Women's Basketball Recap: November 17
Alcorn State 76, Blue Mountain 35
LORMAN, Miss. - Five Lady Braves scored in double digits as Alcorn State improved to 3-0 in a 76-35 wire-to-wire victory over Blue Mountain College Friday night at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.
Tia Sanders scored 18 points with seven rebounds to lead the Lady Braves. She shot 9-11 (81.8 percent) from the field, including 1-4 (25.0 percent) from beyond the arc, and added a career-high seven rebounds with four assists and a pair of steals. Close behind was Alexus Freeman with 17 points, five boards, seven assists, and a career-high seven steals. Also reaching double-digit points were Cloe Lane with 15 and Miracle Rushing and Kristian Dewitt with 10 each.
As a team, the Lady Braves shot 34-66 (51.5 percent) from the floor, 4-12 (33.3 percent) from long-range, and 4-6 (66.7 percent) at the charity stripe.
Alcorn's defense played a big role in the game as the Lady Braves forced 26 turnovers and grabbed 19 steals. The team also controlled the glass, out-rebounding the visitors 40-29.
Rushing opened the scoring with a steal and fast-break layup and Sanders followed with a jumper early in the opening period. After the Lady Toppers (0-6) scored a basket coming out of the 4:34 media timeout, Alcorn took off on a 12-0 run, highlighted by a pair of Lane three balls, to pull ahead 22-6. The teams then traded baskets to end the first 10 minutes of play.
The Lady Braves really stepped up the pressure in the second quarter, holding BMC to just three points on 1-12 (8.3 percent) shooting from the field and a 1-2 effort at the line. Alcorn added 21 to their total to head into the break with a comfortable 45-12 advantage.
BMC played a closer second half, but couldn't overcome the hole they had dug for themselves. The Lady Toppers converted 6-8 (75.0 percent) freebies in the third and made 6-13 (46.2 percent) shots from the floor in the final quarter, but Alcorn was able to match their effort.
Alcorn dominated the specialty stats, scoring more points in the paint (44-14), more points off turnovers (28-15), more second-chance points (14-10), and more fast-break points (20-0). Alcorn's bench also outscored Blue Mountain's 29-0.