LeTourneau women’s basketball scored 15 unanswered points to start the third quarter and earned a home-opening 82-73 victory over Centenary College (Louisiana). It was the first win of the season for the YellowJackets who improve to 1-3 overall.
Crystal Jones poured in 14 of her 22 points in the second half as the senior guard was aggressive attacking the paint and finishing at the rim.
LaTanya Drakes <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3364> recorded her third double-double of the season. The senior forward pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the YellowJackets and scored 17 points on 6-of 9 shooting from the floor. Drakes helped LeTourneau outrebound Centenary 56-35.
Bria Goodman <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3365> joined her fellow seniors in double figures as she scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor. Ashley Crockett <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3362> pulled down eight rebounds to go along with her five points.
Sha’Donnaver Young <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3376> scored a career high eight points off the bench for LeTourneau as the sophomore guard shot 3-of-4 from the field.
A back and forth first quarter saw the two teams go into a huddle tied at 16-16. The YellowJackets would lead by as many as five in the second quarter but a Centenary 3-point field goal with eight seconds remaining tied the game at 35.
With the clock running down Ashley Reed <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3372> pushed the ball up the floor and scored from just inside half court to beat the buzzer and give LeTourneau a three-point lead at the break.
The third quarter started with a barrage from YellowJackets as they went on a 15-0 run to take a 53-35 lead. The Ladies would cut the lead to nine at the end of the period but would never get any closer as the YellowJackets held on for the 82-73 victory.
The LeTourneau women will open American Southwest Conference play on Thursday as they take on Howard Payne. Tipoff is 5:30 p.m. in Brownwood.
Five YellowJackets scored in double figures as they poured in 60 points in the second half to down the Gentlemen of Centenary College (Louisiana). It was a charitable effort for LeTourneau with 26 of 36 field goals coming off an assist.
“We knew it would take a 40-minute effort coming into this game as Centenary is an excellent veteran team,” said head coach Dan Miller <http://letuathletics.com/coaches.aspx?rc=436>. “The guys did a great job of making the extra pass and finding the right guys on offense. Very proud of the way we finished our possessions the second half.”
Nate West dropped 15 of his career-high 22 points after the break to lead LeTourneau. The freshman guard was 6-of-10 from behind the arc.
Joining West in double figures was Caleb Loggins <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3310> with 17 points, the sophomore forward dominated in the paint as he scored on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. Loggins also recorded three blocks for the YellowJackets.
Jeff Martin <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3311> and Christian Seidl <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3315> each added 16. Martin recorded a double-double as he racked up 11 assists. This effort is the fifth career double-double performance for the senior guard. Seidl was one rebound away from a double-double of his own as he pulled down nine boards including four offensive rebounds.
Alec Colhoff <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3307> was the fifth YellowJacket in double figures as he scored 13 points. Colhoff was 3-of-6 from behind the arc.
The Gents got off a quick start going up 6-0 early in the game. A barrage of 3-point field goals from Sam Talbert <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3316> and Alec Colhoff<http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3307> tied the game at 11. Neither team led by more than four points and there were 13 lead changes in the first half. Caleb Loggins <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3310> scored as time expired to take a 41-40 lead into the break.
The second half was more of the same until the 6:15 mark when Nate West <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3318> began a 10-2 run to take an eight-point lead. The YellowJackets would follow that with a 17-6 run punctuated by a Christian Seidl <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3315> behind the back pass to a streaking Caleb Loggins <http://letuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3310> to stretch the lead to 16 (92-76).
Centenary had two-twenty point scorers in James Sapp (23) and Travion Kirkendoll (21). The Gents fell to 2-2 with the loss.
“We did our best to contain Sapp and Kirkendall but they are very skilled offensive players,” said Miller. “We need to keep working on our defensive execution, but I am very proud of the effort tonight.”
The YellowJackets will return to Solheim Arena on Tuesday night for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with Rust College. LeTourneau will then hit the road to tip-off conference play as they take on Howard Payne at 7 p.m. in Brownwood.