The game is the first of two Play 4Kay, formerly Pink Zone, games for the Lady Demons and the day is also the Lady Demon reunion where two former greats – Joskeen Garner and Angela Simpson – will be inducted into the Graduate N Club Hall of Fame in a postgame ceremony.
The Lady Demons (5-18, 1-9 SLC) have dropped their last six games and nine out of 10 and is coming off an 82-61 loss to Lamar on Wednesday in their last outing. Southeastern Louisiana (8-14, 3-6) has won three of four including a 73-66 win over the Lady Demons in Hammond on Jan. 28. The Lady Lions defeated Texas-San Antonio 64-63 on Wednesday.
“We’re going to keep fighting and play hard,” said head coach Jennifer Graf. “We’re taking them one game at a time. I can promise you we’ll go into the Southeastern game completely focused.”
Jordi James continues to top the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game followed by Trudy Armstead at 13.0 ppg and Jasmine Upchurch with a 12.0 average.
Armstead leads the team in rebounding (8.9) followed by Upchurch (8.3).
SLU is led in scoring by sophomore forward Aja Gibson’s 12 points a game. Gibson was the driving force in her team’s win over the Lady Demons two weeks ago when she scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Play 4Kay is a nationwide event held every year in February by women’s basketball teams in an effort to help raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research.
The Lady Demon program is doing its part by selling t-shirts, pens, bracelets, and a silent auction. All money raised will be divided and donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the American Cancer Society.
Following the game on Saturday, Garner and Simpson will take their well deserved place in the Graduate N Club Hall of Fame.
They will also be featured during halftime recognition of former players, coaches and team personnel. Garner was a first-team Parade All-America star at Florien High School while Simpson was a two-time All-State standout from Shreveport-Huntington.
They rank 2-3 in school history in scoring with a combined total of 3,945 points. Playing for Smith, head coach for 17 seasons, they helped Northwestern State to three 20-win seasons, the 1995 Southland Conference championship, and WNIT appearances in 1993 and 1995, with a runner-up finish in 1995 featuring wins over Notre Dame and Clemson.
Membership in the Graduate N Club Hall of Fame, the athletic letterwinners’ association at Northwestern, is the highest athletic honor conferred to former student-athletes by the university.