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Women's Basketball Recaps: December 21

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 12/21/2017
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Memphis 57, Grambling State 48

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Grambling State University women’s basketball team could not recover from a cold-shooting day in a 57-48 loss to Memphis at Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Thursday afternoon.

Grambling State (3-7) shot 30 percent (15-of-50), including a 2-for-16 stretch in the second quarter.

Jazmine Torian paced the Grambling State offense with 11 points, on 4-of-9 shooting, and three rebounds. Ariel Williams added nine points, two steals and one assist, while Shakyla Hill added eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and two points.

Cheyenne Creighton led Memphis (5-8) with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Jada Stinson and Alana Davis each recorded 10 points.

Grambling State led 8-6 after a Deja McKinney 3-pointer with 5:16 remaining in the opening quarter and took an 11-8 advantage into the second. Memphis took advantage of Grambling State’s cold shooting and used an 8-0 run, capped by a Cheyenne Creighton layup to take a 16-11 lead with 4:13 left in the first half and held a 21-17 advantage at the break.

Grambling State trailed 33-26 after an Alana Davis layup with 4:44 left in the third, but GSU got a 3-pointer by Jazmine Torian to cut the deficit to 33-29 with 4:10 remaining. Memphis continued to push the advance and took a 37-31 lead into the final quarter. Memphis extended the advantage to 43-33 with 7:34 remaining in the fourth on a bucket by Creighton, but Grambling State was able to cut the margin to 43-39 after an Ariel Williams free throw with 5:46 left.

Memphis quickly answered and took a 50-40 advantage after a pair of free throws by Taylor Barnes, but Grambling State was able to trim the deficit to 53-47 after a 3-pointer by Laneisha Jeans with 2:35 left. However, that would be as close as Grambling State would get.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Alabama State 61, Mobile 50

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State heads into the Christmas break with a 61-50 win over Mobile in Dunn-Oliver Acadome Thursday afternoon.

Kenya Pye and Keimeshia Walker each scored 13 points for Alabama State (2-9), while Victoria Harvey grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Kayla Stephens added eight and Pye seven in the win.

Alabama State jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead to start the game, but Mobile answered quickly with balanced scoring to pull within 14-13 to end the opening stanza. The Lady Hornets created some separation in the second quarter, hitting three three-pointers and grabbing seven more rebounds to take a 33-28 halftime lead.

Alabama State took a 45-34 lead in the third quarter, as they were able to convert on six of their 10 free throws. Mobile (8-5) could get no closer than seven points in the fourth quarter, and closed out the game by scoring 14 of their 16 points from the free throw line.

McKinley Seal led Mobile with 12 points and seven rebounds. Kendra Langham added 9 rebounds.

For the contest, the Alabama State connected on 30.4 (17-of-56) percent of their shots from the floor and 22.2 (4-of-18) percent from beyond the arc. They also connected on 62.2 (23-of-37) percent from the free throw line.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Rice 88, Prairie View A&M 68

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas –  The Prairie View A&M University women’s basketball team lost to Rice 88-68 Thursday at the William J. “Billy” Nicks Building.

The Lady Panthers were led in scoring by Shala Dobbins with 15, Dominique Newman had 12 and Chelsea Tieuel had 10 in her debut as a Lady Panther.  Dobbins also had three steals and four rebounds, while freshman Jyrah Cobb led the team with five rebounds.

It was very aggressive start for both teams in the first five minutes before Rice to a 23-13 lead after one.

The second quarter saw PVAMU outscore the Owls 20-16 and going into the half only six points down (39-33) after two free throws by Tieuel. 

PVAMU went cold in the third quarter as Rice took full advantage, taking a lead that the Lady Panthers would have trouble coming back from.  Prairie View showed resiliency, however, outscoring the Owls 26-19 in the fourth quarter.

Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information

Alabama A&M 76, Southeastern Louisiana 74

HAMMOND, La. - Alabama A&M (5-5) outlasted Southeastern Louisiana to earn a 76-74 road victory Thursday afternoon at the Southeastern Louisiana University Center.

Three Lady Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by Lauren McKee's 17 points and six assists. Nigeria Jones scored 15 points and dished five assists, and Ashlyn Dotson scored 13 points with eight boards.

Taylin Underwood led SLU with 28 points.

