Texas A&M University-Texarkana battled until the end against LSU-Shreveport reserves in an 84-66 loss at the Patterson Student Center.
The Lady Pilots (16-6, 10-3) remains in third place of the Red River Athletic Conference standings, while TAMU-T slips to 3-21 overall and 0-12 in its first season.
The game got out of hand early with LSU-Shreveport building a 23-8 lead in the first quarter, and a 53-15 cushion at intermission.
Texarkana dominated the second half as 14 players saw action for the Pilots. The Eagles enjoyed their best offensive showing of the season in the final two quarters. They outscored the Pilots, 51-31.
The Eagles’ shooting percentages still haven’t pleased Coach Kevin Dobbs. The locals shot 38 percent from the field, 28 percent from 3-point range and 47 percent from the charity stripe.
Mi’lan Francis Miller continues to be TAMU-T’s leading scorer with 14 points. Victoria Hill scored 13, Naomi Tekleab 13 and Ashley Dykes 10. Tekleab also had a team-high nine rebounds, but LSU-Shreveport outrebounded the Eagles 45-39. Dykes contributed four assists.
LSU-Shreveport dominated from start
LSU-Shreveport led in scoring off the bench, second chance points, and points off turnovers. The Eagles led in points in the paint.
Kirsten Fellows led the Pilots with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Fu’tra Banks had 14 points and 13 rebounds, with DeAuja Thompson adding 13 points. Kiara Collins and Leah Silva contributed 11 points each.
Texarkana has six games left this season, the next four being on the road. The Eagles play at The University of the Southwest next Thursday, and Paul Quinn College next Saturday. The following week they play at Our Lady of the Lake and Huston-Tillotson.
The Eagles’ next home game with be Feb. 27 against Jarvis Christian University. Their final game of the season is that Saturday afternoon against Texas College.