The LSU Eunice women’s basketball team ran out to a fast start for the second consecutive day on Sunday, having no problem against visiting Fort Scott Community College as the Lady Bengals grabbed a 78-42 victory.
LSU Eunice improves to 15-1 with the win, keyed by the fast start that saw sophomore Meghan Cross account for 15 of the team’s first 17 points as she finished with a game-high 27 points.
“We played really well as a team. We had a lot of players make good passes. Everyone also ran the floor well, played good defense and got rebounds to we could get out running again,” Cross said.
“Meghan did a really good job of finding her spot in the high post and taking those opportunities,” head coach Yolanda Moore said.
“We got contributions from everyone tonight. That’s what we want going into conference play,” Moore added.
The Lady Bengal bench pitched in for a good portion of the offense for the second consecutive night, collecting 29 points a day after scoring 41 points.
“Everyone has to be ready. We never know when they’ll have to step up in a big game for us, but they are ready and their confidence is there,” Moore added about her team’s bench production.
Overall, the Lady Bengals saw 10 different players score in the victory, finishing the afternoon shooting 45 percent (29-for-64) from the floor. They shot free throws at a 52 percent (15-29) clip and added a lone three-point basket (1-8. 13 percent) as well.
In the first half, the Lady Bengals knocked down 50 percent of their shots as they jumped out to a big lead helped for the second straight night by their pressure defense. LSU Eunice took a 28 point lead into halftime, growing the lead to as high as 38 before the final margin of victory.
Cross tallied 21 of her 27 points in the opening stanza, adding four rebounds, a pair of steals and an assist to her statline. Fellow sophomore Brooke Richard notched 10 points of her own while grabbing five rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Freshman Taylor Holzmeier contributed nine points off the bench for the Lady Bengals, adding a game-high 10 rebounds and a block as well. She also finished with four steals. Fellow freshman Meghan Knight tallied eight points (4 rebounds, 2 steals) of her own, while Ashlyn Wiemann notched six points to go along with her eight rebounds.
Sophomores Reagan Maricle and Baylie Lee each finished with five points, as Maricle filled her statline with seven steams, five assists and four rebounds. Lee added a pair of rebounds, a block and a steal.
Kelsey Thibodeaux notched four points off the bench, adding seven rebounds, a steal and an assist. Sophomore Taylor Maricle and freshman McKayla Willie each added two points, with Maricle passing out a game-high 12 assists along with seven steals and four rebounds.
The Lady Bengals are back in action on Friday and Saturday when they welcome Patrick Henry Community College to town. Friday’s tipoff is set for 6 p.m., while Saturday’s game is a 2 p.m. start time.
Both games are available on Bengal All-Access.