NSU Lady Demons fall to UTSA

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A 13-4 run to start the second half followed by a barrage of 3-point goals helped lift Northwestern State to an 80-68 win over Northwestern State in Southland Conference women's basketball action Wednesday night.

Ashley Gardner led the Roadrunners (7-10, 2-2 SLC) with 19 points while Alysse Davis added 17 points, including two big 3-point goals in the second half to help squash Lady Demon runs.

NSU (7-10, 2-2 SLC) had five players score in double figures with Jordi James leading the way with 18 points and Trudy Armstead with 17.  Jessica McPhail added 11 points while Brittiany Houston and Jasmine Bradley with 10 points each.

"We led too many of their players score in double figures," said head coach Jennifer Graf.  "It came down to our defense breaking down.  We knew what their game plan was and we did a good job of our rotating, but they knocked down four 3-point goals from way outside that we really couldn't do to much about it."

UTSA opened up a 39-31 halftime lead with a 13-4 run in the first three minutes of the second half to go up 52-36 but the Lady Demons clawed their way back into the contest and trailed 54-45 with 13:14 to play and with the ball but then Davis hit one of her big 3-point goals to put the Roadrunners up by double-digits at 57-45.

Armstead would follow a few minutes later with back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to 59-51 with 10:14 mark but a 3-point play followed by four other free throws put UTSA back up in double-digits for good.

NSU connected on 40 percent of its shots after hitting 25 of 62 from the floor but was just 2 of 20 for 10 percent from 3-point range.  UTSA went 27 of 61 from the field but knocked down 8 of 20 for 40 percent from long range, including 5 of 10 in the second half.

"We couldn't find the net from 3-point range," said Graf.  "We got some good looks but you have to be able to knock them down.  They did and we didn't."

The Roadrunners led 39-31 at the break after holding off a couple of NSU runs that saw the Lady Demons put a 17-8 deficit to 17-16, then opened up a four-point, 28-24, lead and closed out the half on an 11-7 run.

The Lady Demons return home for a Southland Conference televised game on Saturday against McNeese.  It'll be the second game of a league doubleheader between the two schools.  That game will be the first of three straight home games for the Lady Demons.

(Courtesy: Northwestern St. Athletics Department)