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Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Women's Basketball Recaps: January 6

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 01/06/2018
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Alabama A&M 52, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 49

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Alabama A&M prevailed in a 52-49 contest over Arkansas-Pine Bluff to collect its first conference win of the season Saturday afternoon at T.M. Elmore Gymnasium.

Ashlyn Dotson paced the Lady Bulldogs (6-8, 1-2 SWAC) with 11 points and four rebounds. Nigeria Jones and Natalie Collins each scored nine points, with Jones chipping in five rebounds and four steals.

Faith Ohanta recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds for UAPB (3-9, 1-1 SWAC). Aiya Hassan added 12 points and four rebounds.

Alabama A&M appeared on its way to a rout, opening the game with an 11-4 run en route to a 23-7 advantage after one, but Arkansas-Pine Bluff reversed fourtunes in the second frame. Down 25-9 following two free throws by AAMU's Tierra Dark, UAPB dominated matters from that point. as consecutive lay-ups by Destiny Brewtown sparked a 17-3 Lady Lions run that left them down just two at the break.

Shawntayla Harris scored four quick points in the third to give UAPB the lead, but Collins handed it right back to Alabama A&M with a trey. The Lady Bulldogs stayed ahead from there, despite UAPB getting within one on two occasions. 

UAPB outrebounds AAMU 36-30 and outshot Alabama A&M from the floor (34.6 percent - 33.3 percent), but the Lady Bulldogs forced 21 turnovers.

Jackson State 74, Alcorn State 51

LORMAN, Miss. - Despite not having leading scorer Derica Wiggins, Jackson State cruised to a 74-51 win over Alcorn State Saturday afternoon at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.

Dating back to last season, the Lady Tigers (8-4, 3-0 SWAC) have won seven straight conference games.

Christina Ellis led the way for JSU with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, and Maria Conyers-Jordan added 13 points. Katie Hunt corralled a game-high 15 boards, and Chelsea Causey scored 10 points with eight rebounds.

Tia Sanders netted 20 points, shooting 5-of-9 from three to lead the Lady Braves (5-9, 1-2 SWAC). Alcorn standout Alexus Freeman was limited to five points, although she did record five assists and six steals.

After a back-and-forth first that resulted in a 19-18 JSU lead, the Lady Tigers pulled away with one-sided second and third quarters. After Jada Hargrove pushed Alcorn ahead 22-21 after a lay-up, Ellis powered a 12-2 Jackson State run, scoring six of her eight second-quarter points over that stretch. A couple of Ellis free throws allowed JSU to take a 38-27 lead to the break, and led by as many as 23 in the third quarter. The Lady Tigers were never threatened from that point, leading by no less than 17.

Southern 63, Grambling State 44

BATON ROUGE, La. - Briana Green posted 15 points, 10 rebounds and five steals as Southern (3-9, 2-1 SWAC) downed Grambling State (5-9, 2-1 SWAC) 63-44 Saturday afternoon at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Skylar O’Bear tallied 13 points and five rebounds for Southern, and Courtney Parsons registered 10 points and five boards.

For Grambling, Shakyla Hill finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds, seven steals and two steals. Monisha Neal added 10 points and three rebounds.

Southern limited the Lady Tigers to a 0-for-16 mark from behind the 3-point line. 

Grambling State jumped out to a 9-6 advantage after a Kailyn Gideon layup with 6:44 left in the opening quarter, but the Jaguars answered and took a 10-9 lead after a bucket by Courtney Parsons with 4:32 remaining. The Lady Tigers tied the game at 12 with a minute left in the first, but Southern used a 16-3 run over the next four minutes to take a 28-15 advantage with 7:03 remaining in the second quarter.

Grambling managed to cut the deficit to 28-21 after a pair of free throws by Neal with 4:45 left in the first half. Southern stretched the lead to 31-21 after a  Green free throw with 3:32 remaining, but the Lady Tigers were able to trim the margin to 31-23 before halftime on two free throws by Neal.

The Lady Tigers opened the second half with a pair of buckets and got within four (31-27) after a Hill layup with 8:21 left in the third, but the Jaguars answered as back-to-back buckets by Parsons kicked off a 9-2 run. A 3-pointer by Duncan with 6:27 remaining made the game 40-29 in favor of Southern.

The Jaguars led by no less than nine the rest of the way, maintaing a double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Alabama State 76, Mississippi Valley State 41

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Tatyana Calhoun notched her seventh career double-double to help lead Alabama State to a 76-41 victory over Mississippi Valley State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome Saturday night.

Calhoun led five Alabama State (3-12, 1-2 SWAC) with a career-high 17 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, while Nia Sapp added a career high 12 points off the bench. Kayla Stephens added 10 points, six rebounds and six assists in the victory.

Meanwhile, Areleatha Gipson and Amber Hunt each added 10 points in the victory for the Lady Hornets – both career highs.

Alabama State took charge in the first quarter after trading baskets, taking a 6-4 lead and never relinquishing that advantage. The Lady Hornets shot 66 (31-of-47) percent from the floor and 30.8 (4-of-13) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 58.8 (10-of-17) percent from the free throw line in the win.

Mississippi Valley State (0-13, 0-2 SWAC) connected on 30 (15-of-50) percent from the floor and 13.2 (2-of-15) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 39.1 (9-of-23) percent from the free throw line.

The Lady Hornets won the rebounding battle 38-28.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Prairie View A&M 61, Texas Southern 56

HOUSTON - In a contest that boiled down to a duel between Texas Southern's Joyce Kennerson and Prairie View A&M's Shala Dobbins, it was the Lady Panthers (4-10, 2-1 SWAC) that prevailed 61-56 over the rival Lady Tigers (6-8, 1-2 SWAC) Saturday evening at TSU's HPER Arena.

Dobbins put up 32 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals, shooting 14-of-17 from the line. Chelsea Tieuel added 13 points for Prairie View.

Kennerson scored 30 points to lead Texas Southern. Breasia McElrath added 10 points and eight rebounds.

A back-and-forth contest throughout, Prairie View began to pull away in the fourth. After Kaitlyn Palmer buried a jumper to tie things up at 44, Dobbins answered back with a lay-up on the other end, and Tieuel scored eight of the Lady Panthers' next 10 points as part of a 12-2 run that put them ahead 56-46 with 5:17 to go.

Palmer and Kennerson proceed to bring the Lady Tigers back within striking distance, as the duo combined for six quick points. Kennerson converted both sides of a trip to the foul line to make it 58-56 PVAMU with 49 ticks left, but Dobbins iced matters from there, going 3-for-4 from the stripe in the final moments as Texas Southern was unable to get any closer.

Both sides turned the ball over 23 times, and Dobbins outshot Texas Southern from the stripe on her own as the Lady Tigers were 10-of-12 from the foul line.