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Lady Demons move up in Southland, defeat Southeastern La.
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Northwestern State guard Keisha Lee scored 21 points in the Lady Demons’ 73-58 win over Southeastern Louisiana. Photo by Gary Hardamon/Northwestern State.
Northwestern State guard Keisha Lee scored 21 points in the Lady Demons’ 73-58 win over Southeastern Louisiana. Photo by Gary Hardamon/Northwestern State.
A complete, team win that included a stout defense in the first half and 24 assists for the game led the Northwestern State women's basketball team to a 73-58 win at Southeastern Louisiana in Southland Conference action at the University Center.

NSU (15-12, 8-7 SLC), that led by as many as 25 points in the game, held the Lady Lions to 21 percent (5-24) from the field in the first half alone and had 24 assists on 29 scores in the game. The Lady Lions fell to 8-18 on the season and 7-7 in conference play. The Lady Demons climbed into a tie for sixth place with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the league standings.

"It was very nice to see our guards come out and move the ball the way they did, and I thought our post players were very good at making the extra pass too," said co-head coach Scott Stoehr. "That is something that we have emphasized in practice.

Keisha Lee scored 21 and Janelle Perez had 17 points in the game. The two combined to go 14-for-25 from the field and 10-of-18 from 3-point range. Trudy Armstead had 15 points and led the Lady Demons with seven rebounds.

"In particular, I thought Keisha Lee did a good job. We've been on her over the last couple of weeks, and I thought she responded well tonight by taking good shots," said Stoehr.

"One of the things we emphasize with our players is turning down a good shot to get a great shot," he said. "Our numbers really backed that up tonight."

Kourtney Pennywell led the way with six assists followed by Perez who had five. Chelsea Rogers, Emily Spector, and Armstead all had three.

"The thing that stands out about Pennywell's line is that she had six assists and only two turnovers. That shows how well we moved the ball inside-out," said Stoehr. "She is an excellent passer and that is something that we've really come to appreciate about her. The fact that she has a positive assist-to-turnover ratio a post player shows that."

With the 24 assists, NSU only had 10 turnovers in the game. The Lady Demons forced SLU into 16 miscues and scored 18 points off of them.

As a team, Northwestern State shot 47 percent from the field (29-62) and 44 percent (11-25) from the 3-point line. The Lady Demons only made it to the free throw line six times and made four of their six tries. Southeastern was 15-for-21 at the charity stripe. The Lady Lions finished the game at 37 percent from the field (19-52) and 31 percent from 3-point range (5-16).

Pennywell had seven points in the game and Presley Owens had four. Beatrice Attura had three and Robin Richardson, Meredith Graf, and Emily Spector had two points. Rogers, who played with an illness on Thursday, played for 23 minutes and had three assists and no turnovers.

"She (Rogers) is one of our glue players as far as our toughness and communication," said Stoehr. "She's not going to go down without a fight. She is as tough as they come and did not feel well, but she gave us what she had. That's Chelsea."

The Lady Demons will play their final road game of the regular season today at 4 p.m. against New Orleans.
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