BIRMINGHAM, AL -- The Louisiana College women's basketball team took on Birmingham-Southern College on Tuesday night to finish off their first long road trip of the season. The Wildcats had dominant second and fourth quarters in route to a 66-51 road win over the Panthers. The win improves the Wildcats to 3-1 on the season with a trip to Abilene next on their schedule as they begin American Southwest Conference play next week.
The Panthers came out firing in the opening quarter, taking eight shots from behind the arc in the first 10 minutes of play, making four of them to take a 22-13 lead into the second quarter. Not phased by the barrage from the outside the Wildcats continued to play their game and quickly erased a 12-point deficit after BSC made another trey to start the second quarter.
The Wildcats outscored BSC 20-7 in the second quarter to take a 33-29 lead into the half. The final field goal of the half for BSC came on a layup with 4:30 left in the quarter. The trio of Wildcat senior guards would carry the team to the lead over that final stretch. A series of three straight baskets with two steals leading to the last two got LC within a point at 29-28 thanks to the efforts of RyDeja McQuarn and Janae Smith. A jumper from Kourtney McGhee and a tree-ball on the next trip gave LC the lead and put them up by four with just under two minutes to go.
BSC battled back early in the third as the lead changed hands five times in the first five minutes of the third quarter. A trey from Chelsea Singleton with 1:48 left in the quarter put the Wildcats up by four, but went cold the rest of the quarter. BSC answered with a pair of layups to tie the game at 46 after three.
The fourth quarter looked a lot like the second quarter for the Wildcats as the defensive pressure forced BSC into tough shots as they continued to struggle from the field. The lead changed hands for the final time early in the fourth on a layup from McGhee following another LC steal. BSC went over six minutes without scoring a point in the fourth while the Wildcats stretched their lead to 15 after a trey from Jayla Landrum with 2:43 left made it 63-48. The Wildcats cleaned the game up with a few free throws from McGhee and secured their third win on the early season.
Three Wildcats scored in double figures on the night with Landrum picking up her first 10+ point night with 14 on 5-of-9 shooting with seven steals. As a team LC had 22 steals, tying for the most in a game since February of 2014.
The Wildcats will have the rest of the Thanksgiving week off as they begin to prepare for their first ASC weekend next Thursday and Saturday in Abilene, Texas. LC will take on Hardin-Simmons on Thursday and McMurry on Saturday December 1.