SHREVEPORT, La. – The LSU Shreveport women's basketball team proved to have the better defense on Monday night at The Dock as they stopped the stampeding Lady Steers of Texas College with a 78-65 final score. Texas College broke triple digits in their previous game but the strong defense of the LSUS kept them at bay.
LSUS (8-7, 5-4 RRAC) shot 40% in the first half to build up a 12-point lead at the break.
The offenses picked up the pace in the second half as they scored a combined 83 points compared to 60 in the first half. Texas College (9-6, 4-5 RRAC) shot 45% from the field in the second half only to be out done by the Lady Pilots as they made 17 of 32 (53%).
TC's British Thomas was held to just 11 points by the Lady Pilots in the second half after a 15-point first. She finished with the game-high 26 points after an 11 for 24 performance from the field but she was not enough to bring The Steers on a comeback.
LSUS finished with three shooters in double figures: Sharday Cotton (23), Amanda Fontenot (13), and Kylie Leonards (11). Cotton added 18 more rebounds to finish with her fifth consecutive double-double which totals to nine on the season. Fontenot had four assists and was four of eight from the field including three of five from beyond the arc and two for two from the charity strip while Leonards was four of six from the field and two of two from the free-throw line.
Simone Brewer filled in for the injured Jenna Diakos and finished with six points and six rebounds in 21 minutes.
The Lady Pilots had their best shooting performance on Monday night as they finished at 46% from the field and 71% from the free-throw line after a perfect first half from the line going nine for nine.
The next game for the Lady Pilots will be on Saturday, January 22, at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake University. The next game at home will be on Saturday, January 29, at 5:30 p.m. against Bacone College.