Women's Basketball Recaps: February 5
Grambling State 68, Alcorn State 51
GRAMBLING, La. - Shakyla Hill and Jazmin Boyd scored 42 of the Grambling State University women’s basketball’s 68 points as the Lady Tigers swept the season series from Alcorn State, 68-51, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Monday night at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Grambling State (11-11 overall, 8-3 SWAC), which extended their win streak to four games, were tied with Alcorn State (9-13, 5-6) at eight after the end of the first quarter, but were able to take a 28-23 advantage into the break. The Lady Tigers out-scored the Lady Braves in the third, 19-14, and led by as many as 20 points in the final quarter to pick up the victory.
Hill led the way for the Lady Tigers with 22 points, six rebounds, six assist, and four steals, while Boyd added 20 points, four rebounds, one assist and one block.
Cloe Lane paced Alcorn State with 14 points, three rebounds and two steals, while De’Asia Brown added 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Grambling State held a slim 37-35 advantage after a bucket by Miracle Rushing with 3:30 left in the third quarter. However, the Lady Tigers closed out the period on a 10-2 run to take a 47-37 lead into the final quarter.
Grambling State extended the lead to 60-42 after a layup by Boyd with 4:32 remaining and Alcorn State could never recover.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
Alabama A&M 57, Mississippi Valley State 49
ITTA BENA, Miss. - The Alabama A&M University Women's Basketball team secured a 57-49 win over Mississippi Valley Delta Devilettes Monday evening at the Harrison HPER Complex.
The win improves the Lady Bulldogs to a 9-13 overall record and 4-7 in the SWAC. MVSU falls to 1-22 overall and 1-10 in league play.
The Devilettes established what would be their largest and last lead of the game in the opening minutes, as the Lady Bulldogs trailed by two with 5:26 on the clock. A jumper by AAMU's sophomore guard Lauren McKee would give the Lady bulldogs a 23-20 lead in the closing of the second quarter.
Mississippi Valley attempted to move in and close the scoring gap in the beginning of the third quarter, cutting the Lady Bulldogs deficit to three on three different occasions throughout the quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs were able to take a four-point lead, 35-31, at the end of the third quarter.
AAMU maintained their momentum in the final quarter, taking a 13-point lead, 50-37, midway through to eventually secure the 57-49 win.
Natalie Collins led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points and pulled down seven boards. Aubriana Bonner and Tierra Dark each added eight points for the Lady Bulldogs. Alexandra Johnson led the Lady Bulldogs in rebounding with 10.
MVSU’s LaKendra Bassett and Makayla Bonner each contributed 12 points for MVSU. Kristy Parker added 11 points.
Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 55, Alabama State 53
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Shawntayla Harris sank the go-ahead lay-up with 13 seconds left to lift Arkansas-Pine Bluff to a 55-53 win over Alabama State Monday evening during Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action at the H.O. Clemmons Arena.
UAPB (5-16, 3-8 SWAC) held a 28-27 lead going into the second half, but a three-pointer by Gipson gave the Lady Hornets a 34-30 advantage halfway through the third. The teams traded baskets in the fourth, until a lay-up by Destiny Brewton put the Lady Lions up 48-42 with 7:02 left in the game.
Alabama State (6-16, 4-7 SWAC) reeled off six unanswered points as Tatyana Calhoun put two baskets home to sandwich a perfect trip to the line by Kayla Stephens. The Lady Hornets later grabbed a 53-52 lead in one of two free throws by Gipson, before missing a three-pointer with 26 seconds remaining that allowed UAPB to have a chance to take the lead in the final seconds.
After Harris’ lay-up, the Lady Hornets missed a potential game-winning shot in the final seconds that was rebounded by UAPB’s Malaik Muhammad who sealed the game at the free throw line with one second remaining.
Calhoun led the way for Alabama State (6-16, 4-7 SWAC) with 18 points on 80 (8-of-10) percent shooting from the floor. Arleatha Gipson scored a career-high 13 points, while Kenya Pye added nine points and Shamyiah Smith dished out six assists.
Brewton and Kye Richardson led the Lady Lions 11 points each, while Harris added 10 points and eight rebounds.
UAPB shot 33.3 (19-of-57) percent from the floor, and 27.8 (5-of-18) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 50.0 (12-of-24) percent from the free throw line. For the contest, Alabama State shot 40.0 (22-of-55) percent from the floor, and 21.1 (3-of-13) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 60.0 (6-of-10) percent from the free throw line.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications
Southern 68, Jackson State 58
JACKSON, Miss. - Eleven different players scored for Southern as the Jaguars defeated Jackson State 68-58 to retain sole possession of the top spot in conference standings Monday night at the Lee E. Williams Athletic Assembly Center.
Samantha Duncan scored a team-best 13 points with eight rebounds for the Jaguars (10-10, 9-2 SWAC). Skylar O'Bear and Courtney Parsons scored nine points each. Briana Green narrowly missed a double-double with 10 rebounds, eight points and four assists.
Southern pushed ahead early on the strength of a 12-4 run to start the game en route to a 25-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter. After leading by as many as 18 and taking a 15-point lead into the lockers, the Jaguars nearly squandered it as Jackson State (12-8, 7-4 SWAC) dominated the third frame.
Christina Ellis scored 12 of her Jackson State-leading 16 points during an 18-6 Lady Tiger run that brought JSU within five. Derica Wiggins later buried a trey with 12 ticks left to cut Southern's lead to four (51-47) heading to the fourth.
Jackson State got within a basket of Southern on two occasions, but Southern pulled away when -- after Ellis sank a jumper to bring Jackson State within one at the midpoint of the stanza -- Jaden Towner answered with a three-pointer, and O'Bear scored five points during an 11-3 Southern run that virtually sealed the deal for the Jaguars.