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Lady Demons power past Prairie View A&M
Dec 01, 2011 | 734 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Northwestern State withstood a sloppy second half to hold off Prairie View A&M 79-69 in women’s college basketball action on Tuesday night.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak suffered by NSU (2-4) as Prairie View (1-5) dropped its fifth consecutive game.

Five Lady Demons scored in double-figures with Jordi James leading the way with 15 points. Jasmine Upchurch added 14, Meredith Graf 11, and Ronikka Drake and Ebony Ford each contributed with 10 points each.

“The first half, that was the best we’ve played this season by all means,” said head coach Jennifer Graf. “We moved the ball well and got some good shots. They changed things up in the second half and we turned it over too many times.

NSU led 51-27 at the break after bolting out to an early 12-2 lead. But after turning the ball over just nine times in the first half, the Lady Demons turned the ball over 23 times in the second half for a total of 32 times in the game.

“I’m proud of our kids for rising up to the occasion and getting the baskets when we needed them,” said Graf. “We played extremely hard but we need to do a better job of working the pressure.”

NSU hit a season-high of 54 percent from the field after knocking down 26 of 48, including a whopping 59 percent (17 of 29) in the first half. The Lady Demons also out rebounded the Panthers by a 43-28 margin. It’s the fourth time this season NSU has topped the 40-rebound mark.

Prairie View was led in scoring by Latia Williams’ 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Panthers hit just 33 percent from the field for the game.

“No question this team needed a win for the moral. I was extremely proud of the effort and getting refocused after our last game.

NSU will be back in action on Monday when it travels to face SMU.

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