Lady Lions fall to Colonels in first home loss

After returning home from a tough loss on the road to conference foe McNeese State on Wednesday night, the Lady Lions (9-7, 1-3 SLC) were looking to avenge their efforts versus the Nicholls State Colonels (6-12, 1-4 SLC) at home on Saturday evening.

The Lady Lions entered the night undefeated at home while the Lady Colonels were on a 4 game losing streak. The ladies of Southeastern jumped out to an early 9-2 lead in the first half, but a few costly turnovers set the colonels off to a 12-0 run with 5:15 left in the half.

“The turnovers lost us the ball game tonight. We dominated the boards,” said Head Coach Lori Davis-Jones. “It’s disappointing especially when you’re undefeated here on your home floor.”

­­Facing adversity, the Lady Lions refused to shy away. The lady lions looked inside for their points with consecutive buckets from forward Aja Gibson and senior forward Rashima Jenkins who finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds. After two made free throw by junior guard Kelli Jenkins the Lady Lions pulled within 2 with 00:29 seconds remaining in the half. Going into the locker room with a little momentum the Lady Lions were down 28-32.

“We feel like that’s where we could expose the little matchup zone they were running. We had the advantage in the paint,” said Davis-Jones.

To begin the second, half the Lady Lions picked up where they left off. With 18:44 remaining in the game, Kelli Jenkins who led the lions with 11 points converted a 3-point play to make the score 30-34. Just minutes later senior center Rachel Mackie would do the same, knotting the game at 42-42 all.

Throughout the course of the game, the Lady Lions managed to tie the game 5 times, but could not get over the hump committing twenty-six turnovers on the day. The Lady Colonels would snap a 4 game losing streak of their own and a 6 game home win streak for the lady lions.

“We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball when we have it. There were too many opportunities where we tried to force the issue,” said Coach Davis-Jones.

The Lady Lions will be back in action Wednesday night versus Central Arkansas at the University Center looking to get back to winning on their home court. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.