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Lady Lions will open 2018-19 season at Alabama Wednesday

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Lady Lions will open 2018-19 season at Alabama Wednesday
HAMMOND---The Southeastern Louisiana women’s basketball team will officially open its 2018-19 regular season on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. non-conference contest at Alabama.

The Lady Lions return 10 letter winners from last season’s squad. Southeastern finished just one win short of qualifying for the Southland Conference Tournament a season ago. Second-year head coach Ayla Guzzardo believes her team will continue to improve and make their return to the postseason after a six-season absence.

While SLU is replacing two-time All-Southland Conference guard Taylin Underwood, a more balanced attack is expected from a Southeastern team that should be deeper than previous seasons.

The majority of the Southeastern experience returns in the backcourt. Charlie Dugas, the 2016-17 LSWA Freshman of the Year, returns after averaging 9.4 points per game as a sophomore.

Perhaps SLU’s most versatile performer is point guard Tyler Morrison. The Baton Rouge native ranked among the league leaders in assists (3.3 apg) and rebounds (5.7 rpg) in 2017-18.

Senior guard Ashailee Brailey also returns after ranking among the Southland’s most accurate three-point shooters. Returners Jaclyn Scholvin and Morgan Carrier, along with newcomers Kania Lasker-Rouse and Celica Sterling give Southeastern its most versatile backcourt corps in recent memory.

Sophomore Caitlyn Williams is expected to take the next step in the post, after a freshman season where she averaged 7.4 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. Veteran Kyla Williams, along with new faces Sydney Rivers and Aminat Jubril, make up the Lady Lion post group.
Alabama returns six letter winners and two starters from a 2017-18 squad that finished 20-14 overall and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals. Guard Jordan Lewis is the top returning scorer, averaging 9.7 points per game as a sophomore.

Shaquera Wade (6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg) is the Crimson Tide’s other returning starter. 2017-18 NJCAA Player of the Year Cierra Johnson highlights a group of nine newcomers for the Crimson Tide.

Southeastern has a 2-8 all-time record versus Alabama, The two teams last met during the 2012-13 season with the Crimson Tide taking a 97-62 decision on Nov. 25, 2012. Current Lady Lion assistant Aja Ochie was the leading scorer for SLU in that loss, netting 14 points as a then-junior forward.

Southeastern is 21-23 all-time in season openers. The Lady Lions have opened the season with a loss in four consecutive years.

Following Wednesday’s opener, Southeastern will return home to host Mobile on Monday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. in the University Center. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream (no audio) of Monday’s game at www.LionSports.net/watch.

Rivers and Lauren Bush will be Monday’s Spotlight Players of the Game. The first 125 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Lady Lion pair, courtesy of PRIDE.

TICKET INFORMATION
For ticket information on the upcoming Southeastern women’s basketball season, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.lionsports.net/tickets.

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CLEAR BAG POLICY
Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit www.LionSports.net/clear.