HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- New Orleans tied the Division I record for futility in a single season Saturday with an 87-56 loss to Sam Houston State.
The Privateers fell to 0-29, tying the mark set by Fordham in 2008 and matched by Weber State last season.
It was the 33rd consecutive loss for New Orleans, which would need to lose another 25 in a row to tie the all-time losing streak, set by LIU Brooklyn between 1987 and 1989.
New Orleans fell behind 13-0 Saturday, trailed by as many as 30 points in the first half and 43 points in the second.
The Privateers have struggled since Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The storm drastically cut enrollment and led former top administrators to enact a cost-cutting plan to leave Division I athletics in favor of Division III. A subsequent plan aimed for Division II before current President Peter Fos, appointed in 2012, recommitted to Division I.
When Keeshawn Davenport took over as interim coach in the spring of 2011, she had no scholarships. She had three scholarships her second season, and only this season did she have the full complement of 15.
She used 14, six on freshmen, five of whom receive regular playing time. Wilson is among four first-year players averaging more than 15 minutes per game. Women generally don't leave school early for the pros, so most teams have strong senior leadership. At UNO, no player has been on the roster more than one previous season, putting UNO way behind in terms of building chemistry.
The good news is that it can only get better for New Orleans.
Octavia Wilson had 13 points to lead New Orleans.
Jasmine Johnson had 18 points and Angela Beadle had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Sam Houston State.
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|Stephen F. Austin||12-6||5||18-12|
|Sam Houston State||7-11||10||14-18|