Lady Demons hope to stay clean in rematch with Cowgirls

Northwestern State will look to stay clean on Thursday night against McNeese. 

After seven fourth-quarter turnovers in the loss a week ago in Lake Charles, the Lady Demons (5-8, 1-2) hope to see the adjustments take hold and get an opportunity at redemption when the ball goes up for the second time in seven days against the Cowgirls (4-10, 1-2). 

Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+. Tickets for the game are also available in advance by visiting nsutickets.com

“We can go back really quickly and see where we messed up and have a chance to correct things,” head coach Anna Nimz said. “There were nine lead changes in that game and pretty much every time we got a lead, we threw it away a couple of time with turnovers and never able to get more than a couple point lead only to see it go away at the end.” 

The disappointment following the scorching start to the game where NSU scored its second-most points in a single quarter (27) this season was a direct result of one thing that has plagued the team all year. 

Turnovers cost them the game Thursday against McNeese, and helped them pull out a close fourth-quarter game two days later against Nicholls. The Colonels committed seven costly turnovers in the fourth quarter that led to the NSU victory. 

While the turnovers have been a weak spot for the Lady Demons this season, they have also been one of its strengths, at least when it comes to the defensive side. 

In four of the past five games, and each of the first three conference games, the NSU defense has forced 20 or more turnovers by their opponents. They are second in the league with a 19.2 average this season converting that to 21.7 points a night over the last three games. 

After coming up short in two games with the result hanging in the balance several minutes into the fourth quarter, turning the tide right away was an encouraging sign for Nimz. 

“We were tied going into that fourth quarter, so we told them to go out like it was zero-zero and it was going to be who was the tougher team for the next 10 minutes,” she said. “Overall I thought they did a nice job creating some turnovers and executed offensively in some ways better than we had earlier in the game.  

“We needed the win in many ways, but it was really nice to see them pull it out in another close game. We had two close ones prior to that and weren’t able to come out on top so it was a good opportunity to feel that success and get our first Southland win. Hopefully that will propel us moving into this week.” 

With only 14 turnovers in the win against Nicholls, it is no shock that an offense that continues to grow in effectiveness thanks to the growth in individual confidence by its shooters would produce wanted results. 

“We have to continue to make sure those number stay like that,” Nimz said. “I think we’re hungry for another chance this quick. We can clearly see where we goofed up and we have another good shooting night I think we’ll be ready.”