– The New Orleans Privateers women’s basketball team will play their home opener on Tuesday night when they welcome the Alcorn State Braves. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 pm at the Lakefront Arena and will be broadcast on ESPN Plus.
The Privateers are back in the Arena after having a trio of tough road games all with early tip times. The latest of those was an 87-26 loss to Mississippi State who just entered the Associated Press poll this week. The Privateers were also tested against the likes of Oklahoma State and Tulsa.
New Orleans has had a lot of success in home openers of late. The Privateers have won every single opener dating back to the 2015-16 season (eight consecutive). Last season, New Orleans won their home debut against South Alabama 71-63, a game in which DeArica Pryor went for 29 points.
The minutes have been spread out this season with six different players averaging at least 20 minutes per game and a seventh averaging 19.7. Pryor duck Justice Ross are tied for the team lead in minutes per game heading into at 31.3.
This is the first of two meetings against Alcorn State this season. Last year, the Lady Braves defeated the Privateers 65-56 in Lorman. Alcorn State overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and held the Privateers to just five field goals made in the second half.
The all-time series is tied at 3-3. New Orleans is unblemished against Alcorn State (3-0) at home. The last time the two sides met in the Big Easy, the Privateers scored a 66-62 win in December 2020.
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Alcorn State is looking to get in the win column after two losses to Power Five schools. The Lady Braves were defeated by 35 to Mississippi State and 47 to Nebraska. The Lady Braves were picked to finish ninth in the SWAC in the preseason poll.
Destiny Brown was the lone All-Conference representative from Alcorn State in the preseason. Brown averaged 13.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season and played in all 29 of the team’s games with 26 starts.
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