Score: Northwestern 67, ULM 65
Teams: ULM (2-5)
Location: Natchitoches, La. (Prather Coliseum)
Natchitoches, La. - A late three-pointer by Northwestern in the final 30 seconds was the difference as the host Demons defeated the visiting ULM women’s basketball team 67-65 on Sunday afternoon in what was a back-and-forth battle from beginning to end.
ULM took a one-point lead with 33 seconds remaining on Carissa Moody's layup in what was the 11th lead change of the contest that also featured six different tied scores. Northwestern's Beatrice Attura responded with the eventual game-winning three-pointer with 21.9 seconds remaining to cap off a crazy fourth quarter that saw the host Deamons lead by as many as 10 before ULM used a 18-10 run over the final 7:41 to set up the final minute of play.
-ULM had four players score in double digits, led by Andreanna Jackson's game-high 25-point afternoon in her first start of the season. Jackson finished the game shooting 10-for-23 from the floor, including a trio of three pointers, while she just missed out on a double-double with nine assists. She finished filling her stat line with four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 35 minutes of action.
-Natchitoches native Gabriella Cortez added 11 points, including a key three-pointer with 2:16 remaining that pushed ULM's late run to 14-0 as part of its larger 18-10 run to close the game. She added three rebounds and three assists in the loss.
-Stephanie Ratliff posted the game's only double-double with a 10-point, 10-rebound effort. She finished 5-of-7 from the floor and pulled down six of her rebounds off the defensive glass, adding a pair of blocks, an assist and a steal before fouling out with 49 seconds remaining.
-Carissa Moody rounded out ULM's double-digit scorers, finishing with 10 points in 33 minutes of action, hitting a pair of three-point baskets as part of a 4-of-11 shooting night.
-Both teams had nearly identical nearly identical shooting percentages from the floor (NSU 43.4 percent, ULM 43.3 percent). The Warhawks shot a game-high 60 percent as a team in the second quarter and took a two-point deficit into the locker room (32-30 NSU).
-ULM out rebounded the Demons 36-32 overall and had an 11-7 rebounding advantage on the offensive glass. Both sides pulled down 25 defensive rebounds. The Warhawks also had a 13-7 advantage in second-chance points.
-The hosts finished with a 28-22 advatange in points in the paint, a 24-15 difference in points off turnovers and received 16 points off the bench to ULM's 11 bench points.
FROM COACH DOW
About the game: A great effort on our team’s part to rally the way they did and take the lead in the fourth quarter after having been down by as many as 10 points with under eight minutes left to play. We just couldn’t get some key stops down the stretch when we needed it. To Northwestern State’s credit, they played well. Both teams shot at 43 percent in the field so there really wasn’t much of an advantage there. Free throws were certainly the discrepancy between the two teams where we go 5-for-10 and they go 15-for-16. Really across the board everything is almost dead even with the exception of the free throw percentages. We are disappointed that we weren’t able to come out with the win but we are proud of the effort in the comeback.
Individual performances: There were some individual performances that were positive. Alexis Collins with nine assists and only one turnover in 38 minutes was certainly impressive. Andreanna Jackson was, at some times, the only thing keeping us alive offensively as she came up with 25 points. Gabriella Cortez had a pretty solid line with 11 points and 3-of-4 from three-point range. Not to mention her three assists and only one turnover.
Where do we go from here: We’ve got to find a way to get stops. It’s easy to focus on what happened in the last couple minutes of the game, but there were some things that we needed to do better defensively well before that, that would have prevented us from being in that situation.
-The Warhawks stay on the road and travel to take on Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. before returning home for a pair of games inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum against McNeese (Dec. 13) and Rice (Dec. 18).
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