Lady Kat loss a step in the right direction

It may not have been a win for the SHSU women’s basketball team last Friday night, but it was a step in the right direction.

After suffering through five lopsided losses to begin the season, the Lady Kats kept it close against Boston University in front of a home crowd of 145 at Johnson Coliseum, but came away with a 59-49 loss.

A win could have possibly given SHSU a boost before it begins conference play tomorrow on the road against UT-San Antonio. To make things worse, the team must travel to Reed Arena next Wednesday to take on Texas A&M.

The Lady Kats lost a valuable member of their arsenal two days after Thanksgiving when preseason first-team All-Southland Conference guard Stacy Allen went down with a season-ending knee injury. On Friday, several players took up the slack.

Kelly Brown, who averaged 12.5 points a game last year while at Temple Junior College, led all SHSU scorers with 12 points. She also pitched in with a team-leading five steals. Alice Johnson, SHSU’s lone letterman from last season, added 11 points, and true freshman Roshunda Betts also scored 11.

Boston took only a five-point lead into halftime but was able to outscore the Lady Kats 26-21 in the final half to hold onto the victory and improve their season record to 5-1. Katie Terhune led the way for Boston with 15 points in her 29 minutes of action.

The Lady Kats return for their next home game in Johnson Coliseum on Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. against conference foe Louisiana-Monroe.

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