Unbeaten Lady Pilots begin four-game road stretch in Oklahoma

MAKING PLANS:  The LSUS women’s basketball team takes instruction from coach Matt Strickland (kneeling, left center) during one of the Lady Pilots’ two wins last weekend. (Photo by PRESTON EDWARDS, Journal Sports)

By PRESTON EDWARDS, Journal Sports

After going 2-0 in the LSUS Classic over the Halloween weekend, the LSUS Lady Pilots will hit the road for their next four games.

The road stretch begins tonight in Oklahoma City, where the Lady Pilots will meet Mid-America Christian University before going to Langston, Okla., for a Saturday game against Langston University.

Next week, the Lady Pilots will be in Texas for games against Texas Wesleyan University (Fort Worth) on Thursday, Nov. 10 and Dallas Christian College on Friday, Nov. 11.

They will return to The Dock on Nov. 18 for a 5:30 game against Southeastern Baptist College.

In the LSUS Classic – held for the first time after a brief hiatus due to the pandemic – the Lady Pilots hosted HBCUs Dillard University, Philander Smith, and Langston University, conference foe LSUA, and the University of Mobile in a two-day, three-game format that saw each team compete against a formidable foe.

LSUS closed both sessions of the Classic with wins – a 74-65 victory over the University of Mobile and 61-52 over Dillard University.

“We had some really good teams in The Dock competing,” LSUS head coach Matt Strickland said about the LSUS Classic. “We were able to get two hard fought wins against Mobile and Dillard.

“Our players were locked in and excited to start the season. I was pleased with our defensive effort and physicality and our ability to execute on offense. We will clean some things up and prepare for the two road matchups.”

The Lady Pilots are also incorporating a ton of new talent as well into their program. Unlike the men who have 11 new players on their 12-man roster, the ladies have eight new faces to go with their five returning players. Strickland is excited about the additions to the program.

“I thought the new additions to the team got off to a great start in their careers here at LSUS,” he said. “Our two point guards, Alexis Brown and Tiarra Tillison, have made a huge difference this year pushing the pace and putting pressure on the defense.

“Destanee Roblow was a force inside the paint on both ends of the floor and Tyquanna Ross led us in scoring against Mobile and is really good attacking downhill. With our returners who have a lot of experience and the mix of new players, we have a chance to be successful this season and compete at a high level.”

LSUS shot 44 percent from three-point range on the weekend and averaged a shade under 50 percent from the field. Ross led three Lady Pilots in double figures against Mobile while Tahjea Smith and Tatym Barnes came off the bench and scored 12 points each in the win over Dillard.

Philander Smith was the only other team to go 2-0 on the weekend. Langston and Dillard each finished 1-1 and Mobile and LSUA left the classic 0-2.