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Women's Basketball Recaps: January 29

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Release: 01/29/2018
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Grambling State 64, Mississippi Valley State 62

ITTA BENA, Miss. - Shakyla Hill scored 11 of her team-high 20 points in the first half as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team held on for a 64-62 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) win against Mississippi Valley State on Monday night at the R.W. Harrison Complex.

Grambling State (9-11 overall, 6-3 SWAC) trailed 14-11 after one quarter, but dominated the second, 23-12, to take a 34-26 advantage into the third quarter. The Lady Tigers led 54-42 after three, but the Devilettes made a big comeback and cut the deficit to one with 40 seconds left, before Grambling State pulled out the win.

Hill nearly finished with a double-double as she led the Lady Tigers with 20 points, on 7-of-11 shooting, with nine rebounds, seven assists, five steals and one blocked shot. Justice Coleman added a career-high 18 points and four boards.

Kristy Parker led Mississippi Valley State (1-20, 1-8) with 22 points, seven boards, three steals and a pair of assists. LaKendra Bassett tallied 15 points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists, while Kenya Arnold led the way on the glass with 11 rebounds.

After falling behind by double-digits, Mississippi Valley State slowly chipped away at the Grambling State lead and cut the deficit to 60-58 after a Bassett layup with 1:28 left. However, Hill answered with a 3-pointer on Grambling State’s next offensive possession to give the Lady Tigers a 63-58 advantage with 55 seconds remaining.

The Devilettes trimmed the margin to 63-62 after a three-point play by Bassett with 39 seconds left. However, Neal was fouled with 10 seconds remaining and she made 1-of-2 from the foul line to give Grambling State a 64-62 lead.

Mississippi Valley State had a chance to tie the game, but Bassett’s layup with six seconds left was off target and Coleman grabbed the round as the Lady Tigers escaped with the victory.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Texas Southern 71, Alabama State 39

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Lady Tigers of Texas Southern University held Alabama State scoreless for nearly eight minutes during the second and third quarters Monday as they cruised to a 71-39 win over the Lady Hornets.

At ASU’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome, TSU’s Joyce Kennerson scored a game-high 26 points while teammate Kaitlyn Palmer chipped in 23 points to lead the Lady Tigers (12-8) to their sixth consecutive win. TSU improved closed out the first round of Southwestern Athletic Conference play with a 7-2 record.

Victoria Harvey and Shamyiah Smith scored six points apiece for Alabama State (5-15, 3-6 SWAC).

Kennerson’s 26 points and three assists moved her past a former teammate on two of Texas Southern’s all-time statistical lists. Her 7-of-15 shooting (along with making 10 of 12 free throws) pushed her career points total to 1,375, passing Brianna Sidney (1,369, 2013-2016) for fourth all-time in TSU history.

The three assists by Kennerson gave her 216 for her career, eclipsing Sidney’s 215 for ninth on TSU’s all-time list.

After Harvey converted a layup with 6:08 remaining in the first half to cut TSU’s lead to 21-15, the Lady Tigers outscored their hosts 12-0 for the duration of the second quarter to take a 33-15 lead into halftime. TSU held the Lady Hornets scoreless for another minute and 23 seconds into the third period.

The three points allowed in the second quarter were the fewest allowed in a single period by the Lady Tigers, who give up the fewest points per game in the SWAC. In the meantime, the Lady Tigers built a comfortable lead, and only allowed Alabama State within 20 points for the duration of the game.

Taylor Robinson chipped in eight points for the Lady Tigers, while Camille Mills scored three points and pulled in a team-high seven rebounds. Mills also tallied a career-high five steals in the game.

Kennerson’s 26 points pushed her season average to 25.3 points per game, which is a half-point per game ahead of Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell.

Monday’s 32-point victory over Alabama State was TSU’s biggest win over the Lady Hornets since a 74-40 win in Houston on Jan. 28, 2013. The win was also the largest margin of victory the Lady Tigers have ever recorded over Alabama State in Montgomery since the start of the NCAA women’s basketball era in 1981.

Courtesy: TSU Sports Information

Prairie View A&M 55, Alabama A&M 48

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Prairie View A&M women’s basketball team defeated Alabama A&M University 55-48 on Monday night at the T.M. Elmore Gym.

Shala Dobbins led the Lady Panthers (7-13, 5-4 SWAC) in scoring, registering 20 points in 35 minutes of action. Dominique Newman tallied 16 points on 50 percent shooting from beyond the three point arc.

The contest began with both squads trading baskets in the early going. La’Neique Nealey drained a jump shot to give the Lady Panthers a two point lead with 5:11 left in the opening quarter.  The game would remain tight throughout the quarter, ending the frame 16-15 in favor of PVAMU.

The start of the second quarter was much like the first, as the two teams continued to battle for the lead, with neither gaining much of an advantage. With 5:52 remaining in the half, the game was all knotted at 20. Prairie View would finish the half strong, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs (8-12, 3-6 SWAC) 10-6 to close out the half. The scoring spurt was keyed by baskets by Newman and Dobbins.  As halftime was set to begin the Lady Panthers were in possession of a 30-24 lead.

PVAMU continued their strong play during the third quarter, playing strong defense and converting high percentage attempts on the offensive end. The quality play from the Lady Panthers allowed them to take a lead as large as 15 multiple times during the quarter. Timely buckets from Dobbins, Nealey, Jhyrah Cobb, and Alexus Robinson keyed an impressive third quarter performance by PVAMU.  As the third frame came to a close, the Lady Panthers held a double digit advantage 47-34.

The Lady Panthers remained in control during the opening minutes of the final quarter. Prairie View A&M took a 12 point lead with 9:10 left on a converted Newman layup.  However, AAMU would claw their way back into the contest, cutting the PVAMU advantage to 49-44 with 4:10 remaining in regulation. The Lady Panthers would respond, allowing the Lady Bulldogs to only score four points down the stretch, while knocking down key baskets and free throws to secure the victory.

Natalie Collins led AAMU with 12 points, grabbing four rebounds. Nigeria Jones added eight points, six boards and four assists.

Courtesy: PVAMU Sports Information

Jackson State 60, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 54

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - A balanced scoring attack led by Marneisha Hamer and Derica Wiggins allowed Jackson State to outlast Arkansas-Pine Bluff 60-54 Monday night in Southwestern Athletic Conference action at the H.O. Clemmons Arena.

Hamer scored 13 points to lead the Lady Tigers (11-7, 6-3 SWAC), adding eight rebounds and two steals. Wiggins added 10 points, seven boards, four assists and three steals. In all, 11 different players scored for Jackson State.

After a strong first-half left Jackson State ahead 42-30, the Lady Tigers struggled to put away the Lady Lions (3-18, 1-8 SWAC) in the second half as both sides sputtered offensively. Jackson State took a 49-39 lead into the final quarter, but Arkansas-Pine Bluff made a run late.

UAPB's Faith Ohanta sparked a quick 6-0 run with a lay-up, but after a perfect trip to the line by Noe'll Taylor made it 53-48 JSU with 3:41 left, Katie Hunt managed to tip-in a basket to push Jackson State ahead by seven. Hunt went on to score five of the Lady Tigers' final seven points as UAPB was unable to make a shot from the field over the final two minutes of the game.

Ohanta posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards to lead Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Destiny Brewton added 11 points. Jackson State shot just 32.3 percent from the field (20-of-62), but managed to limit UAPB to a 27.6 percent clip from the floor (16-of-58). The Lady Lions went 1-of-21 from beyond the arc.

JSU outrebounded UAPB 59-38, overcoming 27 committed turnovers -- while forcing 24 of them against UAPB.