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Lady Demons fall to Southeastern late, 79-70
Feb 14, 2012 | 520 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Meredith Graf shoots the 3-pointer in Saturday’s game against Southeastern. She had 8 points.
				      Photo by Gary Hardemon
Meredith Graf shoots the 3-pointer in Saturday’s game against Southeastern. She had 8 points. Photo by Gary Hardemon
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NATCHITOCHES – A 38-22 run in the final 14:18 of the second half helped lift Southeastern Louisiana to a 79-70 Southland Conference women’s basketball victory over Northwestern State here Saturday afternoon, and hampering the Lady Demons’ postseason chances.

The loss was the seventh straight for NSU as it fell to 5-19 overall and 1-10 in league play. SLU completed the season sweep over the Lady Demons and improved to 9-14 on the season and 4-6 in the conference.

The Lady Demons appeared to be on their way to snapping their current slump with a 48-41 lead after a 3-point basket by Ronikka Drake with 14:18 to play. But SLU strung together 13 straight points to grab its first lead of the game since the 18:55 mark of the first half and led 54-48 with 9:45 to play.

Jordi James, who scored a career-high 32 points pulled NSU to within two at 57-55 with 7:03 to go but the Lady Lions knocked down three consecutive buckets, including back-to-back 3-pointers to go up 65-55 with 4:49 to go.

From there, it was a free throw shootout as SLU sank eight down the stretch while NSU missed on three straight front end of 1-and-1 opportunities that would’ve cut into the lead. Joining James in double figures were two double-double efforts by Jasmine Upchurch (13 points and 13 rebounds) and Trudy Armstead (13 points and 12 rebounds).

NSU sank just 40 percent from the field (28 of 70) after starting the game with 54 percent shooting in the first nine minutes to help build several eight point leads. The Lady Demons scored the last four points of the first half to take a 36-30 lead at the break.

SLU had four players score in double-digits and was led by Brandi Simmons with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Kelli Jenkins added 13, Latoria Holder 12 and Elizabeth Styles 10.

SLU hit 41.1 percent from the field (30 for 73) but was 17 of 38 for 45 percent in the second half after a dismal 37 percent shooting in the first half.

The Lady Demons will take a break until next Saturday when they host McNeese State at noon in Prather Coliseum.

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