Southeastern opens Southland Road Slate in New Orleans, Nicholls

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Game 12 | SLC Game 2 | Southeast (5-6, 1-0 SLC) at New Orleans (1-7, 0-1 SLC)
January 20, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. | Lakeside Arena | New Orleans, La.

Series history: UN leads 27-24
Last meeting: Southeastern 75, New Orleans 48 (March 6, 2021 | New Orleans, La.)
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Game 13 | SLC Game 3 | Southeast (5-6, 1-0 SLC) at Nicholls (3-9, 1-0 SLC)
January 22, 2022 | 1 p.m. | Stopher Gymnasium | Thibodaux, La.
Series history: SLU leads 59-28
Last meeting: Southeast 82, Nicholls 63 (February 13, 2021 | Hammond, La.)
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HAMMOND, Louisiana – Southeastern Louisiana University’s women’s basketball team will hit the road for a pair of Southland Conference competitions this week.

The Lady Lions (5-6, 1-0 Southland) will open the trip with a 5 p.m. game at New Orleans (1-7, 0-1 Southland) on Thursday. On Saturday, SLU travel to Nicholls (3-9, 1-0 Southland) for a 1pm league game at Thibodaux. Both games will be televised on ESPN+ and can be streamed online at www.LionSports.net/ListenLive.

Southeastern opened Southland Conference play last Saturday with its most comprehensive effort of the 2021-22 season. The Lady Lions shot 65 percent (39 for 60) — including 76 percent (19 for 25) in the second half — from the floor and forced Northwestern State to 20 turnovers in a 90-56 victory over the Lady Demons.

Chrissy Brown led four double-digit SLU players with 14 points, followed by Morgan Carrier (13), Caitlyn Williams (12) and Breonca Ducksworth (ten). Hailey Giaratano and Nathalie Kelly added nine points each, while Taylor Bell contributed with eight to power Southeastern’s best score against a Southland Conference opponent since the 2000-01 season.

Cierria Cunningham was the Lady Lions’ top enabler with five assists to her name, while Ducksworth led SLU’s defensive effort with five steals. Williams grabbed a record eight rebounds and helped Southeastern finish with a 35-23 edge on the glass in Saturday’s victory.

Southeastern is averaging 62.7 points per game and has a 42.0 field goal percentage, the best in Southland, heading into games this weekend. Giaratano leads SLU with 9.4 ppg, followed by Carrier (7.8 ppg), Williams (7.1 ppg), Ducksworth (6.4 ppg) and Morgan Davis (6.2 ppm). Giaratano (3.0 apg, 3rd) and Cunningham (2.8 apg, 5and) both rank among Southland’s attendance leaders ahead of this week’s action.

SLU has a plus-3.6 rebound margin in 11 games. Williams is fourth in the league with 8.0 rebounds per game and the Brusly, Louisiana native is currently seventh on the program’s career list with 730 rebounds.

On the defensive side, the opponents are scoring 56.0 points in Southland and shooting just 35.9% from the floor against the Lady Lions. Ducksworth leads the team with 18 interceptions, while Giaratano and Kelly contributed 11 and eight blocked shots, respectively. Williams’ 86 career blocked shots are tied for third most in program history.

Southeastern’s two opponents this week faced off last Saturday in the Southland Conference opener with Nicholls edging out New Orleans, 69-68. Chelsea Cain scored the winning field goal in the dying seconds for the Colonels to highlight a 29-point effort that earned her Southland and Louisiana Player of the Week honors. DeArica Pryor led UNO with 22 points in Saturday’s loss.

The Privateers are averaging 50.0 points per game heading into Thursday’s game. Brianna Ellis has the team’s best scoring average at 15.5 points per game, but hasn’t appeared since a Nov. 20 loss to UL Lafayette.

Southeastern is 24-27 against the Privateers. The Lady Lions swept the streak of the season in 2020-21.

Jomyra Mathis (11.1 ppg) and Pryor (10.1 ppg) are the other UNO top scorers. Zoe Cooper leads the Privateers with 5.8 rebounds per game.

Nicholls, who hosts Northwestern State on Thursday, is averaging 59.3 points per game as a team. Cain leads the team with 16.1 ppg, followed by Chyna Allen (13.8 ppg) and Bryanna Washington (10.8 ppg).

Cain (6.5 rpg) and Washington (6.2 rpg) lead the Colonels on the boards. Deonna Brister has a team-high 23 interceptions for a Nicholls defense that’s yielding 76.9 points per outing.

Southeastern is 59-28 all-time against the Colonels. Last season, the teams split the season series, with each team winning on their respective turf.

After this week’s trip, Southeastern will return home to host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on January 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the University Center. The game with the Islanders will be televised on ESPN+ and can be streamed live online at www.LionSports.net/listenlive.

Kelly and Cunningham will be the star players in the contest against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The first 150 fans will receive trading cards featuring SLU juniors, courtesy of PRIDE.

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