NATCHITOCHES – Prairie View A&M ran off the game's first 15 points Thursday night and rode the 22-point outburst of Kiara Etienne as the Lady Panthers blew past Northwestern State's women's basketball team 63-31 at Prather Coliseum.
Etienne added six rebounds, three assists and three steals for Prairie View (2-4), which held NSU (4-4) to 20 percent shooting (9-45) as the Lady Demons posted an all-time scoring low for the second straight game, on the heels of getting only 36 in a loss last Thursday at 12th-ranked Oklahoma.
Northwestern cut the early deficit down to six, 23-17, but the visitors opened the margin back to 31-19 at halftime. The Lady Demons scored the first two baskets of the second period to move within nine at 31-22, but Etienne hit a 3-pointer in a 7-0 burst and the margin never got closer than 11 afterward.
The visitors registered 17 unanswered points over a six-minute span to blow open the game, going up 57-28 with 5:59 remaining. Northwestern did not sink a basket from the floor in the game's final 14:04 as Prairie View scored 25 of the contest's last 28 points.
"We had two or three really good days of preparation coming into tonight, and I didn't see any indications of what just happened," said first-year Northwestern co-head coach Brooke Stoehr. "I am disappointed in our effort. I am disappointed in how we started the game. We shot poorly. Our missed shots dictated our energy and we can't allow that. We put our heads down tonight and got whipped.
"Prairie View came out and punched us in the mouth, and we reacted poorly," she said. "Give Prairie View credit for taking the game to us from start to finish. They did a nice job and we can learn from that."
Freshman guard Janelle Perez scored seven points to lead NSU, which had only four assists and made just 2-of-13 shots from 3-point range.
The Lady Demons don't play again for 17 days, when they visit Arkansas on Dec. 21. They don't play at home again until Jan. 3 against two-time defending Southland Conference champion McNeese State.
"Hopefully we'll get a lot better by then," said Stoehr. "We have a lot of time to condition and get some shots up, and we need mental focus and concentration. We'll get some much-needed work in."