Explorers redshirt freshman guard Shaquana Edwards has been named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week after strong performances against Saint Louis and Richmond. Edwards filled the stat sheet as she averaged 14 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds in the games.
The redshirt freshman helped lift her team in a win over Saint Louis where she scored 18 points and led all players in assists (7). Edwards also picked up her play on the defensive side, as she added two steals and a block.
Adreana Miller also had a strong performance against the Billikens as she dropped a game high 25 points. The junior racked up these points by going six for eight from beyond the arc which accounted for 18 of her points.
The game against the Billikens was a tight contest throughout the first three quarters with the Blue and Gold finding themselves on top throughout most of the game. With that being said the Explorers really found their stride in the fourth quarter.
La Salle scored 35 of their 87 points in the fourth quarter. To put this in perspective, La Salle’s fourth quarter production was better than their previous two quarters combined. In the second and third quarters, La Salle scored a total of 32 points. This strong finish was the difference in the game.
The win against Saint Louis gave the Blue and Gold some momentum leading into their Saturday matinee against the Richmond Spiders.
La Salle came out strong as they took an early lead against the Spiders. However, a poor second quarter put the Explorers in a five point hole entering halftime. La Salle was held to just 12 points in this quarter, while also giving up 21 points to Richmond.
After falling behind the Explorers did battle back, but ultimately, they would fall to Richmond as they only scored 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Turnovers plagued La Salle as they coughed the ball up 17 times. This number compared to Richmond’s nine was the difference in the game.
Adreana Miller led La Salle in points again, but this time she was only able to account for 12. It was a rough night shooting for her, as she shot two of seven from beyond the arc. Sophmore center Sofilia Ngwafang also led La Salle in points as she added another 12.
The loss moves the Explorers to 3-10 in the A-10 and 8-17 overall. They are still in the tournament picture for now, and they have four games remaining, all of which are against teams ahead of La Salle. Next up for La Salle is a road game at Saint Joes and a home game against Davidson.