|Mar. 16, 2017|
|LSU Shreveport||Indv. Leaders||Westmont (Calif.)|
|#34 Kourtney Pennywell - 15||Points||#03 Aimee BRAKKEN - 18|
|#34 Kourtney Pennywell - 9||Rebounds||#25 Lauren McCOY - 9|
|#13 Johnesha Major - 6||Assists||#23 Cora CHAN - 4|
|LSU Shreveport||Team Statistics||Westmont (Calif.)|
|37.9% (22 - 58)||Field Goals %||32.8% (20 - 61)|
|22.2% (4 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||43.5% (10 - 23)|
|50% (4 - 8)||Free Throws||58.3% (7 - 12)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
BILLINGS, Mont. – The LSU Shreveport women's basketball team's season came to a close on Thursday afternoon at Rimrock Auto Arena in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament presented by Wells Fargo with a 57-52 loss to the no. 7 Westmont Warriors.
"What an exciting game by both teams," said LSUS coach Curtis Loyd. "Both teams played like everything was on the line. Our kids came out ready to play today."
The Pilots took the early advantage, as they built a four-point lead at the 5:02 mark of the first quarter. Westmont quickly answered with 12-2 run and a 20-12 lead. LSUS responded to the Warriors run with an 8-0 stretch, capped by a basket by Courtney Randle (SR/Lamarque, Texas) to tie the score at 20-20.
Westmont closed the first half on 6-2 run and held a 26-22 halftime lead. With neither team taking charge, the third quarter ended in a 39-39 tie.
Thirty seconds into the fourth quarter, a free throw by Courtney Randle gave the Pilots their final lead of the game 40-39. LSUS would only score seven more points the rest of the contest.
Westmont's Cora Chan hit a jumper at the 6:52 mark of the fourth quarter, which began an 11-2 run and sealed the Warriors' trip into the second round.
LSUS was led in scoring by Kourtney Pennywell (SR/Shreveport, Louisiana)'s 15 points and nine rebounds. The Pilots end their season at 22-10.
Westmont, the nation's leader in scoring defense, improves to 28-4. They were led by Aimee Brakken with 18 points. Westmont's second round opponent is Lyon (Ark.).
"We have to give credit to Westmont and the best of luck to them the rest of the way," said Loyd. "This season has been a pleasure and an honor to work with this team; especially the seniors, the way they have given back to the program, they now have a legacy. This group earned more than just the championship, they've earned a right to be in the LSUS history books with all they have accomplished and I appreciate them making me a better coach and I appreciate them trusting me to coach them. I would like to thank all of our fans and supporters and to let you know we're not done, there is a lot more for this program to do and we're going to do it," ended Loyd.
A SEASON TO REMEMBER
The 2016-17 Pilots will have a banner hanging from the rafters at The Dock to remember their first-ever conference tournament championship this season as they claimed the RRAC's post-season banner. While it will not be mentioned on the championship flag, there was much more to recall than just that trophy this season. Even though so much happened that was memorable, here is a list of a few that stand out…
• Who could forget the 14-game winning streak that had them in the top spot in the RRAC after an unbeaten first round of games.
• Or about placing THREE on the All-RRAC First Team (Pennywell, Quiana Tucker (SR/Stone Mountain, Georgia) and Randle) which is unheard of. And Johnesha Major (SR/DeSoto, Texas) was named to the Honorable Mention Team.
• Coach Loyd was named Coach of the Year in the RRAC in just his first season while Pennywell was named the league's Player of the Year for the second time in her LSUS career.
• being ranked in the top 12 in the nation in four rebounding categories.
• Pennywell finishing her career as the all-time leader in eight key categories…
|22-10 (.688)||15-3 (.833)||Lost 1|