Women's Basketball Recaps: November 25
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 72, Prairie View A&M 62
EDINBURG, Texas - Prairie View A&M fell 72-62 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday afternoon at the Texas-Rio Grande Valley Fieldhouse. The game was part of UTRGV's Feast of Sharing Tournament.
The Lady Panthers' Shala Dobbins led all players with 21 points, adding three boards and five steals. Jordyn Penniman added 17 points, three assists and three steals, and Dominique Newman put in seven points, six steals, five rebounds and three assists.
Brittany Mbamalu led TAMU-CC with 19 points, and teammate Kre'Ana Henry chipped in 12 points.
The Islanders opened the game on an 8-0 run, forcing Prairie View (2-2) into catchup mode from the start. The Lady Panthers fell behind by as many as 16 prior to the break. Dobbins made a steal and converted a layup to bring the Lady Panthers within nine with 8:05 left in the third, but the Islanders responded with a 16-4 run to push ahead by 21, and the Lady Panthers never threatened from there.
Alabama A&M 58, FIU 51
MIAMI - The Lady Bulldogs went on an 8-0 run in the final two minutes Saturday to take a 58-51 win over host Florida International University in the FIU Thanksgiving Tournament.
Nigeria Jones scored 15 to lead Alabama A&M (3-2). Tierra Dark scored 11 and Natalie Collins added 10.
FIU held a 50-48 lead with 2:50 left when Dark hit a pair of free throws to tie the score. The Panthers retook the lead at 51-50 on a free throw before Kenisha Sharp's layup at 1:58 gave A&M a 52-51 lead they never relinquished.
A&M trailed throughout the game until Jameica Cobb scored on a layup with 6:24 left in the third quarter to lift the Lady Bulldogs to a 29-28 lead.
However, FIU would go back in front and lead 41-38 at the end of the third. The Lady Bulldogs trailed 47-40 with 7:27 left in the game but would go on a 8-1 run and tie the score at 48-48 with 4:17 to play.
Tharp pulled down 9 rebounds, including six on the defensive boards, to lead A&M.
Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information
Drake 96, Mississippi Valley State 60
BOULDER, Colo. - Mississippi Valley State (0-4) shot just 26.3 percent from the floor in a 96-60 loss to Drake at the Coors Events Center during Colorado's Thanksgiving tournament Saturday afternoon.
LaKendra Bassett was a bright spot for the Devilettes, scoring 20 points. Kristy Parker added 15 points, four rebounds and three steals. Desiray Mosely scored 11 points and corralled five rebounds and four steals, but shot just 3-of-19 from the field.
Sara Rhine led the way for Drake with 27 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. She was one of five Drake players to score in double-figures.
Mississippi Valley started quickly but Drake asserted itself early on to take control. The Devilettes then endured a stretch over the first and second quarters where they missed six straight shot attempts as the Lady Bulldogs built a double-digit lead. Mosley sank a couple free throws to bring MVSU within six, but Drake closed the half with a big run, taking a 17-point lead to the lockers. Mississippi Valley got no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Dayton 81, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 43
DAYTON, Ohio - Arkansas-Pine Bluff suffered an 81-43 defeat at Dayton Saturday afternoon in the University of Dayton Arena.
Shawntayla Harris led UAPB with 15 points to go with five rebounds, two blocks and two steals, but was limited to just 20 minutes of play due to foul trouble. Faith Ohanta grabbed a team-best 12 rebounds, scoring seven points and delivering three assists. Destiny Brewton added 11 points.
JaVonna Layfield led Dayton with 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Four Flyers players notched double-digits in scoring.
UAPB (2-2) was limited to 23.6 percent shooting on the day and trailed by double-digits early in the second quarter. The Lady Lions made a run late to lessen the gap to 18, but that was as close as they'd get, as Dayton ended the game on a 23-3 run.
UTEP 65, Texas Southern 55
EL PASO, Texas - Texas Southern was done in by a sluggish start during a 65-55 setback at Texas-El Paso Saturday afternoon in the Don Haskins Center.
Kaitlyn Palmer led TSU (1-4) with 24 points, hitting 5-of-13 from three-point range. Joyce Kennerson dealt 16 points and four assists, but was 4-of-14 from the floor.
Led by a 16-point, 10-board effort from Najala Howell, the Lady Miners put four players in double-figure scoring.
Texas Southern outshot UTEP 38.8 - 34.0 from the floor, and held a 21-9 edge from deep. However, the Lady Miners enjoyed a big advantage at the foul line, sinking 26 of their 33 tries. TSU was 10-of-13 from the charity stripe.
Texas Southern was in striking distance for much of the game, and appeared ready to make its move in the fourth when Palmer sank a lay-up to make it 42-39 UTEP with 8:48 left. However, Palmer picked up a technical foul on the next possession and UTEP pushed back ahead by seven. Palmer later tied it at 48 with a three-point play with 5:20 left, but the Lady Miners went on a 12-3 run to build a nine-point lead that ultimately held the rest of the game.
Southern Miss 75, Alabama State 32
HATTIESBURG, Miss - Alabama State dropped their final game of the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic at the Reed Green Coliseum, falling to the host Southern Miss 75-32 Saturday evening.
Kayla Stephens led Alabama State (1-5) with eight points and a pair of rebounds, while Shamyiah Smith added seven points. Victoria Harvey came off the bench to add six points and five rebounds.
Alabama State shot 21.4 (12-of-56) percent from the field, and hit just one of 11 of their three-point opportunities on the night. The Lady Hornets also finished at 58.8 (10-of-17) percent from the free throw line in the loss, while forcing 20 Southern Miss turnovers.
Southern Miss (5-1) finished at 53.2 (25-of-47) percent from the field, and 50 (3-of-6) percent from beyond the arc. They also finished at 90.1 (19-of-21) percent from the free throw line. The Lady Eagles also won the rebounding battle 40-32.
Megan Brown led Southern Miss with 15 points, while Jayla King added 13 and Shonte Hailes finished with a game-high seven assists.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications
Stephen F. Austin 83, Alcorn State 79 (OT)
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Alcorn State dropped an overtime thriller to Stephen F. Austin by a score of 83-79 Saturday afternoon at the Reed Green Coliseum.
Tia Sanders led the Lady Braves (3-3) with 25 points -- while going 5-of-6 from three-point land -- and six rebounds. Alexus Freeman scored 24 points, dished eight assists, swiped five steals and hauled in five boards. Cloe Lane put in 14 points and six rebounds, and Jada Hargrove added 12 points.
Alyssa Mayfield led the Ladyjacks with 22 points and six rebounds. Stevi Parker notched a double-double for Stephen F. Austin with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Kennedy Harris scored 14 points, and Riley Harvey netted 11.
Down 63-58 in the fourth quarter, Sanders buried a trey and a jumper to tie the contest with 2:47 left. The sides traded the advantage until Freeman sank two free throws to make it 70-67 Alcorn State with seven ticks left. However, Parker buried a corner three in the closing moments to force the extra stanza.
After Harvey made a basket to put Alcorn down two, Parker ended up being the difference in overtime, making free throws late to put Stephen F. Austin up five. Sanders connected on another three-ball to bring the Lady Braves within two, Parker sank two more free throws to seal it.