Houston, TX – LSUA took a 23-point third quarter deficit and cut it all the way down to six in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get any closer as the Generals fell 79-65 to the St. Thomas Celts Thursday night at the Jerabeck Activity and Athletic Center.
Both teams started slow, but it was a 9-0 St. Thomas run that put the Celts up 10-3 on a Maghen Lormand bucket with just about five minutes to go in the first period. St. Thomas built the lead to ten points with less than a minute remaining on Lormand’s made free throw. Nicole Bouillion hit a three on LSUA’s ensuing possession to cut the deficit to 19-12 at the end of the period.
After a Jasmine Nash three cut the deficit to 24-20 with 5:30 to go in the quarter, the Celts scored the next seven to open the lead back up to double-figures at 31-20. Briana de los Santos’s basket with a minute remaining gave UST its largest lead of the period at 43-25. Kayla Morgan capped the scoring in the period with a pair of free throws to make it 43-27 at the break.
St. Thomas came out of the halftime locker room on fire with seven straight points to take the largest lead of the game at 50-27 on a pair of free throws by Taylor Forrest. But from there, the LSUA comeback was on, starting with a lay-up by Katie Lemieux on the ensuing possession. The run ended the third quarter with the Generals scoring 19 of the period’s final 25 points, and when Kayla Morgan split a pair at the free throw line, the Generals had cut the deficit to 56-46 at the horn.
The Celts pushed the lead back up to 14 right out of the break to start the fourth quarter, but LSUA made its final push, going on a 10-2 run as Jonika Walton’s lay-up with just about 6:00 left pulled the Generals to within 62-56, the closest the game had been since the first quarter. However, UST pulled away again, scoring five straight to open the lead back to double-digits at 67-56 on Sheridan Hopkins’s made three pointer with just more than 5:00 left in the game. After LSUA got a free throw and bucket to get back within eight, St. Thomas iced the game with an 11-2 run that Taylor Forrest capped with a pair of free throws.
LSUA (3-7, 1-5 RRAC) got a career night from Kayla Morgan, who scored a season high 31 points, tying her for third most points scored by a player in a single game in program history. Katie Lemieux was the lone other double-figure scorer for the Generals with 12 points. The Generals shot 35.1% from the field and 35.3% from long range. The Celts (8-6, 4-2 RRAC) shot 45.5% from the field and took advantage of extra opportunities, outscoring LSUA 18-8 on second chance points.
The Generals are back in action on Saturday afternoon when the Generals take on the Texas College Steers. Tip-off at Gus Taylor Gymnasium is set for 2:00 P.M.