NATCHITOCHES, La (NSU) – It’s always nice to start the season with a win on your home floor and that’s just what Northwestern State did on Tuesday night against LeTourneau.
The 91-61 victory for the Lady Demons (1-0) was the 13th consecutive home-opening win and the sixth in a row coming against the Yellow Jackets. Even with the plus-30 margin of victory, NSU left plenty of points on the table, something that fourth-year head coach Jordan Dupuy was well aware of and plans to rectify going forward.
“There were some layups that we should have made in transition,” Dupuy said after Tuesday’s win. “But a lot of our offense did come from our defense especially in that first quarter and the beginning of the third quarter where we started to distance ourselves.
“We just have to make sure that we expand that. You’re not going to get that all 40 minutes early on in the season, but we have to get better each day in practice and expand on that
The first glimpse of the Lady Demons saw plenty of highs, outscoring LeTourneau 58-22 in the first and third quarters, but the lows of losing the second and fourth quarters 39-33. A large chunk of LETU’s success in those quarters was using NSU’s strategy of points off turnovers.
The Yellow Jackets had 17 of their 22 total points off turnovers in those two quarters, with NSU giving the ball up a total of 22 times. The Lady Demons created more opportunities overall with 33 forced turnovers, turning those into 38 points on the night. They had 28 in the dominant first and third quarters but only 10 the rest of the time.
“Want to see better half-court execution, especially when their defense is set,” Dupuy said. I don’t think we were very good in our execution against a set defense. We created most of our offense off turnovers, which is what we want to do, but we’re going to have to be better executing our half-court offense.
“Also, our secondary rotations and press, especially when we got tired, those are two things that we’ve addressed and think we’ve been better with over the last couple days in practice.”
The Lady Demons have another chance this week to continue to find the right balance of created chaos and execution on the floor. They host Central Baptist (1-0) on Friday for the second of three straight home games to start the season.
The Mustangs began their year with a 111-44 victory at Ecclesia College this past week and lost an exhibition game at Arkansas State early this week 88-63. Friday’s contest will be the third game in a week’s time for the NAIA squad out of Conway, Arkansas.
CBC poses an interesting challenge with five starters returning from a 17-12 team that earned its first trip to the conference tournament where they knocked off the top seed in the opening round. Junior guard Holly Allen led the team in scoring, three-point shooting and assists a year ago, and leads the team in all three categories after one game so far this year.
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