HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana freshman guard Elizabeth Styles finished with a career-high five of the Lady Lions’ 16 steals, as Southeastern turned 29 UT Arlington turnovers into 31 points on the way to a dominant 71-41 win in Southland Conference women’s basketball Saturday afternoon at the University Center.
The win – the most lopsided league victory for the Lady Lions in more than three years – coupled with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s 63-49 loss at Lamar gives Southeastern (10-15, 5-7) a game lead in the race for the final spot in next month’s Southland Conference tournament. UT Arlington fell to 5-19, 3-9.
Senior guard Latoria Holder led three Lady Lions in double figures with 15 points, as all 11 Lady Lions scored and Southeastern shot 48.2 percent (27-for-56) from the field. Styles scored 13 points and had five assists. Senior guard Kelli Jenkins added 10 points, and sophomore forward Aja Gibson had seven rebounds.
“Our defensive pressure was the key to today’s win,” Southeastern coach Lori Davis Jones said. “We were able to get a lot of offensive opportunities off of turnovers, which was good to see. Latoria set the tone for us early, and we’re very pleased with the continued progress of Elizabeth and the spark she gives us off the bench.”
Briana Walker and Malaika Green led UTA with eight points apiece.
NICHOLLS STATE 68, UTSA 62: In Thibodaux , Sumar Leslie and LiAnn McCarthy combined for 45 points as Nicholls State held off a late rally by UTSA.
to defeat the Roadrunners, 68-62, on Saturday afternoon at Stopher Gym.
Leslie paced the Colonels (14-11, 7-5 Sun Belt) with 29 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals. McCarthy had 16 points and six rebounds.
The 14 victories matches the program’s highest mark for a single season, which was set in the 1990-91 campaign.
UTSA (7-18, 3-9) was led by Kamra King with 21 points and Judy Jones added 14.
North Texas 78, ULL 40: In Denton, Texas, North Texas scored 31 straight points in a 13-minute stretch to turn back Louisiana-Lafayette.
Sara Stanley scored 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for North Texas (14-13, 7-7 Sun Belt).
Krystal Motley led the Cajuns (5-22, 0-15) with 15 points.
McNeese State 80, Northwestern State 62: In Natchitoches, Caitlyn Baggett scored 26 points, including 14-for-14 from the free-throw line, to pace McNeese State.
Her twin sister, Ashlyn Baggett, scored 19 points for the Cowgirls (19-7, 9-3 Southland). Kendra Wells added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Trudy Armstead scored 16 points to pace Northwestern State (5-20, 1-11). Jordi James added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Demons. Jasmine Upchurch scored 10 points.
Denver 57, ULM 53: In Denver, the Pioneers (18-11, 10-5) opened a 31-13 lead on the strength of a 16-0 run, then hold off a second-half comeback attempt by Lousisiana-Monroe.
Kaetlyn Murdoch had 20 points and five blocked shots to pace Denver (18-11, 10-5). Emiko Smith added 11 points and seven assists.
Marion Zollicoffer led ULM (9-18, 7-7) with 10 points and six rebounds. Larrie Williams added eight points and seven rebounds.
NEBRASKA-OMAHA 88, UNO 57: In New Orleans, Paige Frauendorfer scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds to lead Nebraka-Omaha.
Taijhe Kelly added 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Mavericks (15-11), who outrebounded UNO 58-27 and had a 26-1 advantage on second chances.
Keri Thomas led New Orleans (0-24) with 19 points. Mechel’le Thomas scored 12 points and and Mirjam Sipos added 10 points.
Auburn-Montgomery 63, Loyola 59: In Montgomery, Ala., Courtney Thacker scored 19 points to pace Auburn-Montgomery over NAIA No. 19 Loyola.
LaKenya Drayton added 11 points and 13 rebounds for AUM.
Keiva Council scored 23 points for Loyola (21-4, 12-4 Southern States Athletic Conference). Jasmine Brewer scored 13 points, Janeicia Nelly added 10, and Megen Berner had eight rebounds.
Louisiana College 108, Centenary 70: In Pineville, Roslyn Wilmer had 13 points, 11 rebounds and three assists and was among six Louisiana College players in double figures.
Skylar Chenevert and Natosha Gottlieb paced the Lady Cats (21-3) with 17 points apiece. Kaci Willis scored 14, and Shasidy Ludgood and Kala Chenier each added 10 points.
Vashni Sharp-Moore had 22 points and 11 rebounds to pace Centtenary.