Lady Lions endure mid-season slump

The Lady Lions are off to a rough start for the 2013-14 season with a 5-14 record, and spending the majority of their time on the road has not been in the team’s favor.
Southland Conference play opened for the Lady Lions with a game at McNeese State resulting in a 82-65 win for Southeastern. Currently 4-3 in the SLC, Head Coach Lori Davis Jones and her team have pushed through the season with true grit to get to where they are now.
Lady Lions had victories in their matches against the University of Incarnate Word (Jan. 9) and Lamar University (Jan. 18).
Incarnate Word lost to the Lady Lions by a final score of 67-55. Senior forward and recent Southeastern graduate, Aja Gibson finished the game with 19 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Symone Miller recorded 17 points and five rebounds.
These two wins bracket an overtime loss to the Sam Houston State Bearkats, 85-86. Even though Southeastern held the lead the entire game, the Bearkats came back strong in the final moments to tie and force overtime. According to Jones, the close, emotional game was handed away to the Bearkats. However, they came back looking for a win, and that is exactly what they did. Playing Lamar University showed the team’s offensive and defensive balance out on the court. Jones felt her players redeemed themselves from the loss two days earlier.
“I felt like we handled things better today,” said Jones. “We bounced a lot quicker. We pushed harder and pushed ahead. We’ve learned more quickly out on the court.”
The Lady Lions versus Lamar proved to be another close match with a 67-62 win in Southeastern’s favor. Gibson led the team in scoring with 16 points, while Miller and sophomore guard Erica Hernandez brought 14 points a piece to the final score. Defensively, sophomore Nanna Pool caught 11 rebounds for the Lady Lions. Jones says of her team after that game their knowledge of team roles was more clear.
“It was about understanding who we were going to get into foul trouble, and going right at them, but being composed about it,” Jones said. “I felt like we did a better job of understanding what needed to happen while we were out there.”
The Lady Lions then traveled to SLC opponents Texas A&M-CC and Houston Baptist, losing 54-83 to the former and winning 85-84 to the latter.
Southeastern returns home to the University Center to face the University of New Orleans on Thursday at 5 p.m.