.
The Lady Pilots shooting woes continued throughout the second half as they connected on just 12-of-38 (31.6%) from the field including 0-of-8 from beyond the arc, which proved to be the deciding factor in Tuesday night’s contest.
“When you play a team like ETBU you need to capitalize on your scoring chances. We didn’t do that tonight and that was the difference,” concluded Howell.
Marcia Spyhalski led the all scorers with a season high 18 points and eight rebounds while Lady Pilots leading scorer Jessica Kelly pitched in with 12 points and seven rebounds. Renalda Stafford collected 10 points despite shooting just 2-12 from the field but also added a game high four steals and three assists.
Six Lady Tigers contributed with double figures which included Sade’ Stewart with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Candy Valle and Tiffany Jefferson each added 12 points and six rebounds apiece. Marzetta Shepard and Mary Slaughter each collected 11 points and combined for 13 rebounds while Porter rounded off the ETBU scoring attack with 10 points.
For complete stats, please visit: http://www2.etbu.edu/content/sports/wbasketball/vslsus-w.htm#GAME.BOX (http://www2.etbu.edu/content/sports/wbasketball/vslsus-w.htm#GAME.BOX)