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Lady Demons look to continue home dominance

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – Looking to continue its dominance in Prather Coliseum, the Northwestern State women's basketball team will host Southland Conference newcomer Abilene Christian at 1 p.m. on Saturday in league action.

NSU (11-9, 4-4 SLC) is 7-1 overall in Prather Coliseum this season and 3-1 in conference play on its own court.  The Lady Demons defeated Incarnate Word 72-66 on Thursday night at home.

ACU (12-9. 3-3 SLC) lost to Stephen F. Austin 80-59 on Thursday and is 1-1 in conference play on the road.  They defeated New Orleans in the first league game of the year on the road.

"Abilene Christian is a team that can really shoot the basketball," said second year co-head coach Brooke Stoehr. "Julie (Goodenough- ACU head coach) has them playing really, really hard.

"They are going to come to defend and look to get out and run," she said.  "They shoot a lot of 3-pointers and will spread you out."

NSU had four players with 10 or more points Thursday.  Keisha Lee led the way with 14 points, Trudy Armstead had 13, Janelle Perez and Chelsea Rogers had 11, and Beatrice Attura had 10.

Lee leads the Lady Demons in season scoring at 15.3 points per game and Armstead follows that with 14.3 an outing.  Perez averages 9.9 points a contest.

Kourtney Pennywell took over the top spot in rebounds after grabbing 10 boards against UIW.  She averages 5.9 a game, which ranks among the top 20 in the conference.

Perez is the team leader in assists with 4.4 an outing.  She has 87 total assists, just 13 shy of tying her season high.  

Renata Marquez leads a group of four players that score in double-figures for Abilene Christian.  Marquez averages 13.1, Whitney West averages 12.1, Suzzy Dimba sits at 11.6, and Alexis Mason scores 11.2 points a contest.

Dimba leads the Wildcats with 8.4 rebounds a game and 1.2 blocks and outing.

"They have a number of kids that we have to guard on the perimeter," said Stoehr. "The challenge for us will be to locate shooters in transition and not give up open 3-pointers."

Nearly 46 percent of ACU's shots have been 3-pointers.  The Wildcats shoot at a 42 percent clip from the field (556-1324) and hit 32 percent of their shots from behind the arc (194-603).

NSU shoots 41 percent from the field and 32 percent from 3-point range.

Saturday's game will be the ninth game in an 18-game conference schedule and the second of a four-game homestand for NSU.

The Lady Demons welcome McNeese State on Thursday for a ESPN 3 matchup at 5:30.

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