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Women's Basketball Recaps: January 8

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Release: 01/08/2018
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Grambling State 75, Alcorn State 68

LORMAN, Miss. - The Grambling State University women’s basketball team had four players reach double figures in scoring as the Lady Tigers held off a late Alcorn State run in a 75-68 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) win on Monday night at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.

The Lady Tigers (6-9 overall, 3-1 SWAC) led 24-8 after one quarter and 43-29 at the break. Alcorn State (5-10, 1-3) cut the margin to 53-50 after three periods, but could not get any closer.

Shakyla Hill led the way for the Lady Tigers with 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Jasmine Coleman registered a career-high 16 points, on 7-of-9 shooting, with five rebounds and five assists. Monisha Neal added 15 points, four boards, three assists and a pair of steals, while Ariel Williams chipped in with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Tia Sanders paced Alcorn State with a game-high 26 points, eight boards, four assists and two steals. Alexus Freeman registered 19 points, five assists and four steals, while Briana Tolliver chipped in with 11 points and nine boards.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Alabama State 64, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 53

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Hot shooting in the first half helped lift the Alabama State women's basketball team to a 63-54 victory over Arkansas Pine-Bluff in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) women's basketball action Monday afternoon at Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

Alabama State (4-11, 2-2 SWAC) won its second consecutive game at home and was led in scoring by Amber Hunt and Keimeshia Walker with 13 points each – a new career high for Hunt. Kayla Stephens added 8 rebounds and five points in the win.

The Lady Hornets built a 16-9 lead to start the second quarter behind 87.5 (7-of-8) percent shooting from the field and 75.0 (3-of-4) percent from beyond the arc. UAPB closed back within eight to cut the lead to 31-23 at halftime.

Alabama State shot 47.9 (23-of-48) percent from the floor and 58.3 (7-of-12) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 71.4 (10-of-14) percent from the free throw line in the win.

Malaik Muhammed led Arkansas Pine-Bluff (3-10, 1-2 SWAC) with 10 points while the Lady Lions connected on 26.9 (14-of-52) percent from the floor and 15.8 (3-of-19) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 74.2 (23-of-31) percent from the free throw line.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Alabama A&M 65, Mississippi Valley State 48

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Three Alabama A&M (7-8, 2-2 SWAC) notched double figures as the Lady Bulldogs downed Mississippi Valley State (0-15, 0-3) Monday evening at the T.M. Elmore Gymnasium.

Jameica Cobb, Lauren McKee and Nigeria Jones each scored 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs. Cobb notched a double-double with 12 rebounds, and McKee dished out four assists. Kenisha Tharpe put up 13 rebounds, six points and two blocked shots. Nine different AAMU players scored in the game.

Up 13-10 at the end of one, Alabama A&M started the second quarter with an 8-2 run. Mississippi Valley cut the deficit to four as Kristy Parker scored six points during a 7-1 run for the Devilettes. However, the Lady Bulldogs scored six unanswered points to go into the break up 29-19.

Alabama A&M controlled matters from there, leading by no less than 11 during the second half, over which the Lady Bulldogs shot 53.3 percent from the field. Meanwhile, MVSU was limited to a 29.8 percent clip from the floor (14-of-47).

Parker led the Devilettes with 18 points. LaKendra Bassett added 13 points.

Southern 86, Jackson State 76

BATON ROUGE, La. - A big night by Southern's Briana Green lifted the Jaguars (4-9, 3-1 SWAC) to an 86-76 win over Jackson State (8-5, 3-1) Monday night at F.G. Clark Activity Center, snapping JSU's seven-game conference win streak dating back to last season.

Green posted 31 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and three steals in the victory. Alyric Scott and Courtney Parsons each chipped in 12 points for Southern.

The Jaguars shot 55.9 percent (33-of-59) from the field, including a blistering 64.1 percent mark (25-of-39) during the first half.

Jackson State opened the contest on a 10-3 run, but Southern responded by scoring 26 of the game's next 30 points on its way to a 31-20 advantage heading to the second quarter. The Jaguars continued their offensive explosion, opening the frame on a 12-4 run and building a 61-42 lead at intermission.

The Lady Tigers showed some life in the third as Christina Ellis converted a steal into a lay-up to cut the deficit to nine, but Green buried a jumper on the other end as time expired in the quarter to restore a double-digit advantage for Southern. The Lady Tigers again clawed back into it, as free throws from Kawaii Perry brought them within three (78-75), but Southern scored eight of the game's final nine points to pull away.