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Courtesy: Southern University Sports Information

Women's Basketball Recaps: January 1

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 01/01/2018
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Grambling State 78, Alabama A&M 49

GRAMBLING, La. - Led by Shakyla Hill, four Grambling State players scored in double-figures as the Lady Tigers (4-8, 1-0 SWAC) downed Alabama A&M (5-6, 0-1) 78-49 to open Southwestern Athletic Conference play Monday afternoon at Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Hill -- who shot 3-for-3 from the floor and 8-for-10 from the line -- posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 steals. She also dished out seven assists, grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot. Deja McKinney and Monisha Neal scored 13 points each, with Neal grabbing nine rebounds. Jazmine Torian added 11 points.

For the Lady Bulldogs, Kenisha Tharpe put up 12 points and 12 rebounds. 

Grambling State managed to hold reigning Freshman of the Year Jameica Cobb scoreless in the game, as the Lady Tigers outshot the Lady Bulldogs 55.3 percent - 25.3 percent from the field.

Alabama A&M started quickly from the field with the game's first five points before the first quarter gave way to back and forth action. Free throws from Neal allowed Grambling State to take a 20-16 lead to the second quarter after closing the first with five unanswered points

Grambling carried the momentum over to the second quarter, where Neal and Hill powered a 14-5 start to the stanza -- during which the duo scored 12 points. The Lady Tigers cruised from there, with a lead of no less than 20 over much of the second half.

Alcorn State 73, Prairie View A&M 72

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Alexus Freeman scored 24 points -- including the game's final four -- to lift Alcorn State (5-6, 1-0) to a 73-72 conference road win at Prairie View A&M (2-10, 0-1) Monday afternoon in the William J. Nicks Babydome.

Freeman also dished five assists and made five steals. Cloe Lane added 18 points and six rebounds, and Miracle Rushing posted a double-double with 14 rebounds and 11 points. Tia Sanders was limited to five points.

Shala Dobbins led Prairie View with 23 points and four assists. La'Neique Nealey added 15 points, seven rebounds, two steals, two assists and two blocks. Mariah Campbell chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Down 67-59 with 4:00 left in the game, the Lady Panthers set about on a furious comeback aided by Nealey and Dobbins. The twosome accounted for every point of an 11-0 run by Prairie View, with Dobbins sinking a layup and a free throw to make it 70-67 in favor of the Lady Panthers. Rushing converted a lay-up with 45 ticks left to bring Alcorn within one, but Dobbins responded with a bucket to push Prairie View back ahead by three with 34 seconds left.

After a short timeout, Freeman buried a three with 14 ticks to tie the game, and swiped the ball from Dobbins on the Lady Panthers' next possession, resulting in a foul on Nealey. Freeman sank the front end of her free throws to give Alcorn the one-point win.

Alcorn outrebounded PVAMU 48-33 in the game, though both sides shot nearly identical percentages from the floor, with the Lady Braves holding a slight edge (40.0 - 39.6).

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 64, Mississippi Valley State 59

ITTA BENA, Miss. - Behind a 19-point, 10-rebound effort by Faith Ohanta, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-8, 1-0 SWAC) fended off a Mississippi Valley State (0-14, 0-1) comeback attempt to win a 64-59 contest at R.W. Harrison HPER Arena Monday evening.

Malaik Muhammad added 17 points and five rebounds to aid the Lady Lions' cause. Shawntayla Harris swatted four shots.

UAPB went on an 8-0 run to open the first period, and Mississippi Valley's first points came at the hands of Makalya Bonner at 6:46. After being out paced in the opening minutes, the Devilettes unleashed an eight-point run of their own to tie the contest at 8-8 with 4:35 remaining in the quarter. The remaining time was spent with both teams attempting to outmaneuver the other and ending with a 17-17 score.

During the second and third quarters the momentum swung in favor of the Lady Lions as they were able to outscore the Devilettes 18-10 and 14-8 in the second and third quarters, respectively.  

Down 14 entering the fourth, the Devilettes pushed forward, twice getting within four of the Lady Lions. However, the Lady Lions iced matters from the charity stripe. Arkansas-Pine Bluff's bench scored 38 points, while the MVSU bench tallied 17. Mississippi Valley scored 21 points off turnovers.

LaKendra Bassett led the Devilettes with 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Kristy Parker tallied 14 points, five rebounds and one assist. Bonner had eight-points and eight rebounds.

MVSU Sports Information contributed to this report.

Jackson State 70, Alabama State 61

JACKSON, Miss. - Derica Wiggins scored 23 points to go with six rebounds as Jackson State (6-4, 1-0) defeated Alabama State (2-10, 0-1) 70-61 Monday night at Lee E. Williams Athletic Assembly Center during opening night of conference play.

Marneisha Hamer added 12 points for the Lady Tigers, and Christina Ellis posted 10 points, six steals, five rebounds and four assists.

Mya Milner led the Lady Hornets with 15 points, and Tatyana Calhoun had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Jackson State opened the contest with a 10-2 scoring run, eventually leading by as many as 13 before free throws from Milner and Kayla Stephens helped Alabama State close the gap to 24-17 at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Tigers pressed forward in the next period, as Chelsea Causey capped a 12-4 JSU run with a lay-up to make it 36-21. Down 10 after the break, Alabama State got within two after Pye sank a free throw to cap a stretch where the Lady Hornets outscored Jackson State by eight. Calhoun then gave Alabama State a 55-53 lead with a lay-up early in the fourth. Jackson State then reeled off eight unanswered points, but Stephens converted back-to-back layups to help cut the JSU lead to two (61-59) with 4:15 left.

However, Wiggins was the difference, nailing a trey on the Lady Tigers' next possession and ultimately scoring six points during a 9-2 JSU run that sealed the contest.

Southern 67, Texas Southern 57

HOUSTON - A big second-half propelled Southern (2-8, 1-0 SWAC) to a 67-57 win over Texas Southern (5-7, 0-1 SWAC) Monday Night at TSU's Health and Physical Education Arena.

Briana Green led the Jaguars with 20 points and seven rebounds. Samantha Duncan added 17 points.

Joyce Kennerson scored 21 points to pace Texas Southern. Isis Lane added 10 points and five rebounds.

Down 35-29 at the break, the Jaguars took control as they connected on 46.2 percent of their shots in the second half while clamping down Texas Southern to the tune of a 25.8-percent shooting clip over the final two quarters. By comparison, TSU made 44 percent of its shots in the first half while Southern shot just 28.6 percent from the field.

Southern trailed 42-36 after Taylor Robinson cashed in on a free throw, but Alyric Scott made a three-pointer to spark a 13-2 Southern run and give the Jaguars a 49-44 lead. Kennerson connected on two free throws to close the gap to three as the period ended.

The fourth quarter was dominated by Southern, as Duncan went 3-for-3 during a trip to the stripe and followed up with a trey to push the Jaguars' lead to double-digits -- an advantage that was never relinquished. Duncan accounted for nine points in the frame.