Women's Basketball Recaps: November 24
Texas Southern 66, New Mexico State 50
EL PASO, Texas - Joyce Kennerson and Kaitlyn Palmer keyed a dominating fourth-quarter to lead Texas Southern (1-3) to a 66-50 win over New Mexico State Friday afternoon at the Don Haskins Center during the University of Texas-El Paso Classic.
Kennerson led all players with 28 points to go with five assists, four rebounds and three steals. Palmer added 25 points and seven boards on 7-of-12 shooting, including a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point land.
Brooke Salas paced the Aggies with 23 points and eight boards.
Down 12 entering the fourth quarter, Texas Southern overwhelmed New Mexico State in the final stanza, outscoring the Aggies 32-4 in the period. Kennerson netted 14 points in the period, with Palmer adding nine. After three baskets by Isis Lane -- with a Kennerson lay-in sandwiched between -- sparked the offense, the Lady Tigers' backcourt took over from there.
A Palmer three-ball gave TSU a 50-48 lead with 4:01 left, and Kennerson closed the deal, putting in 12 of TSU's final 16 points and outscoring New Mexico State by herself along the way (12-2).
Southern Miss 72, Alcorn State 67
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Alcorn State (3-2) fell just shy of an upset at Southern Miss Friday night, falling 72-67 at Reed Green Coliseum.
Tia Sanders scored 24 to lead the Lady Braves. Alexus Freeman added 18 points, seven rebounds, five asssist and five steals. Miracle Rushing posted a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Southern Mississippi's Jayla King led all players with 30 points, seven boards and five assists. Shonte Hailes added 16 points.
A cold shooting display in the first half -- Alcorn only made 22.6 percent of its shots in the first and second quarters -- led to a 34-25 halftime deficit that the Lady Braves were forced to overcome against the Lady Eagles. Alcorn State rallied in the third, as a Freeman jumper gave the Lady Braves a 40-39 lead with 3:49 to play in the quarter. However, USM outpointed Alcorn State 8-4 the rest of the period.
Freeman and Sanders kept Alcorn in striking distance, as baskets from the two put the Lady Braves within one point on multiple occasions, but Southern Miss fended off the rally and sealed the game at the line.
Colorado 85, Mississippi Valley State 48
BOULDER, Colo. - A rough shooting day plauged Mississippi Valley State (0-3) in an 85-48 defeat versus Colorado Friday afternoon at the Coors Events Center.
Desiray Mosely led the Devilettes with 11 points and five rebounds. LaKendra Bassett added 10 points, five rebounds and five steals.
Colorado got a balanced scoring effort with six Lady Buffalos scoring in double-digits. Alexis Robinson led all Colorado players with 15 points.
The Devilettes shot 19.4 percent from the floor over the first two stanzas -- and just 22.2 percent for the whole game -- en route to a 38-26 deficit. Mississippi Valley wasn't much more effective in the second half, but Colorado outscored the Devilettes 47-22 following the break, leading by as many as 39 as the game progressed.
Stephen F. Austin 77, Alabama State 50
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Alabama State (1-4) dropped a 77-50 contest to Stephen F. Austin during the Lady Eagle Classic at Southern Miss Friday night inside Reed Green Coliseum.
Courtney Lee was the lone Lady Hornet in double-figures, scoring 10 points and adding five boards as well as four steals. Shamyiah Smith posted nine points, three rebounds and three assists. Tatyana Calhoun led Alabama State with six rebounds, while shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from the field.
Imani Johnson led the Ladyjacks with 18 points. Marissa Banfield chipped in 11 points.
Alabama State shot 40.4 (19-of-47) percent from the floor, and 18.2 (2-of-11) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 71.4 (10-of-14) percent from the free throw line. Stephen F. Austin was able to pull away in the second half with 45 points on 39.5 (17-of-43) percent shooting from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
Stephen F. Austin shot 40.3 (29-of-72) percent from the floor, and 32.3 (10-of-31) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 60.0 (9-of-15) percent from the free throw line, and won the rebounding battle 43-33.
Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications contributed to this report.