Bengals end year with sweep in Arkansas
If the end of the 2019 portion of the season is any indication, LSU Eunice women’s basketball will ring in the new year with a bang after taking down North Arkansas College in a weekend doubleheader at the HPRE Center. The Bengals (9-5) head into 2020 on a four-game win streak and have won seven of their last eight games.
LSUE scored a pair of double-digit wins over the visiting Pioneers, taking a 77-65 decision on Friday night, followed by a 69-53 win on Saturday. Miya McKinney paced LSUE over the weekend with 34 points over the two games.
The Bengals will hit the road to begin 2020 at the Bossier Classic in Bossier City. LSUE was to face off with Kilgore College at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day, followed by a 5 p.m. showdown on Thursday against Hinds CC.
North Arkansas College –77-65
A 28-point fourth quarter helped LSUE overcome North Arkansas and take a 77-65 victory on Friday at the HPRE Center. The Bengals trailed entering the final frame before notching the team’s fifth double-digit point win of the season.
The sophomore trio of Claralee Richard, Le’Shenae Stubblefield and Ava Jones each scored seven points in the fourth quarter as LSUE outscored North Arkansas 28-14 to close out the victory.
Miya McKinney bucketed a game-high 21 points as LSUE had five players in double figures. Alona Washington did a little bit of everything with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.
North Arkansas College – 69-53
LSU Eunice used early offense and late defense to take down North Arkansas College for the weekend sweep, 69-53. The win helped the Bengals finish the 2019 portion of the campaign 6-2 at home.
After a slow start to the game, LSUE turned a 5-3 deficit into a 27-11 lead after the first quarter. A balanced effort triggered the 24-6 run, headlined by a pair of three-pointers from Stacie White. The freshman would record her first double-digit point game, bucketing 13 points to tie for the game-high.
North Arkansas would respond with a big second quarter, clawing back to a 38-35 LSUE advantage at halftime.
After intermission, the Bengals’ defense would kick into high gear, forcing the Pioneers to a pair of nine-point quarters. On the game, the stingy LSUE defense forced 26 turnovers, resulting in 30 points.
Ava Jones and Miya McKinney were the two double-digit point scorers for LSUE, each scoring 13 points. McKinney led the team with six rebounds, while Alona Washington dished out a team’s best five assist while stuffing the stat sheet with seven points and four rebounds.