Saturday, November 26, 2016

Randle rallies Pilots past Dillard in Xavier Classic

NEW ORLEANS — Courtney Randle scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half Friday to help LSU-Shreveport rally for a 77-67 women's basketball victory against Dillard in the Xavier Classic.

The Pilots (2-6) scored 57 points after trailing Dillard 32-20 at halftime. Quiana Tucker's basket at 2:08 of the third quarter put LSUS ahead to stay, 41-40.

Johnesha Major's basket with 4:12 remaining gave LSUS its largest lead, 66-51.

LSUS had six double-figure scorers. Tucker had 14 points, Kourtney Powell 13, Bria Freeland 11, and Major and Chaterra Cage scored 10 apiece. Tucker grabbed a season-high-tying 14 rebounds — she reached double figures for the fourth consecutive game — and Major had eight assists. Randle had eight rebounds and three steals.

Shaelynn Moore scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers, and had three steals for Dillard (6-3). Alyssa Washington had 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

LSUS shot 76 percent from the floor in the second half — 19 baskets in 25 attempts — and for the game outshot the Lady Bleu Devils 53.7 to 43.3 percent. The Pilots had a 41-27 rebound advantage. After attempting zero free throws in the first half, the Pilots made 17-of-29 in the final two quarters. Dillard made 8-of-15 free throws, 3-of-8 in the second half.

Dillard's largest lead was 38-22 after a Moore 3-pointer at 7:48 of the third quarter. LSUS answered with a 17-0 run, including Cage's three consecutive baskets in 48 seconds.

LSUS was 1-1 in the Xavier Classic, and Dillard was 0-2. The Lady Bleu Devils have a three-game losing streak. LSUS snapped a four-game losing streak.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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