NSU (9-13, 5-8 SLC) was down 11 with 7:54 to go in the game, but battled back to tie the contest at 60 with 1:21 to play. Southeastern (10-13, 3-9 SLC) pushed the score to 63-60, and the Lady Demons had the ball with 11 seconds to play when Keisha Lee missed a jump shot.
Lee finished the game with a career-tying 23 points. Both games she scored 23 points in were against the Lady Lions.
“That was kind of the story all night long. We didn’t shoot the basketball very well and we didn’t make layups,” said co-head coach Brooke Stoehr. “We got numerous good looks, and then didn’t get stops and rebounds when we needed to.”
NSU was 19-for-54 from the floor for the game, but 9-for-28 in the first half. The Lady Demons allowed the SLU to shoot 45.5 percent (25-55), and nearly 48 percent in the second half alone.
“It’s disappointing because this is a game we felt like we could’ve won, but I’m proud of our kids for fighting back,” said Stoehr.
SLU’s leading season leading scorer, Aja Gibson, led the Lady Lions with 22 points in the game. Four players finished in double-figures including Jameika Hoskins (13), Symone Miller (12), and Brandi Simmons (10).
Janelle Perez scored 15 for the Lady Demons. Jasmine Upchurch led the team in rebounds with seven.
Both teams were close to even in rebounds; NSU gathered 35 boards, and SLU collected 34. Northwestern State (15) had only one more turnover than Southeastern.
NSU will travel to Nicholls State on Thursday for a 2 o’clock tipoff. The Lady Demons will travel to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before Tuesday before returning to Prather Coliseum on Feb. 23 for New Orleans.