HBU hands Southeast Southland first loss

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HAMMOND, Louisiana – The Southeastern Louisiana University women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a 14-point halftime deficit in a 51-40 loss to HBU in Southland Conference action on Saturday after noon at the University Center.

Southeastern (12-7, 8-1 Southland) suffered its first loss at Southland and saw its eight-game winning streak snapped. HBU (11-9, 7-2 Southland) avenged a 52-30 loss to the Lady Lions last Saturday in Houston.

SLU shot just 25.0 percent (14 for 56) from the floor in Saturday’s loss. Breonca Ducksworth and Hailey Giaratano led the Southeast with eight points apiece. Caitlyn Williams paced the Lady Lions with 13 rebounds, as SLU finished with a 40-30 rebounding advantage.

HBU had three players finish in double figures on the way to victory. N’Denasija Collins and Enya Maguire scored 14 points apiece, while Julija Vujakovic had 11 points for the Huskies.

Southeastern dug a significant hole after its worst offensive half of the season to open Saturday’s contest. The Lady Lions shot just 15.4% (4 for 26) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes and entered halftime behind, 25-11.

However, the Lady Lions would not go quietly. Southland’s best defensive team held HBU to eight points in the third quarter and entered the final period behind, 33-27.

Southeastern opened the fourth quarter with a Chrissy Brown hand over and a Hailey Giaratano three to cut the lead to 33-32 with 9:18 remaining. SLU wouldn’t come close.

HBU responded with a 7-1 run to take a 40-33 lead midway through the final quarter. The Lady Lions came within four in the final stretch, but the Huskies held off Southland Conference leaders to hand Southeastern its first loss since Dec. 20.

Southeastern hits the road for a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi showdown Thursday at 5 p.m. The conference leader will be live in the game, which will be televised on ESPN+ and can be heard online at LionSports.net/ListenLive.

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