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Women's Basketball Recaps: February 24

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/24/2018
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Grambling State 73, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 63

GRAMBLING, La. - Shakyla Hill flirted with a triple double as she was one rebound shy as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team clinched home court for the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) opening round with a 73-63 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Hill, who registered a quadruple double on Jan. 3 against Alabama State, had 13 points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds at the break. She ended the day with 22 points, 11 assists, nine boards and seven steals to pace the Grambling State offense. Jazmin Boyd registered 17 points, on 5-of-10 shooting, with two assists and two rebounds, while Justice Coleman added 11 points, three rebounds and one assist.

Grambling State (14-12 overall, 11-4 SWAC), which captured its second consecutive victory, led for nearly the entire game as the Lady Tigers took a 21-10 advantage into the second quarter. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-20, 4-12) out-scored Grambling State in the second, 15-14, but trailed 35-25 at intermission. The Lady Golden Lions chipped away at the deficit in the third as the Lady Tigers took a 48-41 advantage into the final period.

Malik Muhammad paced Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 15 points, on 5-of-8 shooting, and five rebounds. Destiny Brewton tallied 13 points, a team-high seven assists, two boards and one steal, while Faith Ohanta chipped in with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff took an early, 8-6, lead after a 3-pointer by Muhammad, but Grambling State dominated the final six and half minutes of the first quarter, outscoring the Lady Golden Lions, 15-2, as Hill buried a 3-pointer from nearly half court as time expired to give Grambling State a 21-10 lead.

Grambling State pushed the advantage to as many as 15 points but Arkansas-Pine Bluff rallied and cut the margin to 35-25 at the break. The Lady Golden Lions continued to chip away at the deficit, trimming the margin to 37-33 after a free throw by Ohanta with 6:39 left in the third. The Lady Tigers responded with an 11-3 run.

Back came Arkansas-Pine Bluff as the Lady Golden Lions cut the margin to 48-41 at the end of three quarters. Arkansas-Pine Bluff never got any closer than six points.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Prairie View A&M 69, Alabama State 63

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Prairie View A&M (12-14, 10-5 SWAC) was victorious on Saturday afternoon beating Alabama State 69-63 at the William J. Nicks Building on Saturday afternoon.

Shala Dobbins led all scorers with 20 points on 5 of 14 shooting from the floor. Dominique Newman tallied 15 points, five rebounds, and four steals.  Talisha Presley added 14 points and three rebounds in 39 minutes of game action.

Ziara Doe led Alabama State (8-18, 6-9 SWAC) with a career-high 16 points on 46.6 (7-of-15) percent shooting from the floor and seven rebounds off the bench. Tatyana Calhoun also finished in double figures with 14 for the Lady Hornets, and added nine rebounds, while Kayla Stephens collected a career-high 13 rebounds and scored seven points.

The teams traded baskets and the lead during the opening minutes of play. A Dominique Newman layup with 3:21 to go in the first gave PVAMU a 12-9 advantage. The Lady Panthers outscored ASU 7-5 to close out the quarter with a 19-14 lead.

Prairie View started the second quarter off strong, scoring five quick points punctuated by a Newman three pointer to give the Lady Panthers a 24-14 lead with 7:44 to go in the half. 

Alabama State ultimately trailed by 13 in the first half before Doe scored eight unanswered points to cut the lead to 36-29 going into halftime. The Lady Hornets started the second half on a 6-0 run to come within one, 36-35, before Prairie View A&M answered back, outscoring ASU 18-6 in the following 7 minutes of play on its way to a 55-45 lead heading to the final quarter.

The Lady Hornets clawed back into the game in the fourth, eventually cutting the lead to 66-63 with a minute to go in regulation.  The Lady Panthers buckled down defensively in the final minutes, and a pair of converted Dobbins free throws put the game away for the Lady Panthers.

Courtesy: PVAMU Athletics Communications and Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Texas Southern 60, Alabama A&M 43

HOUSTON – The Lady Tigers of Texas Southern University overwhelmed Alabama A&M in the fourth quarter Saturday to claim a 60-43 win on a historic night for the program and TSU guard Joyce Kennerson.

Kennerson scored a game-high 31 points, and in doing so, became only the third women’s basketball player in Texas Southern history to eclipse 1,500 points for her career.

