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Women's Basketball Recaps: January 22

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 01/22/2018
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Alcorn State 73, Alabama State 41

LORMAN, Miss. - Tia Sanders and Alexus Freeman powered Alcorn State to a 73-41 victory over Alabama State at the Davey L. Whitney Complex in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action Monday night.

Sanders led Alcorn (9-10, 5-3 SWAC) with 23 points and five rebounds, on 9-of-15 shots from the floor. Freeman added 20 points, nine assists and six steals in the win.

Alabama State (4-14, 2-5 SWAC) managed to stay as close as three through the first quarter and traded baskets with the Lady Braves in the second, before Alcorn was able to use their defensive pressure to pull away for 31-20 halftime lead. The Lady Hornets fought back in the second half, but key free throw shooting and pressure from the Lady Braves held Alabama State off down the stretch.
Mya Milner led the Lady Hornets with 12 points and two steals off the bench, while hitting on 5-of-10 shots from the floor. Kayla Stephens recorded a career-high 11 rebounds.  The Lady Hornets shot 30.2 (16-of-53) percent from the floor, and 9.1 (1-of-11) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 47.1 (8-of-17) percent from the free throw line.
Alcorn State shot 47.2 (25-of-53) percent from the floor, and 38.5 (5-of-13) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 62.1 (18-of-29) percent from the free throw line and forced the Lady Hornets into a season-high 34 turnovers.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Southern 77, Alabama A&M 62

BATON ROUGE, La. - A fast start propelled Southern to a 77-62 triumph over Alabama A&M at the F.G. Clark Activity Center in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action Monday night.

Four Jaguars scored in double figures, led by Skylar O'Bear's 16 points. Alyric Scott scored 14 points and pulled down four rebounds. Briana Green added 12 points and four steals, and Jaden Towner netted 10 points. Briana Thompson pulled down 10 boards.

After a nip-and-tuck first quarter left Southern (8-9, 7-1 SWAC) ahead 20-16, an 11-2 run to open the second quarter extended its lead to double-digits. The Jaguars led by as many as 15 before a DeShawna Harper jumper from close allowed Alabama A&M (8-10, 3-4 SWAC) to close within 13 as the half ended. With Southern continuing to knock down shots, Alabama A&m was never able to make up ground as the Jaguars went on to push its advantage to as many as 24 points down the stretch.

Natalie Collins scored 15 to lead Alabama A&M. Ashlyn Dotson added 12 points, and Alexandra Dotson was a rebound shy of a double double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Southern shot 50 (29-of-58) percent from the floor, and 54.5 (6-of-11) percent from deep. Alabama A&M was limited to a 41.4 (24-of-58) percent clip from the floor.

Prairie View A&M 78, Mississippi Valley 73

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Shala Dobbins scored 30 points and dished out eight assists as Prairie View A&M outlasted Mississippi Valley 78-73 at the William J. Nicks Babydome during Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action Monday night.

La'Neique Nealey posted a double-double for Prairie View with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Talisha Presley added 19 points.

The contest ended up as a tale of two halves, with Prairie View (6-12, 4-3 SWAC) holding a 42-35 lead at the break, thanks in part to a 75 (18-of-24) percent shooting mark from the field. After Mississippi Valley (0-19, 0-6 SWAC) took a 31-29 lead following a Desiray Mosley lay-up, Dobbins scored five straight points to spark a 13-4 run to end the half for the Lady Panthers.

In the second half, PVAMU struggled from the field, connecting on just 35.3 (12-of-34) percent of its tries. The Devilettes managed to turn things around with hot shooting of its own, making 56 (14-of-25) percent of its field goals. Following a Presley three that put Prairie up 47-37 with 9:13 left in the third, the Devilettes, LaKendra Bassett took over the game, scoring nine points during a 15-5 Devilettes run that tied it at 52. Prairie View managed to push its lead to five prior to the end of third, and in the fourth pushed its lead to 11 on two separate occasions, only for Mississippi Valley to tie things up.

Bassett handed the Devilettes a 71-69 lead with 3:06 left, but Nealey tied it with a perfect trip at the foul line. Bassett and Dobbins traded baskets. but Dobbins sank a free throw and converted a lay-up with five ticks left as the Lady Panther defense preserved the win.

Bassett scored 32 to lead all players, adding five rebounds and three steals. Makayla Bonner posted 15 points and six rebounds for the Devilettes. Kristy Parker scored 13 points, and Kenya Arnold notched a double-double with 10 points, 12 boards and three assists.

Texas Southern 58, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 52

HOUSTON - Texas Southern shook off an ugly offensive performance, downing Arkansas-Pine Bluff 58-52 at the HPER Arena during Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action Monday night.

Joyce Kennerson and Kaitlyn Palmer led TSU (10-8, 5-2 SWAC) with 18 points each, though the duo combined to shoot just 11-of-36 from the floor. Kennerson added six boards and four assists.

The Lady Tigers threatned to blow the game open early as UAPB (3-14, 1-6 SWAC) shot just 3-of-10 during the first quarter. Texas Southern built a 17-7 lead but Trasity Totten sank two free throws to bring the Lady Lions' deficit to single digits. Neither side got much going in the second quarter, but the Lady Tigers managed to take a 27-19 advantage into the break.

After leading by double-digits for virtually the entire third quarter, Texas Southern was met with some resistance from Arkansas-Pine Bluff. After Kennerson sank two free throws to give TSU a 52-42 lead midway through the final quarter, UAPB managed to keep Texas Southern from connecting on a shot from the floor the rest of the way. However, the Lady Lions weren't able to sustain enough offensive pressure, as Texas Southern ultimately iced matters from the charity stripe.

Faith Ohanta and Destiny Brewton each scored 11 points. Shawntayla Harris added 10 points.

TSU was 22-of-35 from the free throw line, whereas Arkansas-Pine Bluff was 13-of-22. The Lady Lions outshot TSU 32.7 (18-of-55) percent to 30.8 (16-of-52) percent.