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New Orleans becomes third women’s basketball program to go 0-29

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The New Orleans Privateers women’s basketball team tied the Division I record for futility in a single season with an 87-56 loss to Sam Houston State on March 8. With the loss, the Privateers becomes the third team in NCAA to finish the season 0-29 – Fordham (2008) and Weber State (2013) are the other programs.

New Orleans, which has now lost 33 straight games, fell behind 13-0 and trailed by as many as 30 points in the first half. Sam Houston State opened the second half on an 18-6 run to lead 69-26 with 11:17 remaining. The Privateers then outscored the Bearkats 30-18 the rest of the way.

Octavia Wilson led New Orleans with 13 points.

Jasmine Johnson poured in 18 points to lead four players in double figures for Sam Houston State (
13-18, 8-10). Angela Beadle added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the BearKats.

The Privateers have struggled immensely since Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Following the storm, New Orleans saw a dramatic decrease in enrollment causing former administrators to go into cost-cutting mode, which led the athletics programs to Division III for a while. The Privateers planned on moving up to Division II in 2012 but current President Peter Fos, appointed in 2012, recommitted to Division I.

Head coach Keeshawn Davenport has played a key role in trying to resurrect the women’s basketball program. She took over the program during the 2011-12 season, where the Privateers had no scholarships as Division III does not permit any athletic scholarships. With just three scholarship players in 2012-13, the Privateers struggled as expected – going 0-26.

New Orleans had a full complement of 15 scholarship players this year. Davenport used 14, six on freshmen, five of whom receive regular playing time. Wilson, who led the team in scoring (9.3 ppg) was among four first-year players averaging more than 15 minutes per game.

Sam Houston State next moves onto the Southland Conference tournament.

LIU Brooklyn holds the record for most consecutive losses with 58 from 1987-1989.