Women’s Basketball: Generals struggle to find range against Dillard

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New Orleans, LA – LSUA’s offense couldn’t get hot, hitting only 30% from the field while Dillard couldn’t miss as the Lady Bleu Devils pulled away early to complete the season sweep of the Generals, 98-59 on Saturday afternoon at The Battlefield at Dent Hall.

Dillard led the whole contest, scoring the game’s first five points before the Generals responded. But the Lady Bleu Devils used the three point arc to their advantage, hitting five long balls in the period to help the lead balloon to 20 on Makeedah Collins’ shot with less than four minutes remaining in the first. Dillard led 39-11 after the first quarter.

The lead continued to go throughout the second quarter as Daizah Norris scored to give Dillard a 52-21 lead with just more than three minutes left before the break. The Lady Bleu Devils led 56-24 at halftime.

Katie Lemieux scored the first basket of the second half, but from there Dillard pulled away further, scoring the next 13 points to take a 69-26 lead four minutes into the third quarter. Alexia McDonald’s bucket with less than three minutes to go in the quarter gave the Lady Bleu Devils their largest lead of the contest at 79-29. LSUA scored 11 of the last 20 points in the quarter but trailed 88-40 after three.

LSUA started the fourth quarter strong, scoring the period’s first seven points. The Generals would get as close as 38 points on a Katie Lemieux three pointer with seconds remaining in the contest.

The Generals (1-2) got another double-double from Katie Lemieux, her second in three regular games for LSUA. She finished with 11 points and ten rebounds along with three assists. Bianca Harvey had a team high 13 points, while Jonika Walton was one point away from a double-double of her own with nine points and 12 rebounds. LSUA shot 30% overall, including 11.8% from above the arc. Dillard (7-3) shot 58.3% as a team and 53.8% from long deep.

LSUA enters conference play this Thursday on the road in Oklahoma against Langston, who received votes in the NAIA preseason poll. Tip off against the Lions is set for 5:30 at C.F. Gayles Fieldhouse.

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