A strong conclusion to the first half provided the cushion Northwestern State needed to complete an in-season home-and-home sweep of New Orleans with a 63-50 victory on Saturday afternoon at Prather Coliseum.
UNO (3-21) led 13-10 with 12:17 remaining in the opening half before a 24-8 run by NSU (11-15).
The spurt by the hosts gave the Lady Demons a 34-21 advantage with 2:28 remaining before the intermission. NSU carried a 37-27 lead into the half.
Keri Thomas was 5 of 7 for the Lady Privateers to begin the game and accounted for 11 of UNO's first 21 points. Thomas finished with 26 points for the contest and shot 10 of 18 over 36 minutes.
Keisha Lee and Janelle Perez each scored 14 and Jasmine Upchurch added to 12 points to push the NSU’s overall record to 11-15 on the season.
NSU shot 51.7 percent from the field in the second half and when Janelle Perez scored at the 18:23 mark it put the hosts' advantage in double-figures, where it would remain through the end of the game.
“We felt like we like we got some really good looks at the basket. I felt like we missed a number of easy shots, so our numbers could’ve been better,” said co-head coach Brooke Stoehr. “But that the way it goes sometimes”
Keri Thomas scored 26 points and Mirjam Sipos added 16 in the Lady Privateers’ (3-21) effort.
Mirjam Sipos joined Thomas in double-figures for UNO, scoring 16 points. The 16-point effort was the most for the guard since she poured in 19 against Murray State on Feb. 6.
Jasmine Bradley came up big for Northwestern State grabbing eight offensive boards which helped lead to 15 second-chance points for NSU. She finished the game with 12 boards.
“We talk about controlling what you can control, and that’s energy, effort, and intensity. I thought her (Bradley) energy level was great,” said Stoehr. “She didn’t have a great shooting day today, but she had 12 boards and eight on the offensive end. That just tells me that she was into the game and wanted her team to be successful.”
NSU jumped out to a 5-0 lead within the first two minutes, but UNO worked back and took their largest lead of the game (3) at the 12:17 mark in the first half. NSU grabbed the lead for the rest of the game when Perez hit a jumper to make the score 17-15 at 10:33.
Markeshia Johnson came off the bench and added eight points. Arianne Ausmer contributed 10 boards including four offensive rebounds.
The Lady Demons as a team shot 40 percent from the field and had 37 total rebounds, 17 assists, and seven steals.
UNO had 28 team rebounds with nine assists and 18 turnovers.
UNO and NSU will play regularly beginning in 2013-14 as members of the Southland Conference. According to an initial league schedule, the Lady Demons and their male counterparts are slated to visit Lakefront Arena during the 2013-14 season.
NSU will return to the court Saturday when they play Stephen F. Austin at 4 o’clock in Nacogdoches. The Lady Demons need one conference win to claim a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament.