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Women's Basketball Recaps: January 13

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 01/13/2018
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Southern 71, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 52

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Briana Green posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Samantha Duncan chipped in 15 points, leading Southern to a 71-52 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) win at Arkansas-Pine Bluff Saturday afternoon in the H.O. Clemmons Arena.

The Jaguars (5-9, 4-1 SWAC) controlled the game from opening tip, doubling up UAPB (3-11, 1-3 SWAC) 20-10 at the end of the first. Southern took a 43-21 lead into intermission and never looked , cruising to victory from there as it led by as many as 33 at one point.

The Jaguars shot 41.5 percent (27-of-65) from the field in the game, including a 45.7 percent clip in the first half. Meanwhile, the Lady Lions struggled early on as they were limited to 8-of-25 from the floor (32 percent) in the first half. Southern forced 18 Arkansas-Pine Bluff turnovers, committing just seven.

Faith Ohanta led Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 13 points off the bench. Destiny Brewton and Trasity Totten each scored eight points.

Texas Southern 77, Jackson State 74

JACKSON, Miss. - Joyce Kennerson and Kaitlyn Palmer combined for 40 points in aiding Texas Southern to hold off Jackson State during a 77-74 conference win at Lee E. Williams Athletic Assembly Center Saturday afternoon.

Texas Southern managed to keep Jackson State at bay early, leading 19-15 after one and 39-32 at half. Jackson State seized momentum in the third, using a 14-4 run to springboard to a 60-58 advantage after three. In the fourth, Breasia McElrath tied it with a lay-up, but JSU's Christina Ellis answered on the other end. Palmer buried a three, and Catherine Okwilagwe converted a three-point play to push TSU ahead 66-62 with 7:48 left.

Jackson State (8-6, 3-2 SWAC) then scored five quick points -- capped by a Marneisha Hamer three-point play -- to take a 67-66 lead, but Okwilagwe responded for TSU with a lay-up to retake the lead for the visiting Lady Tigers. Jackson State twice got within one point, but were unable to overtake Texas Southern down the stretch, with Kennerson sinking two free throws with 15 ticks left to push TSU ahead by three. Ellis' would-be game-tying three-pointer was off the mark as time ticked away.

Kennerson led TSU (7-8, 2-2 SWAC) with 22 points, 18 of them coming in the first half. Palmer added 18 points and four steals, going 4-of-8 from deep.

Ellis led all players with 27 points, adding five rebounds and four steals. Hamer added 13 points, and Kawaii Perry scored 12 points for Jackson State, who outshot Texas Southern 44.8 percent (26-of-58) to 40.3 percent (25-of-62) in the game. 

Alcorn State 76, Mississippi Valley State 70

ITTA BENA, Miss. - A big third-quarter helped propel Alcorn State to a 76-70 conference victory over Mississippi Valley State Saturday afternoon at R.W. Harrison HPER Complex.

Alcorn State shot 54.5 percent (30-of-55) on the day. The Lady Braves (6-10, 2-3 SWAC) and Devilettes (0-16, 0-4 SWAC) were tied 34-34 after the first half, but Alcorn State pushed ahead with a 14-4 run -- during which Alexus Freeman scored 10 of her 26 points -- that resulted in a 48-38 lead with 7:11 left in the period. Alcorn State carried a 15-point lead into the fourth and pushed their advantage to as many as 23.

After De'Asia Brown knocked down a shot to give the Lady Braves a 74-53 advantage with 5:53 left, the Devilettes set about on the comeback trail, reeling off 13 unanswered points -- and 19 of the game's final 21 points -- but the deficit ultimately proved too much to overcome.

Tia Sanders scored a game-high 27 points for Alcorn State on an efficient 10-of-14 shooting, adding four rebounds. Freeman added five steals, four boards and three assists.

Makayla Bonner led MVSU with 23 points and four rebounds. Kristy Parker recorded a double-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals.  Desiray Mosley added 12 points, four rebounds and four steals.

Alabama A&M 78, Alabama State 69

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama A&M University's Lauren McKee had a career-high 27 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs to their third straight Southwestern Athletic Conference win as they defeated the Alabama State Lady Hornets (4-12, 2-3 SWAC), 78-69, on Saturday afternoon in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

McKee also recorded five rebounds, four steals and three assists in the win. Nigeria Jones scored 14 points and Natalie Collins added 11 points. Kanisha Tharpe lead the team in rebounds with eight and added seven points in the win.

Alabama A&M (8-8, 3-2 SWAC) shot 43 percent (25-58) from the field, 52 percent (9-17) from behind the arc and 83 percent (19-23) from the charity stripe. They forced 12 turnovers which resulted in four points.

Late in the first quarter the Lady Bulldogs had a stretch where they made nine of ten shots, which was part of an 9-0 run which gave them a 21-14 lead. Alabama A&M held the lead for the rest of the game.

The Lady Hornets saw their biggest and last lead at two points in the first quarter, while the Lady Bulldogs largest lead was 13 points with 44 seconds remaining in the game.

Alabama State's Kenya Pye, Amber Hunt, Tatyana Calhoun and Keimeshia Walker had 12 points each.

Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information

Grambling State 81, Prairie View A&M 79 (OT)

GRAMBLING, La. - Shakyla Hill and Monisha Neal reached double figures as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team rallied to defeat Prairie View A&M, 81-79 in overtime in a Southestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Saturday afternoon at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on Saturday afternoon.

Prairie View A&M (4-11 overall, 2-2 SWAC) led 14-13 after one quarter but Grambling State (7-9, 4-1) outscored the Lady Panthers in the second quarter, 21-17, to take a 34-31 advantage into the break.  The Lady Panthers led at the end of the third quarter, 56-53, but the Lady Tigers rallied and got a 3-pointer by Ariel Williams to send the game into overtime tied at 72.

Hill paced the Lady Tigers with 24 points, on 12-of-19 shooting, with eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Neal contributed 20 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

Shala Dobbins registered 35 points, including 7-of-17 shooting and 21-of-27 at the free-throw line. She added nine rebounds and seven assists to pace the Lady Panthers Dominique Newman tallied 22 points, four rebounds and six steals.

Grambling State trailed, 54-51, heading into the final quarter, but Prairie View A&M used a 8-0 run, capped by a Newman 3-pointer to grab a 62-55 advantage with 8:24 left. The Lady Tigers trimmed the margin to 62-61 after a bucket by Alexus Williams with 6:27 left, and tied the game at 65 after a Hill layup with 4:32 remaining.

The Lady Panthers took a 72-69 lead after a Dobbins layup with 2:06 left, but Grambling State kept fighting and with 31 seconds remaining, Ariel Williams sank a 3-pointer to tie the game at 72.

Grambling State had one final opportunity to win the game in regulation as the Lady Tigers forced a stop on the defensive end, but Neal’s shot as time expired fell short to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, the Lady Tigers raced out to a 78-73 lead after a Hill layup with 1:51 remaining, but the Lady Panthers cut the deficit to 81-79 after a Newman 3-pointer with 1:11 left.

Despite closing the gap to two points, Prairie View A&M couldn’t get any closer as the Lady Tigers picked up their second consecutive conference win.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information