Lady Pilots win 6th straight at home to improve to 10-4 on the year
January 16, 2006
Shreveport, LA---Jessica Kelly poured in a game high 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds leading the LSUS Lady Pilots to a 71-57 win over the Tougaloo College Lady Bulldogs Monday night at The Dock.
The Lady Pilots led by as many as 12 points in the first half before the Lady Bulldogs cut the lead to four after DaMiracle Biggs connected on a jumper from just inside the free-throw line at the 5:10 mark, making the score 29-25.
LSUS however ended the half on a 10-5 run which was highlighted by a Moche Roque three-pointer with 0:55 remaining and led 39-30 at the half.
The Lady Pilots success was mostly attributed to their execution from the free-throw line as they connected on 16-of-18 attempts in the half. Jessica Kelly led all scorers with nine points and added four assists and two steals.
Ashlee Johnson sparked the Lady pilot offense by collecting nine first half points which included 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Moche Roque rounded off the Lady Pilot scoring with eight points.
LSUS followed their recipe to success from the first half and continued to get to the free-throw line and capitalize on 7-of-7 attempts from the line. Despite shooting just 38% (22-of-58) from the field, the Lady Pilots outscored the Lady Bulldogs 32-27 in the second half and improved to 10-4 on the season, and moved into a tie for first place in the GCAC at 2-1.
“Our defensive effort was there once again tonight. We did not shoot all that well, but we made some big shots when we needed them and did an excellent job of getting to the line and capitalizing on our attempts,” concluded Lady Pilots Head Coach Ronnie Howell who has his team off to the best start in LSUS history.
Roque finished with 15 points and four assists for the Lady Pilots while Ashlee Johnson and Janai Sells each added nine points off the bench and combined for seven rebounds.
LSUS limited their turnovers and set a season low with just 13 while creating 17 by the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Pilots also won the battle of the boards by a final margin of 37-34.
Travalyn Smith led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points while teammate Marquetia Thomas added 11 points and a team high seven rebounds.