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HBU whips SUNO
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2001
By Steven Key

HOUSTON (BP)--Jere' Adams scored a career-high 22 points, and Tonie Noise and Tiffany Andrews each had double-doubles as Houston Baptist won its fourth game in a row with an easy 92-63 victory over Southern University-New Orleans in Sharp Gym Monday night. The Huskies used a 19-4 first half ending run that broke the game open, and won their 20th straight game at home.

HBU scored the first nine points of the game, and held an 11-2 lead six minutes into the contest after three straight baskets by Tonie Noise. The Knights would come back, using a 14-5 run to knot the score at 16-apiece with just over 10 minutes to go in the half.

The two teams continued to trade baskets for the next six minutes, as neither team could shake the other. Back-to-back field goals from SUNO's Mary McQueen tied the score at 26, but HBU went back ahead 31-28 on a layup from Tiffany Andrews and two free throws from Kanika Harvey with 4:44 to go in the frame.

After Bridget Lazard hit a fallaway jumper to pull SUNO back within one, 31-30, the Huskies mounted their game-deciding tear. HBU scored 13 unanswered points, highlighted by eight points from Adams, that pushed the lead to 44-30 with 2:11 to go.

SUNO chipped the lead back to 10 with 1:32 left, but HBU scored the final six points to take a its largest lead of the half, a 50-34 halftime advantage.

Noise scored 15 points in the first half, and Adams added 14, including 10 in HBU's half-ending spurt.

The second half began with the two teams going back and forth for the first eight minutes, with HBU maintaining its 16-point edge. The Huskies then put the game away, as Andrews paced a 17-4 run with six points, and HBU extended the lead to 86-57 with 3:38 remaining and cruised the rest of the way.

The Huskies shot 47 percent from the floor while holding the Knights to just 39 percent shooting on the night. HBU also forced SUNO into 29 turnovers, and had 22 steals, and won the battle of the glass by a 55-33 margin.

Jere' Adams led four Huskies in double-digits with 22 points. She also had seven rebounds, six assists and seven steals, with the latter two being career-highs. Tonie Noise and Tiffany Andrews each had a double-double effort, with Noise scoring 19 points and snaring a game-high 11 boards, and Andrews chipping in 17 points and 10 rebounds. Cari Scaff scored 13 points, while Natasha Avey added four assists, four steals and six rebounds.

SUNO's Bridget Lazard led all scorers with 26 points in the losing effort. She also had six caroms and five steals. Mary McQueen was the only other Knight in double-figures with 15 points, and Autumn Johnson had a team-high eight rebounds.

HBU, No. 10 in the first regular season NAIA Top 25 poll released last Tuesday afternoon, improves to 9-2 overall. The Huskies wrap up their four-game homestand with a Thursday night non-conference tilt against Schreiner University. Houston Baptist defeated Schreiner 110-42 in Kerrville on Dec. 17.

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