URSULINE 57, BOOKER T. WASHINGTON 46 (OT)
at Booker T. Washington, Tuesday (Feb. 11), Non-District
Records: Ursuline, 15-12; Booker T. Washington, 19-12
HOW THE GAME WAS WON: 3 KEY MOMENTS
- It was a dead heat through the first four quarters between two of the metro area’s top teams, but it was all Ursuline in overtime. Ursuline held Booker T. Washington scoreless in the 4-minute overtime holding them to 0-for-4 from the field while forcing BTW into six turnovers. Meanwhile on the other end of the floor, senior forward Kiersten Nelson got Ursuline off to a good start offensively with a short floater in the lane with 2:27 left in OT. Ursuline went on to make seven of its next eight free throws before a steal and layup by sophomore Taylor Ulmer as time expired put an exclamation point on a much-needed win.
- Booker T. Washington looked like it had the game won after a steal by Ra’Nae Tumblin led to an easy layup for Kassie Dolliole giving BTW a 46-41 lead with just 1:07 left. BTW, however, gave up an offensive rebound on the ensuing possession that led to junior point guard Tyrielle Williams being fouled on a 3-point shot. Williams sank all three free throws, then another offensive board off a block led to a game-tying layup by Kiersten Nelson with 19.2 seconds left. BTW got a couple of shots at the rim on their last possession, but couldn’t get a bucket to prevent overtime.
- It was really a neck-and-neck game the entire night between Ursuline and BTW. The largest lead of the game for either side came early in the third quarter when sank a free throw line jumper for a 31-24 advantage. That didn’t last long, though, as Ra’Nae Tumblin answered on the ensuing possession with a contested mid-range jumper of her own.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kiersten Nelson, Ursuline
Nelson, one of Louisiana’s top unsigned seniors, was a force in the paint for much of the night despite receiving a ton of attention from BTW. The 6-foot forward put up game-highs in both points and rebounds with 20 and 16, five of which came on the offensive end of the floor. She scored seven points with seven rebounds in just the first quarter alone, and showed up big again in the fourth scoring six points with five more boards.
- While Kiersten Nelson certainly had a big game for Ursuline, so did the Lions’ other top player in Tyrielle Williams. The junior point guard finished with 15 points and a game-high five assists with five rebounds and three steals. She was also particularly effective in the fourth quarter and overtime scoring eight points, all of which came from the free throw line where she went 8-for-9. Williams and Nelson are also close friends that routinely attend both girls and boys high school games in the area together.
- Ursuline had a 10-point advantage at the free throw line going 19-of-27 (70.4%) to Booker T. Washington’s 9-of-14 (64.3%).
- Ursuline came into Tuesday’s game winning eight of their last 10 outings while BTW had won six straight games.
- Ursuline checked in at No. 7 in the latest LHSAA Division II power rankings released Tuesday morning (Feb. 11) while BTW was No. 3 in Class 3A.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Ursuline | 14 | 15 (29) | 5 (34) | 12 (46) | 11 – 57
Booker T. Washington | 16 | 8 (24) | 10 (34) | 12 (46) | 0 – 46
Ursuline: Kiersten Nelson, 20; Tyrielle Williams, 15; Nicole Elizabeth Young, 11; Taylor Ulmer, 8; Catherine Legendre, 2; Briana Williams, 1.
Booker T. Washington: Kassie Dolliole, 11; Ra’Nae Tumblin, 10; Imani Rothschild, 7; Sequira Williams, 7; Chynna Spears, 5; MiKira Kirton, 3; Aaliyah Spears, 3.
Up Next: Both Ursuline and BTW will be back on the court on Wednesday. Ursuline has a District 11-3A matchup at De La Salle at 5 p.m. while BTW will host another top metro area team in Warren Easton at 5:30 p.m.