Women's Basketball Recaps: November 10
Louisiana Tech 64, Grambling State 53
RUSTON, La. - Grambling State couldn’t recover from a cold-shooting day from the floor as Louisiana Tech picked up a 64-53 in the 2017-18 season opener on Friday morning at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Grambling State (0-1) shot 26.7 percent (16-of-60) from the floor and 25 percent (6-of-24) from behind the 3-point line.
Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Preseason Player of the Year, Shakyla Hll, and Jazmin Boyd each finished with 12 points to pace the Lady Tigers’ offense. Hill, who was 4-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, dished out a team-high six assists and registered four steals.
Alexus Malone led Louisiana Tech (1-0) with 17 points, nine rebounds, two steals and one assist. Kierra Anthony tallied 13 points, on 4-of-11 shooting and two 3-pointers, while Reauna Clever added 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Grambling State trailed 31-29, at the half, but opened the second half on a 5-1 run, capped by a Hill layup to take a 34-32 advantage with 7:19 remaining in the third quarter. The Lady Techsters quickly answered and took advantage of Grambling State’s cold shooting to use a 9-3 run to grab a 41-35 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Lady Tigers were 1-of-14 from the floor in the quarter, but shot 80 percent (4-of-5) from the free-throw line. Grambling State cut a double-digit Louisiana Tech lead to 51-45 after two free throws by Boyd with 5:07 remaining, but that would be as close as the Lady Tigers would get.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
Jackson State 79, Millsaps 41
JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson State opened the 2017-18 season with a 79-41 blowout victory over Millsaps College Friday morning at the Lee E. Williams Assembly Center.
The Lady Tigers (1-0) hounded Millsaps into 39 turnovers, limiting the Majors to 13-of-47 (27.7 percent) from the floor.
Derica Wiggins led Jackson State with 19 points, five steals, three rebounds and two assists. Wiggins was one of five Lady Tigers with at least two thefts in the game. Marneisha Hamer scored 13 points with four boards for JSU, and Bianca King added 12 points.
Rebecca Harris led Millsaps with seven points. Dia Fortenberry and Anna Thigpen each added six points, with Thigpen pulling down a game-high nine rebounds.
Jackson State dominated the contest from the opening tip, racing to a 26-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter and taking a 47-20 lead into te break. The Lady Tigers were never threatened in the game, as Millsaps got no closer than 29 for the remainder of the contest.
#4 South Carolina 99, Alabama State 31
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Alabama Statel fell to the defending national champion and fourth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks 99-31 at Colonial Life Arena to open the season Friday night.
Amber Hunt led Alabama State (0-1) with eight points, with a pair of three-pointers, while Victoria Harvey grabbed a team-high nine rebounds off the bench.
Alabama State was held to 20.4 (11-of-54) percent shooting from the floor, while connecting on 33.3 (3-of-9) percent from beyond the arc.
Meanwhile, Mikiah Herbert Harrigan led four South Carolina (1-0) players in double figures with 18 points. A’ja Wilson recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Lindsey Spann added 16 and Doniyah Cliney 15.
South Carolina shot 51.4 (37-of-72) percent from the floor and just 26.3 (5-of-19) percent from beyond the arc.
The night began with the Gamecocks receiving their national championship rings and the banner being unveiled inside the Colonial Life Arena.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications
Prairie View A&M 99, Texas-Tyler 56
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Dominique Newman led Prairie View A&M to a commanding 99-56 victory over Texas-Tyler to open the season at the William J. Nicks Babydome Friday night.
Newman scored 24 points -- on 9-of-15 shooting and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc -- grabbed nine rebounds dished out six assists, made six steals and blocked a shot for the Lady Panthers. Erin Willis added 21 points with five assists and four boards. Shala Dobbins scored 19 points to go with four assists and four steals, and Alexis Robinson added 10 points.
Prairie View A&M shot an impressive 60 percent from the floor (36-of-60) while limiting UTT to a 32.3 percent clip from the floor (21-of-65). In addition, the Lady Panthers pressured their opposition into 27 turnovers.
PVAMU (1-0) opened the game with a 30-13 first quarter explosion and never looked back. The Lady Panthers controlled the contest without much trouble, leading by at least 12 points the rest of the way.
Alcorn State 84, Southeastern Louisiana 77 (OT)
HAMMOND, La. - Tia Sanders scored a career-high 29 points, and Miracle Rushing recorded a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double as Alcorn State won in overtime 84-77 over Southeastern Louisiana Friday night at the University Center.
