Steenholdt had the game-lead in both points (22) and rebounds (11). She led the way in for the Huskies (5-10, 1-3) in outrebounding the Lady Demons (9-7. 2-2) 41-27.
HBU had 11 offensive boards to 17 defensive boards from NSU on 28 missed shots from the Huskies.
“From a toughness standpoint, I don’t think we competed the way we needed to win on the road today,” said second-year co-head coach Brooke Stoehr.
“It’s another step in the process of growth. We have a little success on Thursday (defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) and we had to turn the page quickly to play on Saturday, and I felt like we didn’t do that today.”
NSU shot 33 percent from the field today and 35 percent from behind the 3-point line. HBU was 43 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc.
The Huskies shot 92 percent (23-25) from the free throw, an uncharacteristic 30 percentage points higher than their season average. NSU was 65 percent (13-20) from the charity stripe.
“I keep saying, if you don’t make free throws you won’t win on the road,” said Stoehr. “We gave ourselves a chance if we could have knocked down free throws and were a little bit tougher, and we just weren’t today.
“We told our kids you can’t look at their record. This is a team that is hungry for a win. They were in both games at Conway (Central Arkansas) and at Oral Roberts, which are both difficult places to play.”
NSU had three players in double-figures led by 17 points from Keisha Lee. Janelle Perez followed with 13 and Trudy Armstead had 10.
Kourtney Pennywell had the team-high 9 rebounds.
The Lady Demons and Huskies went back-and-fourth to start the game before NSU took over with a 10-3 run to give it a six point lead with 7:20 to play in the first half.
HBU finished the half on a 15-5 run to take the lead back at the break, 28-24. NSU never saw the lead again.
“They’ve had a difficult schedule so far. We told our players they were right on the cusp of getting a win, and we didn’t do enough on the road to stop them from that, said Stoehr. “We cut it to two late in the game, and then gave up something easy, and that’s because we weren’t tough enough to get a stop when we needed it. “
Northwestern State cut it to two with 5:29 to play, but a foul, two made free throws, a NSU turnover, and made layup put the lead at six with 4:36 to go. HBU finished the game on an 11—6 run, mostly made of late-game free throws.
Northwestern State will return to the floor on Thursday when they host Stephen F. Austin at 5:30 in Prather Coliseum.