Lady Celts Win First Game, Finish 2-0 in PSN Sports Challenge
The UST Women’s Basketball team defeated Dallas Christian College and won their first game in program history on Friday, Nov. 18, 70-37. The game opened up the inaugural PSN Sports Challenge in Jerabeck Athletic Center, which featured UST, Dallas Christian College, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Gregory’s University and Southern University-New Orleans.
The Lady Celts needed a win coming off the arguably toughest stretch of the season empty-handed.
“We have played a brutal schedule to start our first season,” Head Coach Mike Ricks said. “I think the quality of our opponents has helped us to get better faster, and it really showed this weekend.”
The Lady Celts put together two solid halves of basketball and wore down the Lady Crusaders en route to a decisive victory. The UST team was led by Aujanee Armstrong with 12 points. Freshman Emily Sebo finished with 11 points and sophomore Brooklyn McCall came off the bench and chipped in with 10 points. Amber Arceneaux-Francis had her most effective game of the young season, finishing with 7 points, 6 rebounds and a block.
“Anytime 3 or 4 players can score in double figures is a great thing for us. It makes it hard for a defense to focus on one person,” Ricks said.
Not only did the Lady Celts have their best game offensively, but they also held the Lady Crusaders to 29 percent shooting from the field and forced them into 22 turnovers.
The Lady Celts kept their foot on the gas pedal heading into conclusion of the PSN Sports Challenge on Sunday, Nov. 20 versus a talented Southern-New Orleans team and came out with their second win in a row, 83-67. With the win, the Lady Celts improved to 2-3 on the season.
The team shot 52 percent from the field, including 62 percent from the 3-point line, and held the Lady Knights to 40 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Freshman Madeline Ali led the Celts with 4 steals off the bench.
Sebo had her season and career high 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting, including 3 of 4 from the 3-point line.
“Emily was fantastic today,” Ricks said. “I kind of had a feeling that she was going to have a good game today and she came up big for us.”
Hershiira Boone-Rodgers also had her best game of the season, scoring 16, and she was a perfect 4 for 4 from the free throw line. Arceneaux-Francis (10 rebounds and 9 points) and Shelia Onyekwere (12 points and 7 rebounds) owned the paint for 40 minutes, frustrating the Lady Knights’ frontcourt.
The Lady Celts look to push their winning streak to three games this weekend as they travel to Hobbs, New Mexico to take on Red River Conference foe, the University of the Southwest.