Lady Pilots Sink Southern University of New Orleans 65-64
January 17, 2004The LSUS Lady Pilots played host to Southern University of New Orleans Knights (SUNO) Saturday at LSUS Gymnasium. Head coach Ronnie Howell was looking for his first Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) win of the year, and was pleased with the results from the first half.
The Lady Pilots managed to respond to some streaky shooting by Pamela Wilson of the Knights who was good on her first three attempts from beyond the 3-point line. Wilson finished with 11 points in the half. Kendera Monette made the most of her 19 minutes played in the first half, leading the Lady Pilots with 10 points and 6 rebounds. LSUS went on a 7 point run to end the half and went to the locker room with a 35-34 lead.
The second half began with the Knights going on a 19-7 run, pushing the score to 53-42 in favor of SUNO with 11:34 remaining. LSUS once again weathered the storm, battling on offense and found themselves only down 61-56 with 3:10 left to play with possession of the ball. A time-out call by Coach Howell after a Lady Pilot made basket with 42.9 seconds remaining, had the LSUS gymnasium erupt, as their Lady Pilots trailed 61-60.
During the next SUNO possession, LSUS created a turn-over which resulted in 2 points in the next trip down the floor and the Lady Pilots first lead in the game. For the second straight possession, a forced turnover by India Coleman of the Lady Pilots turned into two free throw attempts by Renalda Stafford 22.6 remaining, when she made both attempts and built the lead to 3 points. Pamela Wilson however managed to get an open look and made her 5th 3-pointer of the game to tie the score at 64-64 with :10 seconds remaining. The Lady pilots then hurried the ball down the floor and were fouled with one second left, sending Kendera Monette to the line shooting two free throws. Monette made the first and missed the second which did not leave SUNO enough time to get a shot off, and the LSUS Lady Pilots won their first GCAC contest of the year versus the 24th ranked Knights.
Monette finished the games as the high scorer for the Lady Pilots with 15 points and 9 rebounds. India Coleman pitched in with her season high of 15 points to go along with 3 steals and 2 assists. Pamela Wilson was the games high scorer with 19 for the Knights.
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