La Hammond – The Southeastern Louisiana University women’s basketball team defeated UNO 69-51 at 5pm Thursday at the University Center.
The Lady Lions (11-7, 6-2 SLC) are now on a three-game winning streak after beating the Lady Privateers (3-14, 2-6 SLC) 69-51 at home on Thursday night.
Southeastern performed well against New Orleans as follows. Hayley Jalatano He led SLU in scoring with a career-high 24 points. Natalie had his season-high 12 rebounds. Jenpierre led with 3 assists and 4 steals.
‘Very proud of her’ SLU head coach Aira Guzaldo “I know her teammates are proud of her. She was aggressive. That’s what we wanted from her.”
Giaratano prides himself on being a versatile player, but he recognizes that anyone can be top scorer at any time. “My teammates did a great job finding me when I was open tonight,” she said.
Southeastern started the game hot with a quick fast break layup in the Sierra Cunningham paint and the Lady Lions continued to keep the momentum going. Giaratano started a hot streak with his 7:06 in the 1st quarter when he hit a 3-pointer. SLU ends the first quarter with his 9 of 17 and his 52.94% off the floor.
The Lady Lions maintained their lead in the second quarter, with New Orleans just a little closer, reducing their 12-point deficit to 9. Giaratano put up another of his 3-pointers at his 8:01 mark in the second quarter. SLU shoots 2-for-2 on free throws and 6 of 14 from the floor to end the half with a 9-point lead.
The third quarter was the turning point for Southeastern. Privately because the team failed to score for six minutes in a row from 8:14 to 2:36 and he had an 11-point run before UNO had a perfect shot. DeArica Pryor made it to her 45-32 score. Giaratano will end the third quarter with a jumper in the paint.
Giaratano started the fourth quarter with a jump shot and scored a season-high 18 points during the game. Southeastern would go on to score an extra 18 points, shooting 70% from the floor and going 7 out of 10 from the floor, with Giaratano having a jumper in pain at the 4:57 mark. Scoring continued, achieving his season-high 24 points. Southeastern won 69–51, breaking their record with another win at home.
Southeastern scored 36 points in the paint, 12 bench points, 12 second chance points and 9 fast break points.
SLU will head to New Orleans for a quick turnaround before facing Privateer at UNO on Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 PM. The game will be streamed on ESPN+ and live stats can be accessed at www.LionSports.net.
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