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Women's Basketball Recaps: November 19

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 11/19/2017
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Samford 58, Alabama State 39

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Jordyn Holmes recorded her first career double-double, but it wasn’t enough as Alabama State fell to Samford 58-39 on the road Sunday afternoon at the Pete Hanna Center.

Holmes led Alabama State (1-3) with a team-best 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Shamyiah Smith added seven points and Tatyana Calhoun collected seven rebounds.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half due to the defensive pressure, with Samford shooting just 25.9 and Alabama State 28.6 percent from the floor. The largest lead of the opening half belonged to Samford at nine, but Alabama State was able to battle back and end the half with a three-point play from Smith and a basket from Arleatha Gipson to tie the game at 22-all.

Alabama State grabbed the lead to start the second half on a Calhoun basket, but Samford went on a 13-3 run to grab a 40-31 lead.

Samford (2-2) went on a 17-9 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Alabama State was able to hold the Bulldog’s leading scorer and preseason All-SoCon selection, Hannah Nichols, to just eight points in the contest.

Cassidy Williams and Samantha Fitzgerald led the Bulldogs with 13 points each, while Olivia Crozier added 11. Hannah Nichols, a preseason All-SoCon selection, was held to just eight points. Alabama State finished 26.7 (12-of-45) percent from the floor and 22.2 (2-of-9) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 65 (13-of-20) percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Samford finished at 41.7 (20-of-48) percent from the floor and 30 (6-of-20) percent from beyond the arc.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information


#17 Florida State 96, Grambling State 53

GRAMBLING, La. - A combined 31 points were scored between Deja McKinney and Jasmine Torian, but it wouldn't be enough as the Grambling State University women's basketball team fell to 17th-ranked Florida State 96-53 on Sunday afternoon in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

The Lady Tigers (1-3) were down by seven after one quarter and 49-37 at the break. Grambling State attempted to close the gap after halftime but shot 10 percent (2-of-20) and were outscored, 26-6, in the third quarter as Florida State built a 75-43 advantage.

McKinney, who came off the bench, led Grambling State with 17 points, on 6-of-15 shooting, and added two rebounds, two blocks and one steal. Torian registered 14 points, two boards, one assist, one block and one steal. Shakyla Hill chipped in 10 points and tallied three assists, three steals and two rebounds.

Imani Wright paced six Seminole players in double figures with 22 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists.  Shakyal Thomas tallied 18 points, on 7-of-11 shooting, with eight boards, while Nicki Ekhomu posted 17 points and seven rebounds. AJ Alex registered a double-double of 10 points and a game-high 11 assists, along with seven steals, and Nausia Woolfolk chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Although Grambling State was only down by six at halftime, the Lady Tigers were unable to regain the momentum they needed to close the gap. Florida State (4-0) turned a six-point lead into a 25-point advantage (62-37) four minutes into the third quarter when Thomas scored on a putback.

The Seminoles extended the advantage to 71-40 after a Savannah Wilkinson bucket with 2:39 remaining in the third and Florida State took a 75-43 lead into the final quarter.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

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