HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana senior Symone Miller poured in a game-high 27 points to lead three Lady Lions in double figures, and first-year coach Yolanda Moore earned her first victory 79-76 over Southern on Tuesday night at the University Center.
Southeastern (1-1) led by 12 at halftime and by as many as 18 early in the second half, but Southern (1-1) roared back behind 58-percent shooting in the final 20 minutes. The Jaguars pulled ahead by as many as five points, but Miller and senior Elizabeth Styles came up big down the stretch.
“We could’ve hung our heads after they made the big comeback,” Moore said. “We kept fighting and I’m very proud of our players’ efforts in finding a way to win tonight.”
With 6:34 remaining in, junior guard Britney Washington gave Southern a 65-60 lead with a jumper off a feed from senior guard Quitesha Scott. After Southeastern answered with a 6-0 run to go ahead, the lead change six times over the next 2½ minutes.
Southern tied the game for the final time on a free throw by freshman guard Micah Garvin, knotting the score at 73 with 2:07 remaining. After the teams traded empty possessions, Styles drew a foul and sank both free throws to give SLU a 75-73 lead with 1:19 remaining.
Styles (6-for-6), Miller (6-for-6) and junior guard Erica Hernandez (4-for-4) were all flawless from the free-throw line as the Lady Lions hit 96 percent (21-for-22).
Sophomore Dani Fielder corralled the rebound on a Southern miss on the ensuing possession to give Southeastern a chance to add to its lead.
Styles milked the shot clock down and hit a tough floater from just outside the paint to give the Lions a four-point lead with 32 seconds remaining.