College basketball: BPCC women improve to 2-1, men lose opener

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The Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs won the first half of a home basketball doubleheader Tuesday night, but the Cavs dropped their season opener.

The Lady Cavs routed LSU-Eunice 97-55 to improve to 2-1. The men fell to LSU Alexandria’s junior varsity team 77-62.

Sophomore Diamond Willis, a former Byrd standout, had 29 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in just three quarters to lead the Lady Cavs.

Willis is averaging 28 points through the first three games.

Desiree Lyons added 17 points. Former Haughton standout Mikayla Barber scored 15.

Michee Alexander (12), Sara Housley (11) and Jameekia Homer (10) also scored in double figures.

The Lady Cavs dominated from the get-go, leading 46-22 at the half and 71-36 after three quarters. Women’s college basketball has changed its game format from two 20-minute halves to four 10-minute quarters.

Antwine Baker and Takhasseri Gasery led the BPCC men with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Free throws were a big difference in the game. LSUA went to the line 53 times. The Generals made 32, but that was nine more than the Cavs attempted. BPCC was 14 of 23.

BPCC was also cold from the floor for much of the game. The Cavs also had trouble handling LSUA’s big man, William Claiborne, who scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half and grabbed numerous rebounds.

LSUA also got solid games from guards Colby Harris (18 points) and Joe Feraci (17 points, three 3-pointers).

The Cavs and Lady Cavs both return to action Saturday. The men travel to Little Rock, Ark., for a 2 p.m. game against Arkansas Baptist. The women host Southern-Shreveport at 4 p.m.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com