Women's Basketball Recaps: March 4
HOUSTON - On the strength of a huge second half, Texas Southern clinched a share of the regular-season championship for the third-straight year with a 58-46 win over Southern Saturday night.
Texas Southern also notched a 20-win season for the first time since 1982. The Lady Tigers are now the No. 2 seed due to point-differential tiebreakers going in favor of Grambling, who won the No. 1 seed earlier with a win over Alabama A&M.
Down 25-18 at the half, TSU (20-9, 14-4 SWAC) outscored Southern 40-21 to take control. TSU opened the third quarter on an 11-2 run keyed by Joyce Kennerson, who scored six of her 16 points during the burst. The Lady Tigers closed the quarter on a 13-3 scoring run and held Southern at bay from there.
TSU held a 36-20 advantage when it came to points in the paint. Chynna Ewing scored 12 for TSU, and Artavia Ford added 10. Samantha Duncan led the Jaguars (13-13, 11-7 SWAC) -- who are now the No. 4 seed due to the loss -- with 12 points.
TSU will host rival Prairie View A&M in the first round, while Southern will welcome No. 5 seed Alcorn on Tuesday.
Jackson State 68, Alabama State 62
JACKSON, Miss. - Derica Wiggins scored 19 points off the bench as Jackson State downed Alabama State 68-62.
It was a tale of two halves, as Alabama State flew to a 22-13 advantage after one and ultimately led 34-24 at the break. JSU (12-16, 6-12 SWAC) dominated much of the third with a 17-4 run that gave them a 41-38 lead with less than three minutes to go. ASU (13-15, 12-6 SWAC) regained the lead to end the period, but Wiggins was the determining factor late, scoring nine of her points in the final stanza. Marneisha Hamer gave JSU the lead for good with a bucket that made it 57-55 with 3:37 left, and the Lady Tigers iced it from the line.
Britney Wright led ASU with 17 points and seven boards. Danielle Clark scored 15 on 5-of-10 shooting from three. Alabama State, which claimed the No. 3 seed due to Southern's loss, will host No. 6 seed Arkansas-Pine Bluff in round one.
Mississippi Valley State 57, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 54
ITTA BENA, Miss. - Ashley Beals went for 24 points and 17 rebounds as Mississippi Valley State earned the No. 8 seed with a 57-54 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
UAPB (12-17, 9-9 SWAC) scored 13 of the game's first 17 points, leading 13-4 at the end of one. the Devilettes (10-19, 7-11 SWAC) turned it in their favor with an 11-1 run to open the second quarter, which ended with a layup by Beals that gave MVSU the lead for good with 29 seconds left in the half.
From there, the Lady Lions hung around and threatened late when Faith Ohanta -- who scored 13 and grabbed 16 boards -- made free throws to get UAPB within one, but Alexandria Tarrant and Beals knocked down free throws late to seal it.
MVSU will play top-seeded Grambling State in round one. UAPB will travel to Alabama State in the opening round.
Prairie View A&M 69, Alcorn State 60
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Prairie View’s Alexus Parker scored 22 points as the Lady Panthers downed Alcorn State 69-60 at the William J. Nicks Building.
Tori Carter added 19 points and four rebounds and senior Jeronia Allen notched 18 points for the Purple and Gold on 50 percent shooting.
The Lady Panthers(13-17, 8-10 SWAC) limited the Lady Braves managed to shoot 17.6 percent from the field, but PVAMU was not able to capitalize on Alcorn State's poor shooting, holding just a 10-8 lead after one. The scoring would pick up considerably as the Lady Braves (9-20, 9-9 SWAC) and the Lady Panthers traded baskets through the frame, which concluded with a 30-28 Lady Panther lead.
An 11-5 PVAMU run allowed some distance between itself and Alcorn in the third, and the Panthers all but sealed the contest with a 13-4 run to open the final quarter. PVAMU led by as many as 14, as Alcorn got no closer than nine. Brianna Luton led Alcorn with 15 points.
Prairie View, the No. 7 seed, heads down the road to Texas Southern for its opening-round game, and Alcorn State will travel to face No. 4 seed Southern.