Brown and Angelo lead four Privateers in double figures
New Orleans, La.- Led by a quartet of players in double figures, the University of New Orleans women’s basketball team outscored McNeese State by 11 points in the final quarter for a come-from-behind win at Lakefront Arena Thursday night, 92-85.
New Orleans (13-11, 8-6) ran its home record this season to 9-3, the most wins at home since a 12-1 record at Lakefront Arena during the 2001-2002 season. McNeese State fell to 11-13 overall and 6-7 in Southland Conference play.
“I told the girls if we don’t play great defense than we are going to have to score 90…and we did,” said head coach Keeshawn Davenport. “I don’t care what anybody says, we did not play great defense tonight.”
McNeese held a 26-22 lead at the end of the first quarter extend it to eight points in the second period at 43-35 but a Randi Brown (Human Performance) 3-pointer cut the lead to five and that’s the way the half ended with the Cowgirls up 43-38.
Despite falling behind by 11 early in the third, the Privateers staged a comeback, outscoring the Cowgirls 19-6 over a six-minute stretch thanks to 6 points by Shania Woods (Accounting), 5 by Randi Brown and 4 by Jewel Angelo (Interdisciplinary Studies), who’s layup at the 1:41 mark drew UNO to within 2 at 60-58. The third quarter ended 64-60 McNeese State.
New Orleans took its first lead of the second half at 67-66 thanks to a Jewel Angelo bucket with 8:26 to go. The senior had a season-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. It was part of a 7-0 run capped by a Danielle Wright (Biological Sciences) basket to give New Orleans the lead for good, 69-66.
“I can’t say enough about Jewel. She looks like a senior who knows she only has a couple of games left at Lakefront Arena. It was not just the 23 points but they came at crucial times,” said Davenport.
UNO outscored McNeese State in the final stanza, 32-21. Randi Brown led all scorers with 24 points along with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and three steals. Sophomore Danielle Wright had her third double figure outing of the season off the bench with 14 points, 4 rebounds and a team-high 6 steals.
“She was a difference maker. Danielle gave us a great energy boost at the point guard position especially on the defensive end.”
New Orleans got outstanding post play from Shania Woods and Raven Coleman. Woods had her best overall performance of the season with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 steals. Coleman chipped in with 6 points, 10 rebounds and a team-high 5 blocks.
“Welcome back post players,” said Davenport. “I’m super proud of the way Raven and Shania got on the boards. I thought we would have to go four guards but we didn’t because of the way they played tonight.”
New Orleans holds on to fifth place in Southland Conference standings and has an all-important tie-breaker with McNeese having swept the season series with wins in New Orleans and Lake Charles.
“It is so good to go into the bye week with a win and not have to wait through the open date to redeem ourselves,” said a relieved Davenport
Up next for the Privateers, a home date versus Stephen F. Austin, Thursday, Feb. 23 at Lakefront Arena. Tipoff is 5:30 p. m. It’s the first game of a doubleheader as the UNO men will face Stephen F. Austin at 7:45 p. m. For tickets to those games and other Privateer Athletics events, contact the UNO Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 280-GAME (4263) or via the Internet by clicking HERE.