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Courtesy: Sterling Randle, Southern Miss Athletics Communications

Women's Basketball Recaps: November 16

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 11/16/2017
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Jackson State 76, Illinois-Chicago 63

CHICAGO - Three Jackson State (2-1) players scored in double figures as the Lady Tigers pulled away from Illinois-Chicago to the tune of a 76-63 triumph at UIC Pavilion Thursday night.

Derica Wiggins scored 15 points to lead the way. Sumer Williams added 12 points, eight boards and three assists. Christina Ellis also scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Brittany Byrd led UIC with 20 points and seven boards. Taylor Toney chipped in 16 points and five rebounds, and Gabryelle Johnson posted a double-double with 13 points and 18 rebounds.

Jackson State managed to cash in on several UIC turnovers, scoring 44 off of the 33 turnovers the Lady Tigers forced. After shaking off a 14-4 deficit in the first quarter to snatch the lead on the strength of a 14-2 run to close the quarter, Jackson State took control in the second. There, Ellis and Wiggins keyed a 14-3 close to the half for the Lady Tigers, who led 38-27. Jackson State led by no less than five the rest of the way.

Xavier 72, Grambling State 67

CINCINNATI, Ohio - Deja McKinney dropped in a career-high 21 points and Shakyla Hill dished out a career-high 10 assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Grambling State nearly rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit on Thursday night in falling to Xavier 72-67 at the Cintas Center.

The Lady Tigers (1-2) trailed 20-14 after one quarter and 39-34 at the break. Grambling State closed the gap to 51-48 at the end of three quarters, but Xavier was too much and led 66-54 with 3:56 remaining before the Lady Tigers made a 13-6 run to close out the game. McKinney led all scorers with game-high five 3-pointers. Hill registered a double-double of 13 points and a career-high 10 assists. Also, she added six steals, six rebounds and one blocked shot.

Jada Byrd paced the Musketeers (3-0) with 18 points, including 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. Imani Partlow tallied a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Aaliyah Dunham recorded 11 points. The Musketeers raced out to an early 8-2 lead after an Ashley Gomez 3-pointer, but the Lady Tigers answered with a 10-2 run capped by a pair of free throws by Laneisha Jeans to grab a 12-11 advantage.

After McKinney sank a buzzer beater to end the first half -- at which point Xavier led 39-33 -- Grambling State tied the contest at 48 after a bucket by McKinney with 37 seconds left in the third frame. Xavier scored the next eight points, capped by a Byrd layup to take a 56-48 advantage with 7:49 left, but Grambling cut it to 56-52 after a layup by McKinney with 6:48 remaining. However, the Musketeers used a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to grab a 66-54 advantage and a late Lady Tiger rally fell short.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Southern Miss 84, Mississippi Valley State 69

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Despite a 30-point effort from guard Kristy Parker, Mississippi Valley State (0-2) faded down the stretch during a 84-69 loss at Southern Miss Thursday night in Reed Green Coliseum.

Desiray Mosley added 16 points for the Devilettes. Parker was an efficient 9-of-17 from the floor. Three Lady Eagle players scored in double figures, with Jayla King leading Southern Miss with 19 points, 17 rebounds and four assists. Shonte Hailes scored 18 points, and Alarie Mayze also recorded a double-double with 14 points, 10 boards and five helpers.

Down 38-37 at the break, the Devilettes' valiant outing sputtered due to a bout of cold shooting in the third. Southern Miss opened the frame on a 9-0 run that pushed its lead to double-digits. A three-ball from Mosley brought Mississippi Valley within one possession (51-48), but the Lady Eagles closed the half on a 13-6 scoring advantage.

Southern Miss pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Mississippi Valley 16-7 over the first 6:43 of the final period. The Devilettes got no closer than 15 the rest of the way.

Troy 93, Alabama State 63

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Shamyiah Smith led a pair of players in double figures for Alabama State, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the hot-shooting from Troy, as Alabama State fell to the Trojans 93-63 at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome in non-conference action Thursday night.

Smith led Alabama State (1-2) with 12 points and four assists, while hitting on 5-of-10 shots from the floor. Kayla Stephens also added 10 points. Kenya Pye and Aliyah Nelson led Alabama State with five rebounds.

Alabama State shot 37.3 (22-of-59) percent from the floor, and 21.4 (3-of-14) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 55.2 (16-of-29) percent from the free throw line.

Meanwhile, Amber Rivers led Troy (2-0) with 24 points and 10 rebounds, on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. Harriett Winchester added 10 points in the win.

Troy shot 43.1 (31-of-72) percent from the floor, and 42.1 (8-of-19) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 76.7 (23-of-30) percent from the free throw line.

Alabama State held the lead through the first quarter and traded baskets with the Trojans in the second, before Troy was able to use pressure to pull away for 43-29 halftime lead. The Lady Hornets fought back in the second half, but key free throw shooting and pressure from the Trojans held Alabama State off down the stretch.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 81, Philander Smith College 73

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Faith Ohanta dropped a 30-point, 13-rebound performance to aid Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-0) in staving off a late comeback attempt by Philander Smith College during a 81-73 Lady Lions win Thursday night in H.O. Clemmons Arena.

Ohanta added three steals and two blocks. Shawntayla Harris also put up a double-double for UAPB with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Destiny Brewton was an assist shy of a double-double with 10 points, nine assists and five steals. Malaik Muhammad also scored 10 points.

Terralynn Dominick scored 27 points with six assists and eight steals to lead Philander Smith College. Honchea Thornton scored 15 points and grabbed six bounds.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff had control of the contest with a 56-44 lead to start the fourth, but PSC opened the final period with a 19-5 scoring run that left the Lady Lions trailing 63-61 with 6:03 left. UAPB tied it on its next possession with a Brewton lay-in, and after the sides traded baskets -- and the advantage -- Brewton asserted herself, ultimately scoring seven of her 10 points in the final six minutes of the game. Two free throws from Harris gave UAPB a 72-71 lead and the Lady Lions outscored PSC 9-2 from there to seal it.


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