NEW ORLEANS, La.- The Southland’s leading scorer, Randi Brown, powered New Orleans to a 77-50 win over Sam Houston State to clinch a Southland tournament spot Wednesday night at Lakefront Arena.
New Orleans (14-13, 10-6 SLC) used the long ball to down Sam Houston State (4-21, 1-15 SLC) as they poured in a total of 12 trifectas on the night while Sam Houston only knocked in one.
Kiera McKinney was the leading scorer for Sam Houston as she poured in 14 points off of 7-11 shooting. Eleven other Bearkats scored on the night but no other played eclipsed the four-point mark.
Brown helped the Privateers clinch a Southland Conference tournament berth with her third 30+ point performance on the season with 34 points powered by her six triples. Kayla Mundy was the next leading scorer for the Privateers with 15 points off of four triples.
The Bearkats won’t hit the court again until next Wednesday February 28th when they take on Central Arkansas in Huntsville.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST HALF
New Orleans sank their first three shots from the floor to jump out to an early 6-0 lead before McKinney put the Kats on the board with 6:38 remaining in the opening period. The Privateers continued their hot start to jump out ahead 11-2 midway through the first before Lydia Baxter cut the Privateer lead to seven with a layup.
Brown and the Privateers continued their hot start as they closed the opening period on a 12-3 run to take a 26-11 lead into the second period. The Kats didn’t back down after New Orleans’ hot start as they scored the first 10 points of the second quarter to bring the game back to within five. However, New Orleans answered right back thanks to the trifecta as they rattled in three straight triples to push the lead back to 35-21 midway through the second.
New Orleans would continue to showcase their offense as they stretched their lead all the way to 16 with 2:47 remaining before halftime. The Bearkats would fight back with a 6-2 run in the final minutes capped off by a Rachel Harrell jumper to cut the lead to 12 entering the halftime break.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE SECOND HALF
Angela Delaney got the Kats on the board first in the third period with a layup, but Brown answered right back with a triple as New Orleans would outscore Sam Houston 16-6 over the next 4:41 to capture a 57-37 lead after hitting their ninth triple of the contest.
New Orleans locked in on defense in the third period as Sam Houston was held without a field goal over a six-minute stretch in the third as they stretched their lead all the way to 21 before Kiera McKinney got Sam Houston back on track with a layup to bring the score to 62-41 in favor of the Privateers entering the final period.