Sun Belt Women's Basketball roundup for January 8th

New Orleans (SBC) - The Sun Belt Conference season continued Saturday with five other games.

Four Score In Double Figures As Lady Toppers Hold Off North Texas 69-64
Keisha Mosley led four Lady Toppers in double figures with a game-high 18 points as the Western Kentucky University women's basketball team picked up its third Sun Belt Conference win of the season with a 69-64 victory over North Texas Saturday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena.

"We knew coming in that North Texas was a very capable basketball team and that today would be a battle," said Lady Topper head coach Mary Taylor Cowles. "I'm really proud of the focus our young ladies displayed today in finding a way to get this win."

Balanced youthful attack keeps Blue Raiders perfect in league action
Five players reached double-figure scoring, all sophomores or freshmen, as the Middle Tennessee women's basketball team won its third straight, all in Sun Belt action, by defeating Louisiana 84-62 Saturday afternoon inside Earl K. Long Gym in Lafayette, La.

Sophomore Kortni Jones' 20 points, keyed by a career-high tying five 3-pointers, led the Blue Raiders. The point guard also added a team-best tying six assists in 33 minutes for her second-straight contest with at least 20 points.

Pioneers Edge Warhawks, 55-54
University of Denver women's basketball senior Britteni Rice (Pampa, Texas) had a game high 19 points to lead the Pioneers to a 55-54 victory over Louisiana-Monroe at the Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

"This game came down to guard play, and having Emiko Smith and Britteni Rice on our team was the difference," head coach Erik Johnson said. "They hit huge shots, and Emi's ability to take care of the ball under pressure saved us all game long. We also got good contributions from Kaetlyn Murdoch and Maiya Michel with defensive rebounds.

FIU's Defense Dominates South Alabama, 48-43
The FIU women's basketball team (6-11, 1-2 SBC) relied on its defense to pick up its first conference victory of the year, downing South Alabama (9-7, 1-3 SBC) 48-43 on Saturday evening. With the win, FIU snapped a seven-game losing skid.

The Jaguars, who averaged nearly 69 points per game heading into the game, were held to a season-low 43 points. Rakia Rodgers, Elisa Carey and Jerica Coley each notched a team-high eight points while Carey also added game highs in rebounds (10) and blocked shots (3). Fanni Hutlassa helped out with seven points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Three Trojans Score in Double-Figures as UALR Defeats Troy 83-48
The UALR women's basketball team used a season-high 56.9 field goal percentage and thirty assists along with three Trojans scoring in double-figures in route to a 83-48 victory over Troy Saturday at The Jack Stephens Center.  The Trojans won the team's sixth-game in a row and improve to 9-5 overall and 3-0 in Sun Belt Conference action.

Senior Chastity Reed led all scorers with 27 points and led the team in rebounds with nine, while junior Marian Kursh recorded a season-high of 16 points and added five boards.