Lions tamed in 87-77 loss

Dakota Ratley

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The women’s basketball team scored a home victory over Southeastern Louisiana Friday by a score of 87-77.

ULM utilized a total team effort, dominating the Lady Lions in assists, points in the paint and shooting percentage.

Despite a number of fouls that helped bolster a late Southeastern rally, ULM put down the comeback by sinking free throws down the stretch.

“We’ve got to quit the fouling, and we’ll be okay,” said head coach Mona Martin. “But we didn’t quit the fouling. It was just fortunate for us that we came down and made some shots.”

Sharnice Brooks had a career night, scoring a career-high 22 points and adding on nine rebounds.

Fellow post player Ashleigh Simmons spoke very highly of her teammate.

“Super proud of Sharnice. Keeping it high, finishing, she did everything tonight,” said Simmons. “All of her minutes were good minutes tonight. She was playing good defense, helping when she needed to.”

ULM’s inside game was the key factor in the game. ULM outscored the Lady Lions 46-20 in the paint.

The team looks to use this win as a stepping-stone as Martin thinks that more consistently smart play would help her team.

“I thought we played really smart in spurts, but we’ve got to play smart for 40 minutes and we didn’t do that,” said Martin. “Because I think if we played smart for 40 minutes it wouldn’t have been that close. I thought when the game got close we didn’t get rattled, and I was really proud of them for that.”

The win pushes ULM to 2-1. They will now turn their attention to Central Arkansas, where they will travel to Conway for next Saturday’s matchup with the Bears.

Simmons is confident with the way the team is shaping up.

“Coming back, knowing that we wanted the play hard, knowing that we wanted to practice hard, knowing that we wanted to win, gave us the confidence to keep winning and keep winning and I think we’re going to keep doing that when we go to Central Arkansas.”