HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana women’s basketball team will look to continue its winning ways on Saturday, hosting UIW for the Play4Kay Game at 1 p.m. in the University Center.
The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of the key Southland Conference contest between the Lady Lions (9-11, 6-5 Southland) and the visiting Cardinals (10-10, 6-5 Southland). Tune in online at www.LionSports.net or the Lions Game Day Experience app for Android or iOS devices. Fans can also watch on Southeastern’s YouTube channel (/SLUathletics) with any mobile, tablet or smart TV device (e.g., Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV and Roku).
The Lady Lions will play its part in “Spring Into Spring” week at SLU, hosting Play4Kay and Alumni Day festivities in conjunction with the UIW contest.
Southeastern is playing its part in raising cancer awareness by supporting the nationwide Play4Kay initiative. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, which raises money for cancer research and is named for the late North Carolina State head coach who passed away from breast cancer in 2009.
Southeastern Athletics, North Oaks Health System and PRIDE will partner to host the event. All cancer survivors will receive free admission, be honored at halftime during the Survivor Walk and are invited to the pregame survivor reception from noon-1 p.m. in the University Center’s St. Tammany Room.
T-shirts will be given out to fans as available. Links will be sold for a $1 at the SLU-UIW contest for the survivor chain that will be displayed in the University Center during the game. Southeastern student organizations, faculty and staff will participate in a Stationary Bike Challenge with fans donating to the team they believe will win. All proceeds from the links and Stationary Bike Challenge will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
For the contest, the Lady Lions will be decked out in brand new pink uniforms, donated by Craig and Pam Cook Forrest. Cook Forrest is a member of PRIDE and the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame, as well as one of three Lady Lions in school history to have their jersey retired and one of the stars of the 1976-77 AIAW National Championship team.
In addition to supporting her team, Cook Forrest and her husband donated the uniforms in memory of Craig’s sister, Kathy Dale Forrest. The couple believed buying the uniforms was a fitting tribute to Kathy, a Southeastern graduate who passed away due to breast cancer in December 2016.
Charliee Dugas will be Saturday’s Spotlight Player of the Game. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Rayne, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.
Southeastern carries a four-game winning streak – its longest in Southland play since the 2008-09 season – into Saturday’s game. Last Saturday, SLU handed UNO a 73-57 loss – only the second defeat in the last 10 games for the visiting Privateers.
Morgan Carrier and Jyar Francis led SLU with 19 points apiece in the win over New Orleans. Caitlyn Williams narrowly missed her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds, while also leading the team with a career-high five blocked shots and two steals.
Celica Sterling (13.7 ppg), Francis (11.0 ppg) and Alexius Horne (10.3 ppg) gives Southeastern a trio of players boasting double-digit scoring averages. Carrier (8.2 ppg) and Williams (7.1 ppg) round out the top five scorers for a SLU team that is averaging 63.0 points per game.
Horne doubles as the team’s top distributor, ranking third in the Southland with 3.8 assists per contest. Dugas is sixth on the team with 7.0 points per game and needs 43 points to become the 21st player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.
Sterling, who is fifth in the league with 2.2 three-point field goals per game, is also climbing up the school’s career lists. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native has moved into sixth place in program history with 109 three-point field goals and her 37.6 percent career success rate from behind the arc is the third-best ever by a Lady Lion.
Williams enters Saturday’s contest sitting in 13th on the conference leaderboard with 6.2 rebounds per contest. With 509 career boards, Williams needs 24 more to crack the program’s top 15.
The Lady Lion defense is yielding 64.9 points and 17.9 turnovers per contest. Horne is 10th with a team-high 1.9 steals per outing. Tyler Morrison and Dugas ranks eighth and ninth in school history with 141 and 138 career steals, respectively.
Williams currently sits seventh in the conference with 1.2 blocked shots per contest. The Brusly, Louisiana native’s 66 career blocked shots are tied for the ninth-most in school history.
UIW bounced back from being upset by Houston Baptist with consecutive narrow road wins over a pair of the top Southland programs. Last Saturday, the Cardinals edged Abilene Christian, 71-70, last Saturday before outlasting Sam Houston State, 77-74, on Wednesday.
Imani Robinson leads the team and currently sixth in the Southland with 14.1 points per game. Kara Speer tops the Cardinals and is fifth in the league with 7.4 rebounds per contest. Robinson also paces the squad with 32 steals and 15 blocked shots, as UIW is allowing just 60.8 points per game.
Incarnate Word leads the all-time series between the two schools, 5-2. The Cardinals have won four of the last five meetings, including a 76-69 decision last season in San Antonio.
Southeastern heads back on the road on Wednesday, traveling to Sam Houston State for a 6:30 p.m. contest in Huntsville, Texas. The game will be televised on ESPN+.
For ticket information on the upcoming Southeastern women’s basketball season, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.lionsports.net/tickets.
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