Sanders shot 8-18 from the field, 5-10 from beyond the arc, and 8-10 from the free-throw line to pace Alcorn in the victory. She added six rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals. Following Sanders in scoring was Alexus Freeman with 17 points. The SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year pulled down four boards with three assists and a steal. Rushing added three assists with a steal.
The Lady Braves (1-0) shot 25-69 (.362) from the field, 8-25 (.320) from beyond the arc, and 26-40 (.650) from the free-throw line. SLU went 26-75 (.347) from the floor, 9-26 (.346) from deep, and 16-26 (.615) at the line.
With the score tied at 70-70 late in the fourth quarter, SLU found itself at the line and made both of its shots with 19 ticks left on the clock. Alcorn wasn't done, though, as Rushing earned a trip to the charity stripe with two seconds remaining. She ended up making both attempts to tie the game again and force an extra period. In overtime, the teams went back-and forth before a Rushing layup and a pair of Freeman free-throws created some separation. SLU could not respond as the Lady Lions failed to make a shot and committed multiple turnovers, allowing Alcorn to start the season in the win column.
The Lady Lions jumped out to a 12-2 lead to start the game, but a pair of long-range scores by Sanders and one from junior guard Cloe Lane allowed Alcorn to pull to within 17-13. Junior guard Kristian Dewitt made it 17-16 as she went 1-2 from the line and followed with a jumper. The hosts answered with a bucket and Rushing sank a pair of free shots as the first quarter came to a close.
In the second quarter, the Lady Braves jumped out to a 35-28 lead but could not hold off SLU as the Lady Lions used a 10-1 run to close out the half and take a 40-38 lead at the break. Alcorn pulled away again in the second half, going up 54-47 with 6:36 to play in the third, but the home team scored seven unanswered to retake the lead. The Lady Lions were in control 65-60 heading into the final 10 minutes.
The Lady Braves scored more second-chance points (22-7). Both teams score 12 in the point. The game featured seven ties and 15 lead changes.
Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information
Wake Forest 73, Texas Southern 56
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A rough second quarter cost Texas Southern (0-1) in a 73-56 loss at Wake Forest Friday night in the LVJM Center.
Kaitlyn Palmer led TSU with 13 points. Niya Mitchell and Joyce Kennerson each chipped in 11 points. The Lady Tigers shot just 30.2 percent from the field (16-of-53), while the Demon Deacons made 50 percent of its tries from the floor (27-of-54).
Tyra Whitehead led Wake Forest with 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting, adding five boards.
After battling Wake Forest closely after one, the upset-minded Lady Tigers were done in by a cold shooting display during the second stanza. TSU was just 3-of-13 from the field, missing its first five chances from the floor. This allowed what was a 17-12 deficit to balloon into a double-digit lead, as Wake Forest led 39-22 at the break.
Texas Southern trailed by as many as 24, and despite matching Wake Forest in second half scoring (34-34), the Lady Tigers were unable to climb out of their early hole.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 71, Tougaloo 51
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - A balanced scoring effort led Arkansas-Pine Bluff to a 71-51 win over Tougaloo College Friday night at the H.O. Clemmons Arena.
The Lady Lions (1-0) saw 11 of its 12 players make at least one basket, led by Shawntayla Harris and Malaik Muhammad. Both players scored 12 points each. Faith Ohanta added 11 points and six boards in 20 minutes of action, as foul trouble limited her impact.
Montoria Atkinson notched a double-double for Tougaloo with 11 points and 16 rebounds.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff's defensive effort pestered Tougaloo into 34 turnovers, from which UAPB scored 23 points. The Lady Lions enjoyed a decisive advantage on the inside, as 42 of their 71 points came in the paint, compared to 16 for Tougaloo. Arkansas-Pine Bluff led by as many as 22 in the game.
Alabama 90, Alabama A&M 32
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama A&M (0-1) was limited to 24.6 percent shooting in a 90-32 loss at Alabama in Coleman Coliseum Friday night.
Alabama A&M was led by Alexandra Johnson, who delivered a double-double for the Lady Bulldogs (13 points, 14 rebounds) on 6-of-10 shooting. Ashlyn Dotson added eight points. It was a quiet night for AAMU guard Jameica Cobb, who was held scoreless on 0-of-7 shooting.
Ashley Williams and Ariyah Copeland led the Crimson Tide with 16 points each. Copeland also corraled 15 boards. Hannah Cook had 14 points with six steals.
Alabama A&M struggled to find the bottom of the net from the opening tip, shooting 1-of-14 from the floor in the first quarter and ultimately facing a 20-3 deficit at the end of the period. Alabama A&M was never able to mount a consistent offense, trailing 39-9 at the break and eventually facing a deficit as large as 62 points at one instance.