Ashailee Brailey (right) made five 3-pointers for Southeastern University.
Former VC basketball player has great game for Southeastern University
HAMMOND – It was only a matter of time until former VC standout Ashailee Brailey found it.
On Wednesday, Brailey, in her first year at Southeastern Louisiana, scored a college-career high 21 points to help lead the Lady Lions to a 69-58 Southland Conference victory over Northwestern State in women’s basketball action Wednesday evening in the University Center.
The Lady Lions (4-15, 2-6 Southland) snapped a four-game losing streak with Wednesday’s victory. SLU outscored Northwestern State (9-10, 3-5 Southland), 46-26, after halftime.
Brailey had personal bests against Northwestern.
The sophomore played a season high 36 minutes. She made a season-high six field goals, including five 3-pointers.
She was also 6-for-6 at the free throw line and pulled down a season high six rebounds on Wednesday.
Prior to Wednesday’s game, Brailey has scored an average of 5 points a game and started all 19 games.
She leads the team in shot percentage for three-pointers. Brailey has made 24 out of 62 three pointers for a .387 average.
On Wednesday, Southeastern forced the Lady Demons into 25 turnovers and scored 23 points off those miscues. One of the areas the Lady Lions have struggled this season has been on the boards, but Wednesday saw Southeastern end a 13-game string of losing the rebounding battle, finishing even on the boards, 43-43.
“Our defensive effort was the difference tonight,” Southeastern head coach Errol Gauff said. “We were able to create some opportunities for ourselves with our pressure and I’m just very proud of our dedication on the defensive end tonight.”
Gauff was quick to offer praise to offer several individuals for their efforts in the victory.
“Ashailee and (sophomore guard) Bre (Warren) had some big three’s for us tonight,” Gauff said.
Brailey and Underwood’s scoring performances marked the first time this season multiple Lady Lions have scored 20-plus points in the same game.
Brailey was a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the arc and these were very key in the win.
Underwood made three treys of her own, giving her 141 in her career and moving her past former Lady Lion Shanna Achord (2000-04) for third on the school’s career list.
The first half was the tale of two quarters, as NSU took a 21-19 lead after a back-and-forth opening period. SLU went ice cold in the second quarter, making just one field goal and scoring four points in the period. However, the Lady Lions held the Lady Demons to just 11 points and went into the halftime break down just nine at 32-23.
Southeastern bounced back by playing its best quarter of the season after halftime. The Lady Lions held NSU without a field goal in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Demons, 24-8 in the period to take a 47-40 advantage into the final quarter.
Brailey and Warren hit consecutive three-point field goals to open the fourth quarter and push the Southeastern lead to double digits. Northwestern State would get no closer than six over the final 10 minutes, as SLU earned its first victory over the Lady Demons in its four tries.
Southeastern will be back on the road on Saturday, traveling to Sam Houston State for a 4 p.m. game.