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Women's Basketball Recaps: February 26

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/26/2018
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Texas Southern 76, Alabama State 48

HOUSTON - Behind a 28-point effort from Joyce Kennerson, Texas Southern cruised to a 76-48 victory over Alabama State in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action at the HPER Arena Monday night.

With the win, the defending SWAC Tournament Champion Lady Tigers officially clinched a top-4 seed and a first-round home game in the upcoming SWAC Tournament. Kaitlyn Palmer added 16 points for TSU on four three-pointers.

Texas Southern (17-10, 12-4 SWAC) started the contest with a 14-2 run and never looked back from there. A dominant first half of play led to a 40-18 advantage at halftime, and Texas Southern led by as many as 30 at one point in the game.

Shamiyah Smith led Alabama State (8-19, 6-10 SWAC) with a career-high 14 points on 3-of-7 shooting from the floor and knocked down 7-of-8 shots from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Courtney Lee finished with seven points, six rebounds and two steals.

Ziara Doe and Victoria Harvey each chipped in six points off the bench for the Lady Hornets who shot 23.4 (11-of-47) percent from the floor and 7.7 (1-of-14) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 71.4 (25-of-35) percent from the free throw line.

Texas Southern shot 37.3 (22-of-59) percent from the floor and 31.6 (6-of-19) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 70.3 (26-of-37) percent from the free throw line. Despite the loss, Alabama State is assured a tournament spot and will be seeded no lower than seventh.

Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications contributed to this report.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 66, Jackson State 60

JACKSON, Miss. - Faith Ohanta put up a 22-point, 13-rebound effort as Arkansas-Pine Bluff kept its tournament hopes alive with a 66-60 win over Jackson State Monday night in the Lee E. Williams Athletic Assembly Center during Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action.

Destiny Brewton added 11 points, seven boards and two steals for UAPB (7-20, 5-12 SWAC), who used a massive second half to turn the tide in its favor. Entering the third down 37-24, Arkansas-Pine Bluff outscored Jackson State 16-7 to get within four of the Lady Tigers.

Christina Ellis opened the fourth quarter with consecutive lay-ups for Jackson State. After a Derica Wiggins free throw left UAPB down 54-48 with 4:26 left, the Lady Lions reeled off a 14-0 run over the next four minutes as Ohanta, Brewton and Shawntayla Harris dominated the contest during this span for Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Wiggins and D'Asia Mitchell knocked down back-to-back threes to get within four but UAPB managed to ice the game from the free throw line.

Wiggins and Ellis each scored 13 points to lead Jackson State (13-12, 8-8 SWAC), which lost a chance at a top-4 seed as a result of the loss.

Grambling State 64, Mississippi Valley State 55

GRAMBLING, La. - Shakyla Hill notched a stat-stuffing double-double as Grambling State held off Mississippi Valley State 64-55 Monday night during Southwestern Athletic Conference action Monday night at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Hill led the way with 21 points, 10 boards, six assists and three steals. Grambling (15-12, 12-4 SWAC) clinched a top-4 seed and the right to host a first-round game in the upcoming SWAC tournament with the victory.

The Lady Tigers dominated early on as Monisha Neal scored eight of her 11 points in the first five minutes of the contest to power the team to a 17-4 lead en route to a 23-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Grambling maintained a double-digit hold on the game throughout the first half, going into the lockers up 34-16.

From there, Mississippi Valley (2-27, 2-15 SWAC) struggled to make a dent into Grambling's lead until the fourth, where two three-balls from Sydney Floyd aided a 13-3 Devilette run that trimmed a 47-30 Lady Tiger lead to just seven with 4:38 left. Jazmin Boyd and Hill responded for Grambling, as the former scored seven of her 13 points as part of a 12-4 Grambling run that ultimately sealed the game. 

LaKendra Bassett scored 13 points with four rebounds, four assists and three steals for MVSU. Kenya Arnold added 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals, and Makayla Bonner added 11 points and four rebounds.

Prairie View A&M 84, Alabama A&M 73

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Shala Dobbins scored 29 points as Prairie View A&M won its fifth-straight -- and seventh of their last eight -- with a 84-73 victory over Alabama A&M Monday night during Southwestern Athletic Conference action in the William J. Nicks Babydome.

Prairie View (13-14, 11-5 SWAC) wrapped up the final top-4 seed with the win and will host a first-round game on March 6 when the 2018 SWAC Tournament begins. Dobbins went 14-of-16 from the line, giving her 257 free-throws made this season and keeping her on pace to set a NCAA record for most free-throws made in a single season (280).

Alabama A&M (10-17, 5-11 SWAC) got four quick points from Tierra Dark to open the game as part of a 6-0 start to matters, and the Lady Bulldogs shook off a Prairie View charge to remain ahead as the first quarter ended, though Dobbins buried a three-pointer with three ticks left in the frame.

The Lady Bulldogs pushed its lead to as many as seven thanks to a 11-1 run powered by Lauren McKee and Aubriana Bonner. However, Dobbins and Dominique Newman asserted themselves down the stretch of the first half as the Lady Panther duo combined for 13 points during a 17-6 run to close the half, giving Prairie View a 37-34 lead at the break.

Neither side gained much distance in the third, but Nigeria Jones gave some momentum to AAMU with four points in the final 90 seconds of the third to put the Lady Bulldogs within one possession of Prairie View. Alabama A&M got within a point (57-56) of PVAMU with just over eight minutes left, but the Lady Panthers' Talisha Presley went off for 11 points in a span of two minutes -- including three treys -- to ultimately slam the door on Alabama A&M's comeback hopes. Prairie View iced matters from the free throw line.

Presley ended the night with 21 points, and Newman added 16. McKee led AAMU with 23 points, Bonner added 13, and Jones scored 12.