The contest was a tale of two halves, with the Lady Lions controlling the matter through the first half. Alabama A&M made its move in the third quarter following a Jyar Francis lay-up that put Southeastern Louisiana ahead 41-35 with 8:22 left in the frame. From there, Jones and Jameica Cobb powered a 21-9 Lady Bulldog run to close the frame and give AAMU a 56-50 lead going to the final quarter.

Jones buried a jumper to make it 70-55 with 6:02 as Alabama A&M appeared poised to run away with things. SLU regrouped with a 17-2 run to tie it at 72, but Dotson knocked down a short jumper to push AAMU ahead 74-72 with 46 seconds left, and after Underwood converted both ends of a trip to the foul line, Jones made a free throw for the final margin as a Tyler Morrison three was off the mark for Southeastern Louisiana.

Alabama A&M made 17-of-30 (56.7 percent) from the field in the second half and outshot SLU 47.6 - 35.7 in the game.

Dayton 65, Mississippi Valley State 46

NEW ORLEANS - Mississippi Valley State (0-10) fell to Dayton 65-46 Thursday afternoon during the University of New Orleans Shootout Invitational.

Kristy Parker led the Devilettes with 17 points and nine rebounds. Reigning SWAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week LaKendra Bassett added 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Alex Harris and Jayla Scaife scored 15 points each to lead the Flyers, with Harris also adding 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Lauren Cannatelli scored 13 points.

After Dayton opened the game on a 6-0 run, Mississippi Valley regrouped with an 11-4 run capped by a Stormy Green three-pointer to take a one-point lead. The advantage was short-lived as the Flyers closed the quarter on a 9-2 run.

The Flyers pushed their lead to double-digits in a low-scoring second quarter, and Mississippi Valley -- which shot 29 percent from the floor in the game -- was unable to make up enough ground, getting no closer than 13 the rest of the way.

Towson 70, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 44

LAS VEGAS - A cold shooting display cost Arkansas-Pine Bluff during a 70-44 loss to Towson Thursday evening at South Point Arena during the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.

UAPB (2-7) scored the first five points of the game, with Noe'll Taylor converting a three-point play early. Towson claimed the upper hand with nine unanswered points en route to a 16-10 lead. Faith Ohanta and Taylor made consecutive lay-ups to bring the Lady Lions within a basket, but Towson went on to close the first quarter on a 10-0 run.

Akin to the first quarter, Arkansas-Pine Bluff started quickly in the second period with a 5-1 spurt to get within eight of the Lady Tigers, but Towson pushed ahead thanks to an 11-2 run, and UAPB was unable to provide enough resistance to keep Towson from the win

Towson shot 44.8 percent from the field and made 15-of-25 chances from the foul line. Arkansas Pine Bluff shot 23.7 percent from the field and went 14-for-21 from the foul line.

Destiny Brewton led UAPB with 10 points and six assists. Shawntayla Harris had eight points and 12 rebounds, the latter a game-high. Daijah Thomas led Towson with 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

New Orleans 72, Texas Southern 69

NEW ORLEANS - Texas Southern's five-game win streak came to a halt following a 72-69 loss to New Orleans Thursday night during UNO's Shootout tournament.

Joyce Kennerson led TSU (5-5) with 22 points and eight assists. Kaitlyn Palmer added 20 points with a 5-of-11 three-point shooting line. Camille Mills scored 10 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Randi Brown led New Orleans with 25 points. Shania Woods posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Alyssa Quixley chipped in 11 points.

Down 54-52 entering the final quarter, Texas Southern got a basket from Kennerson and a lay-up from Ashley Murray to go ahead 56-55. Woods scored on UNO's next possession to give the Privateers the lead, but Murray scored inside again to reclaim the advantage for TSU.

The Privateers then responded with a 12-2 run to go ahead 69-60 with 4:32 left. Kennerson converted 1-of-2 free throws, then found Palmer for a three-pointer that sparked a 6-0 run and got Texas Southern within a possession. Brown then gained some distance for UNO with a lay-up and a basket at the charity stripe. Palmer knocked down another three with 45 ticks left, but was off the mark for a potential game-tying trey with five ticks left.

The teams shot nearly identical totals from the floor, with UNO holding a slight edge (43.25-42.2) percentage-wise. TSU was out rebounded 42-34 and outscored 42-36 in the paint. 


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