ALEXANDRIA, La. – LSU-Alexandria rallied from an 8-point deficit in the final quarter Wednesday night to deny Texas A&M-Texarkana a share of the women’s Red River Athletic Conference championship.
Trailing 65-57 entering the final 10 minutes, the Generals dominated the glass and got 29 points from Kelsey Thaxton to beat the Eagles, 82-80. TAMU-T finishes the regular season second at 11-6 overall and 6-2 in the RRAC. LSU-Alexandria will be the third seed in the postseason tournament with a 6-7 overall mark and 4-4 record in conference.
Women’s title up for grabs starting Sunday
The Eagles led almost the entire game, but Alexandria kept it close with some deadly outside shooting. Thaxton had five of the Generals’ 11 treys. Teammate Raegan Ojoro scored 10 points and pulled down 20 rebounds to give the winners a 54-38 edge on the glass. Jay Demouchet added 16 points, and Ciera Daniels contributed 10.
Morgan Strawder and Naomi Tekleab paced Texarkana with 19 points each. Taylor Howell had 10 points.
Free throw shooting and turnovers were also a factor in the outcome. The Generals made 21 of 22 free throws, and forced the Eagles into 17 turnovers.
The two teams will play again in Alexandria next Sunday in the semifinals of the RRAC Tournament.