Women's Basketball Recaps: December 18
Toledo 81, Southern 76
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Four Southern players scored in double-figures but it was not enough as the Jaguars dropped an 81-76 affair to Toledo Monday afternoon during the West Palm Invitational.
Briana Green led Southern (1-8) with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Skylar O'Bear added 14 points, and Courtney Parsons netted 12 points, pulled down four rebounds, dished three assists and made three steals. Samantha Duncan scored 10 points.
Down 55-48 entering the fourth quarter, the Jaguars stormed ahead as a 13-3 run -- sparked by a steal and layup by Parsons -- to open the frame gave them a 61-58 lead with 6:50 to go. However, the advantage was short-lived as Toledo's Kaayla McIntyre sank two baskets to power a stretch of 10 unanswered points by the Rockets, resulting in a 68-61 deficit for Southern.
The Jaguars fought back despite trailing by as many as 10 in the quarter as five straight points by Parsons capped an 11-4 run that brought them within three, but Mariella Santucci sank two free throws to ice it for the Rockets.
Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott led Toledo with 17 points, making five threes. McIntyre added 16 points and five assists. Southern outshot Toledo 52.7 - 50.0 from the field and outrebounded the Rockets 33-21.
Murray State 64, Mississippi Valley State 63
MURRAY, Ky. - Mississippi Valley’s Devilettes went the distance with the Murray State Racers, with the contest being decided in the final seconds.
The first three periods saw expressive efforts by both teams, yet the final 10 minutes decided the outcome. The fourth saw four ties and three lead changes as both teams raced to the finish.
With 29 seconds remaining in the contest, Kristy Parker buried a jumper as the Devilettes tied the score at 63-63. It was a trip to the free-throw line by Murray State’s Ke’Shunan James lifted the Racers to the decisive one-point advantage with five ticks remaining, as Sydney Floyd was unable to connect on a potential game-winner.
In the opening period, the Racers dashed ahead of Mississippi Valley with consistent pressure and ball handling. Mississippi Valley did not unravel, however, as the team shifted focus and began to apply steady pressure. During the second, the Devilettes led the Racers in circles, the defining moment being a half-court buzzer-beater by LaKendra Bassett, taking MVSU into the locker room up 34-33.
In the third, both sides netted 14 points each. Mississippi Valley scored 46 points in the paint, 20 of them off turnovers. Statistically, the Devilettes scored four points on second chance opportunities, 16 points on fast breaks and 15 off the bench. The team shot 40.6 percent for the game. The contest concluded with a score of 64-63.
Parker scored 23 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals; while Bassett added 17-points, six steals, four assists and two rebounds. Jazmin Holmon paced the Devilettes in rebounds with eight.
Courtesy: MVSU Sports Information
Colorado State 71, Prairie View A&M 59
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A short-handed Prairie View A&M squad fell 71-59 to Colorado State during non-conference action Monday night at Moby Arena.
Shala Dobbins led the Lady Panthers (2-8) with 21 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Alexis Robinson added 16 points, five boards and four assists. Jordyn Penniman posted 11 points for the Lady Panthers, who were without the services of guard and top ball-thief Dominique Newman in this contest.
After battling the Rams to a 17-17 tie after the first, the sides traded the lead before Colorado State closed the half on an 8-2 run.
In the third, Prairie View pushed ahead after a Robinson bucket gave the Lady Panthers a 40-39 lead with 5:47 left in the quarter. The Rams nearly pulled away with a 10-2 run in response, but the Lady Panthers returned fire as Penniman sank two free throws and Talisha Presley converted a fast-break lay-up to bring PVAMU within three going into the final quarter.
Presley later nailed a trey to hand Prairie View a 54-53 lead with 7:34 left, but from there the Lady Panthers' offense sputtered as Colorado State closed the game on an 18-5 run.
Annie Brady led the Rams with 19 points and 14 boards.