Lady Pilots suffer first loss of season
November 19, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Turnovers and the clock eventually wore down the LSU Shreveport Lady Pilots on Monday night at the Convocation Center falling to Xavier University 46-45. Sharde Henry missed a three-pointer at the buzzer but time expired before Jenna Diakos could put it back for the win.
Sharde Henry for the Lady Pilots led all scorers with 15 points but 12 of those were scored in the first half as the Xavier defense held her to just three points in the second half. Henry almost had the last laugh as her attempted game-winning shot did not fall.
Jenna Diakos tossed in 13 points with seven rebounds. Diakos picked up the rebound on Henry's missed game-winning shot but the buzzer sounded before she could toss it in for the win. Victoria Smith turned in a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
For the first time this year the Lady Pilots were not able to score enough points to overcome the turnovers. LSUS committed 24 turnovers but shot just 37-percent from the field. The charity stripe was not very kind to LSUS in the second half as they made just six of 11 and they did not shoot it well from downtown in the contest making only one of 10 attempts.
LSUS (3-1) trailed by as much as 11 midway through the first half but managed to rally their way back to trim the Xavier lead to just two at the half. LSUS turned the ball over a dozen times in the opening half but forced eight themselves to climb back in the game.
The Lady Pilots built a six-point lead in the second half with 6:44 to play but Xavier mad a push at the end. A dozen more turnovers doomed the Lady Pilots with a few costly at the end. XU (3-1) managed around their 14 turnovers but were out-rebounded by the Lady Pilots 42-38. The home team shot 30-percent from the floor.
The next game for the Lady Pilots will be on Monday, November 26, at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas, at 5:30 p.m.