Kennerson shot 9-of-17 from the floor Saturday, which included making two out of her four 3-point attempts; she was also 11-of-15 from the free throw line. She score 20 points in the first half, and added nine more in the fourth quarter as TSU outscored the Lady Bulldogs 21-4 in the final 10 minutes. Kennerson’s 3-pointer 18 seconds into the fourth quarter put her at the 1,500-point mark.

The Lady Tigers’ 21-4 fourth quarter burst open what had been a very close game between two of the top three defensive teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Lady Tigers (16-10, 11-4 SWAC) entered the game allowing the fewest points per game in the conference, while Alabama A&M ranked third in the league.

Natalie Collins and Ashlyn Dotson scored nine points apiece to lead Alabama A&M (10-16, 5-10 SWAC).

Courtesy: TSU Sports Information

Southern 75, Alcorn State 55

LORMAN, Miss. - After an even first quarter, Southern took over with a 20-point second and outscored the Alcorn State University women's basketball program 21-8 in the final 10 minutes as the Lady Braves (11-16, 7-9 SWAC) dropped a 75-55 contest Saturday at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.

Alexus Freeman made 9-17 on the night, including a 2-5 effort from long-range, and went a perfect 2-2 at the free-throw line to finish with a team-high 22 points. Cloe Lane she posted 13 points off the bench, including 3-5 from distance, and added four rebounds with a block in 15 minutes of action. Jada Hargrove contributed seven points and four rebounds with two assists and two steals. Briana Green led the Jaguars (14-11, 13-3 SWAC) with 17 points and nine boards. Samantha Duncan and Alyric Scott added 11 points each, and Jaden Towner netted 10 points.

Alcorn opened the scoring with a Freeman three-pointer and a Hargrove layup, but a Duncan three-ball highlighted a 9-3 swing by the visitors. After trading the lead several times, a 5-0 run by the Lady Braves put them on top 17-13. SU knotted the score at 17-17 with just over a minute left and the teams traded late buckets to end the first quarter.

SU took over in the second courtesy of a 16-2 run that gave the Lady Jags a 39-26 advantage with 2:22 left in the first half. Lane snapped a three-minute Alcorn scoring drought with a jumper at the 1:19 mark, then knocked down a trey with :18 on the clock and the teams went into the break with the guests up 39-31.

The Lady Braves did outscore SU 16-15 in the third quarter and pulled to within 52-47 on another Lane deep ball with less than a minute on the clock, but Courtney Parsons scored a jumper and SU went into the final 10 minutes ahead 54-47.

Freeman twice cut the visitor lead down to five points, making a pair of charity shots to close the gap 56-51 with 7:35 left in the game. However, the Jaguars took off again, pushing their lead to double digits with a 17-2 run that took the clock down to 1:45. The teams then traded baskets for the final tally.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Jackson State 68, Mississippi Valley State 67

JACKSON, Miss. - Marneisha Hamer sank the game-winning layup with one second left on the clock to lift Jackson State (13-11, 8-7 SWAC) to a 68-67 victory over Mississippi Valley State (2-26, 2-14 SWAC) Saturday afternoon in the Lee E. Williams Athletic Assembly Center during Southwestern Athletic Conference action.

Hamer led JSU with 16 points and seven rebounds. Mariah Smelser added 15 points and seven rebounds. Christina Ellis was held to seven points and seven rebounds.

Kenya Arnold paced Mississippi Valley with 14 points and eight rebounds. Makayla Bonner scored 12 points and chipped in five rebounds. Desiray Mosley posted 11 points, and Sydney Floyd added 10. LaKendra Bassett put up 11 rebounds, nine points and eight assists.

Down 52-48 entering the fourth, Mississippi Valley surged ahead thanks to a 10-2 run capped by a Mosley three-ball over the first 2:39 of the quarter to take a 58-54 lead. Back-to-back lay-ups by Smelser and Ellis put Jackson State ahead, but just briefly before the game became knotted at 59 with 5:@3 left. The sides traded baskets -- and the lead -- the rest of the way, until Oshaela Gray knocked down a three for the Lady Tigers to give them a 66-64 lead with 1:25 left.

Mosley answered in kind to push MVSU ahead 67-66 with just over a minute left, but Gray made a steal off of a Bonner offensive rebound with 12 ticks left and found Hamer for the winning basket. With the win, Jackson State keeps its slim hopes for a first-round home game alive, despite Grambling State's win earlier.