Thu, Dec 16 2010
The LeTourneau YellowJackets erased an 11-point second half deficit and claimed a 72-63 comeback win over New Orleans on Wednesday at Solheim Arena.
Ali Goodwin (Fort Worth, Texas/UT-Dallas) came off the LeTourneau bench and scored a season-high 20 points to lead the YellowJackets to a 72-63 win over New Orleans on Wednesday.
The YellowJackets improved to 2-7 with the non-conference win over New Orleans, which is beginning the transition to the NCAA's Division III this season. UNO withdrew from the Division I Sun Belt Conference in February.
The winless Privateers (0-9) lost by a single-digit margin for the first time this season.
Goodwin scored all her points in the second half and was 6-of-12 from the floor. A junior who returned to LeTourneau after playing last season at UT-Dallas, Goodwin reached 20 points for the first time since a 23-point outburst against the University of the Ozarks on Jan. 15, 2009.
Freshman point guard Jessica Manas scored a career-high 18 points for the YellowJackets, which included shooting 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Also a catalyst in the LeTourneau comeback, Manas scored 11 points after halftime.
LeTourneau trailed 47-37 with 11:30 remaining in the contest when a quick run by the Jackets trimmed the margin in half in little more than a minute. Goodwin capped the 5-0 run when she hit a layup while fouled – and then knocked down the free throw – with 10:23 left in the game.
Trailing by five with less than eight minutes to play, it was Goodwin again who pulled the YellowJackets closer – this time, knocking down a 3-pointer to cut the UNO margin to 51-49 with 7:57 left to play.
That basket started a 7-0 run which saw the YellowJackets reclaim the lead for the first time since the 12:46 mark of the first half. April McCamey (Stephenville, Texas/Dublin) tied the game with a layup with 7:01 left in the contest. That was followed by a Manas steal and a layup by Goodwin at the 6:36 mark.
McCamey scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds in the game.
The teams continued to exchange points well into the final stages of the game. UNO briefly reclaimed a 60-59 lead when Hungarian national Mirjam Sipos knocked down a pair of free throws with 2:03 left in the game. Sipos scored 13 points and was 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.
But just as soon as the Privateers pirated the lead, McCamey reclaimed it for the Jackets when she knocked down a 14-foot jumper at the 1:52 mark. One possession and one New Orleans turnover later, McCamey hit her biggest shot of the night – a three-pointer from the free throw line extended to give the Jackets a 64-60 lead with 57 seconds remaining in the game.
After the game, McCamey described the shot as "the most important three of my life."
The Privateers would eventually come within three points in the final 30 seconds, but were unable to get any closer as the YellowJackets – who missed nine out of their first 12 free throws – iced the game at the foul line.
Megan McGuire (Hallsville, Texas/Hallsville) grabbed five steals and handed out five assists in addition to scoring four points. La'Queda Davis (Houston, Texas/Waltrip) scored six points for the YellowJackets, as did Alexis Wighaman (Porter, Texas/New Caney).
De'Shante Thomas (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse) scored five points and hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds.
Dinnelle Cormier scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to lead the Privateers.
The YellowJacket women return to action Saturday when they host the University of Dallas. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.