by Michael D. Gunnell
Southwest Sports Information
The Lady Bears picked up their first win of the season Monday night, and gave Brent Harris his 100th victory as head coach of the team, with a 79-53 road defeat of the Delgado Lady Dolphins. The game was played at The Alario Center in Westwego, LA.
Eight points from Maddi Gatte and five from Jamaya Galloway helped propel the Lady Bears (1-1) to a 15-11 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.
In the second quarter, a Mylicia Harness bucket and Tootie Rankin free throw served as bookends to a 14-2 run by the Lady Bears that pushed their lead to 29-15 with 6:22 on the clock. They then took their largest lead of the first half, 37-20, on a Victorianna Nelson jumper with 2:27 left before the end of the half and they went on to hold a 42-25 advantage at intermission.
With 5:49 left in the third quarter, the Lady Bears reached their largest lead to that point, 54-29. The score was 62-43, in favor of the Lady Bears, with one quarter still to play.
A layup from Galloway, with 4:44 left in the game increased the Lady Bears' lead to 26 points, 73-47, and they went on to win by the same margin.
Galloway, Gatte and Rankin all had 14 points to pace the Lady Bears' win. Harness was also in double figures with 11 points. Nelson led the Lady Bears on the boards with seven rebounds while Galloway had seven assists.
The Lady Bears went 8-14 at the free throw line.
Delgado (0-2) was led by Nora DanNecia's 13 points. She and her teammates combined to go 9-21 at the free throw line.
"We had a lot of different people step up," said Harris of the win. "We got to play a lot of people tonight and played a lot of different defenses. We're still not where we want to be, but hopefully we took a step in the right direction tonight."
Addressing his personal milestone win, Harris now in his seventh season at the helm, said, "I'm proud of that, but that's a team achievement. We've had great players. It's something to brag about (concerning) our program, but it's a team deal."
After taking the rest of the week off, the Lady Bears return to action on November 12-13 when they make their home debut against Baton Rouge and LSU-Eunice, respectively, in the annual Coca-Cola Classic. Tipoff both days is set for 5:30.