HAMMOND — Jontrell Walker scored 19 points and Mitchell Badillo added 15 as Incarnate Word held off Southeastern Louisiana 75-71 for a Southland Conference win Saturday.

Walker was 7 of 10 from the floor and made three 3-pointers. Badillo made 6 of 8 field goals and dished out five assists for Incarnate Word (8-7, 3-1) which has won three straight for the first time this season. Derail Green and Kyle Hittle added 12 apiece for the Cardinals.

Trailing 43-42 early in the second half, Hittle made a layup and Walker followed with a 3-pointer to start a 20-8 run to give Incarnate Word a 62-51 lead at the 8:50 mark.

“That’s a tough one,” SLU coach Jay Ladner said. “We needed a win in the worst way. We fell a little bit short.”

Zay Jackson, who finished with 23, had six points in the final 3:25 as Southeastern Louisiana (2-15, 0-4) closed to 73-71 with 1:19 left. Walker and Hittle made the needed free throws down the stretch to seal it.


TULANE 71, TULSA 47, In Tulsa, 11 of 12 Tulane players scored, led by the trio of Tierra Jones, Leslie Vorpahl and Taylor Emery, to spark a rout of Tulsa at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

Tulane also got 27 points from its bench.

Jones led Tulane with a season-high tying 13 points, 12 of which came in the first half, and a team-leading eight rebounds.

Vorpahl finished with 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting, with a team-leading five assists. Emery collected her seventh double-digit scoring performance on the year with 10 points and a season-best five steals.

Tulane (13-5, 4-2 American) matched a season high with 23 forced turnovers, resulting in a season-high 30 points off turnovers.

HOUSTON BAPTIST 71, UNO 51: In New Orleans, Amanda Johnson scored a career-high 19 points and Rachel Arthur added 20 points and four steals to power Houston Baptist. Anna Strickland had 12 points and 15 rebounds while also adding four blocks.

Houston Baptist (8-8, 3-3 SLC) broke open a close game with a 15-0 run that began in the final minute of the third quarter.

Halie Matthews led the Privateers (5-9, 2-3) with 12 points.

UIW 70, SOUTHEASTERN 66: In Hammond, Brianna Williams scored the winning points with 31 seconds remaining to lift Incarnate Word (4-11, 1-3).

Nanna Pool finished with a team-high 19 points to lead SLU (3-13, 2-3).