Lady Pilots Upset Bid Over UL-Lafayette Falls Just Short
November 04, 2008
Lafayette, La. - The LSUS Lady Pilots fell just short of making school history with their first-ever win over an NCAA Division 1 opponent, as Louisiana-Lafayette rallied for a 53-52 exhibition victory on Tuesday night.
LSUS led by five points with 3:47 remaining in the contest, but they were held scoreless for rest of the contest. Three Lady Pilot turnovers on consecutive possessions led to a late 6-0 Ragin' Cajun run, and the Lady Pilots missed on two opportunities in the final minute to take the lead, as the home team held on for the victory.
Junior college transfer Valerie Huizar had a successful debut in a Lady Pilots uniform with a game-high 24 points, including six made three-point baskets. Huizar was the lone Lady Pilot in double figures, as Tish Flowers finished the game with eight points and seven rebounds and Jamien Arvie scored seven points.
The Lady Pilots out-rebounded (46-36) and out-played the Ragin' Cajuns in almost every facet of the game, but the late turnovers and poor free-throw shooting were eventually the difference in the game. LSUS committed 18 turnovers in the contest and shot just 3-for-11 from the charity stripe.
LSUS will open up the regular season at home Thursday night versus Paul Quinn College. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.