The YellowJackets never trailed as they blew past the Eagles for a 92-69 victory on Thursday night at Solheim Arena. LeTourneau has now won eight straight games including five straight conference wins to improve to 6-3 in the ASC and 12-4 overall.
LETU matched their win total from a season ago when they finished 12-13 overall. They continue to build on the longest winning streak since joining NCAA Division III.
Caleb Loggins had an efficient night for LETU shooting 9-11 from the floor including the first three-point field goal of his career. Loggins finished with 20 points and also pulled down seven rebounds.
Caylab Herrera<http://www.letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3325> racked up 12 points and 12 rebounds in his first double-double of the season. Herrera had a career-high five assists and five offensive rebounds.
Alec Colhoff<http://www.letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3307> also finished with 20 points for LeTourneau as the senior guard sank five from beyond the arc. Colhoff started off the game with a two-handed alley-oop dunk as the YellowJackets jumped out to a 19-4 lead in the first four minutes.
“We had a lot of success going inside tonight. I was proud of how the guys were sharing the ball as we assisted on 27 baskets,” said head coach Dan Miller<http://www.letuathletics.com/coaches.aspx?rc=436> after the win. “After the fast start, we had a little lull from not being solid and not taking care of the ball.”
A Christian Seidl<http://www.letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3315> three-pointer would push the lead to 22 at the 10:33 mark, the largest lead of the first half for LETU. Seidl finished with 10 points and four rebounds.
The YellowJackets held the high-scoring Eagles offense in check as Ozarks came in averaging 91 points per game thanks to ASC’s leading scorer, Josh Berard, averaging 25.9 per contest. LETU held Berard to 13 points on 3-15 shooting from the field.
In the second half, LeTourneau shored up the turnovers only committing three in the final period and just nine in the game. The YellowJackets came into the match fourth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.63 and eighth in turnovers per game at 10.2.
Cordele Jackson<http://www.letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3327> erupted off the bench to score seven straight points in a career-high performance.
“I was proud of the way we came back out the second half and responded and value the ball and finished our possessions,” said Miller. “Now we need a great practice tomorrow as we have an excellent team coming in here Saturday.”
The YellowJackets will square off with UT Dallas on Saturday afternoon in another ASC East Division battle. The Comets will enter the game at 3-11 overall and 2-5 in conference play. Tipoff is 3:00 pm at Solheim Arena.
[niversity of Texas at Dallas] Next Game:
The university of Texas at Dallas
1/14/2017 – 3:00 pm.
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Crystal Jones / LaTanya Drakes
LeTourneau used a 12-2 run to take the lead after trailing the Eagles by nine midway through the fourth quarter. The YellowJackets outscored Ozarks 31-15 in the final period and returned to .500 with the win at 8-8 overall and improve to 6-3 in conference play.
Crystal Jones and LaTanya Drakes combined for 24 points in the final quarter to complete the comeback and give LETU their fourth straight victory over Ozarks. Jones finished with a game-high 24 points as she continues to lead the ASC in scoring.
Drakes tallied her 11th double-double performance of the season as she pulled down 16 rebounds to go along with her 19 points. The senior forward is ranked 12th in Division III with 12.8 rebounds per game.
Senior Ashley Reed<http://www.letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3372> scored five of her nine points in the fourth quarter. Her backcourt mate Jada Roberts<http://www.letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3373> had eight assists. Shaquicia Johnson<http://www.letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3366> scored six points to go along with five rebounds for the YellowJackets.
“Once again, this team has found a way to win down the stretch. We started off slow offensively, but we did not get frustrated and focused on getting the job done,” said head coach Leslie Reinecker<http://www.letuathletics.com/coaches.aspx?rc=454> after the win. “We have the ability to score quickly, and we did a good job of attacking in the second half to get some great looks.”
LeTourneau never led in the first half as they shot just 26.7 percent from the floor and 1-5 from three-point range. It was the lowest-scoring half of the season for the YellowJackets as they went into the break trailing 17-23.
Ozarks used a 16-2 run to extend their lead to 12 in the third quarter punctuated by a Diamond Goodwyn and-one layup and free throw. That is when the tides turned as LETU stormed back for their eighth win of the season.
The YellowJackets will return to Solheim on Saturday afternoon as they host UT Dallas in another ASC East Division battle. The Comets come in with a 12-2 overall record and undefeated in conference play (7-0). Tipoff is 1:00 pm on Saturday.[niversity of Texas at Dallas] Next Game:
The University of Texas at Dallas
1/14/2017 – 1 p.m.
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