The Wildcats bounced back from its loss last Saturday, taking down the Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions, 61-53.
They were led by junior forward Alyssa Adams, who had a career-high 22 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. She said her performance started before the game.
“It starts with warmups, and we go out there and get the shots that we want,” Adams said. “We have our teammates, they’re hyping us up, and we know that we needed to focus on our skills as a team.”
Senior guards Breanna Wright and Dominique Golightly had productive nights as well both scoring in double-digits.
The Wildcats improved to 13-2 and are third in the Southland Conference behind Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State.
Following the game, Head Coach Julie Goodenough was proud of the way her team responded to its first conference loss Jan. 11.
“The entire week we focused on rebounding and we had to get defensive stops tonight,” Goodenough said. “If you really want to have a special season, you’re going to have to win at home. We’ve already dropped one at home and we can’t do that again.”
During the matchup, the Wildcats took control of the boards, grabbing 40 rebounds against the Lions. This was their sixth game with 40 rebounds or more, and they haven’t had less than 20 rebounds in a game this season. The Wildcats are also top five in offensive and defensive rebounding, scoring offense, field goal percentage and assists.
“Our players did a terrific job on rebounding throughout this game,”Goodenough said. “I definitely credit our rebounding, especially down the stretch.”
“We needed to figure out how to get more minutes for Alyssa because she has been playing so hard this season,”Goodenough said. “She was phenomenal tonight. We had three posts in the lineup so that allowed her to create some shots.”
The Wildcats had two inactive players with senior guard Anna McLeod out with a concussion and sophomore guard Madi Miller out with a hand injury.
Coach Goodenough said they’re both day-to-day as the Wildcats head into a three-game road trip, two of which are against the top two teams in the Southland Conference.