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|Williams powers ULM past ULL|
Sophomore Sannisha Williams and the ULM women's basketball team left little doubt in the second half against rival Louisiana-Lafayette.
After trailing at the break, the Warhawks pulled away for an 81-70 win Sunday afternoon in the Cajundome in Lafayette.
Williams dominated on both ends of the court, scoring a career-high 18 points and pulling down a career-high 18 rebounds for the first double-double of her career. The Ruston native finished 4-for-4 in the second half with 10 boards.
"Sannisha had a great game for us," ULM head coach Mona Martin said. "She really stepped up for her teammates today. I thought she set the tone for us in the second half and really finished with the ball. I'm really proud of her performance on both ends of the court."
The Warhawks opened the game on a 6-0, but the Ragin' Cajuns scored the next eight points as part of a 22-6 run. With just under nine minutes remaining in the opening period, ULL (2-10, 0-2 Sun Belt) led 22-12.
ULM made short work of the early deficit. The Warhawks scored the next 11 points to stake a one-point lead with 5:31 remaining.
Both squads traded advantages down the stretch of the first half with Louisiana-Lafayette getting a jumper by Mercedes Johnson for a 35-33 lead at the intermission.
In the second half it was all Warhawks. ULM blew out of the gates on an 11-4 run and never looked back. Louisiana-Lafayette pulled to within one point as late as the 13:03 mark, but the Warhawks continued to press their offensive advantage.
ULM connected on 59.4 percent of its shots in the second half. Behind Williams' career-high performance, the Warhawks enjoyed a sizable advantage on the glass and finished with a 42-25 advantage.
Senior Lottie Moore provided the running mate for Williams and scored 18 points. Junior Jesse Carrier also topped double figures with 10 while freshman Sumar Leslie added 12 points and seven assists. Leslie finished with only one turnover in the game.
Alexis Green finished with a game-high 32 points for the Ragin' Cajuns. The 5-8 post went 4-for-4 behind the arc in the closing minutes.
ULM steps out of conference action on Dec. 28 when it hosts SIU-Edwardsville in a 2 p.m. game inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.