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Dance Card: Northwestern State, Southland

Rising through a tight knot in the Southland.

Who? The Lady Demons of Northwestern State.

What? Shouldn't that be Demonesses? One of the many schools to choose a name through a contest. Vic is legendary for throwing down with another mascot.

Where? Natchitoches, Louisiana, which provides one of Louisiana's state foods.

When? March 16th, in Katy, Texas.

Why? They won the Southland conference tournament.

How? Chelsea Rogers had 16 points, and Trudy Armstead notched 12 points and 13 rebounds as Northwestern State turned it up in the second half to beat Stephen F. Austin, 62-44.

Surprise? Predicted to finish eighth in the conference, they finished in fourth, two games back of Stephen F. Austin.

RPI: 175

SOS: 277

Record: 21-12 (11-7 Southland)

Good wins: Houston.

Bad losses: UTSA in Waco.

Who's driving this thing? Brooke and Scott Stohr, since 2012. Yes, a pair of co-head coaches.

Extra, Extra! Maybe the Natchitoches Times.

Senior forward Trudy Armstead leads Northwestern State with 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Janelle Perez adds 10.1 points and 4.2 assists per game.