Women's Basketball Recaps: December 1
Alabama A&M 71, Murray State 54
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Aubriana Bonner was perfect from the field as she led a trio of Lady Bulldogs in double-figure scoring Friday for a 71-54 win over Murray State.
The win is the fourth of the season for Alabama A&M, the first time since 2011 the Lady Bulldogs have won four non-conference games to open a season.
Bonner hit 8-of-8 shots from the field and had a pair of free throws for a game-high 18 points. She also pulled down seven rebounds. Ashlyn Dotson scored 14 points and also had seven rebounds as A&M worked its inside game to take advantage of mismatches under the boards. Natalie Collins had 11 points, which is a season-high for her. Kanisha Tharpe grabbed seven rebounds as the Lady Bulldogs outrebounded Murray State 46-26.
Lauren McKee had a game-high seven assists.
The Lady Bulldogs started slowly as Murray State (2-6) jumped out to a 6-0 lead and led 11-5 with less than four minutes gone in the first quarter. Bonner scored on a layup to cut the lead to 11-7 and ignite a 19-0 run in the final 5:48 of the first quarter for a 24-11 lead.
Natalie Collins hit back-to-back three-pointers in a span of 34 seconds to give A&M its first lead of the game, with 4:47 to play in the opening quarter. A&M continued to dominate in the second quarter, opening up a 19-point lead at one point, before taking a 38-21 lead into halftime. The Lady Bulldogs controlled the third and fourth quarters as well, building their largest lead of the night at 60-34 with 1:48 left in the third quarter.
Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information
Texas-San Antonio 68, Mississippi Valley State 55
EDINBURG, Texas - Mississippi Valley shot just 29.6 percent from the floor in a 68-55 defeat versus Texas-San Antonio during the Texas-Rio Grande Valley Battle on the Border Invitational.
LaKendra Bassett led the Devilettes (0-5) with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Sydney Floyd and Desiray Mosley each scored 10 points. Kristy Parker scored eight points on 3-of-17 shooting.
Four Roadrunners notched double-digits in scoring, with Tija Hawkins scoring 16 to pace UTSA. Crystal Chidomere put in a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. UTSA out-boarded MVSU 58-41.
Mississippi Valley State took an early 4-0 lead over the first three minutes of the contest, but UTSA responded with a 7-0 run and went into the second up 22-16. The Devilettes reclaimed the lead as Bassett keyed a 9-0 run to put Mississippi Valley up 25-22. The advantage was short-lived as UTSA managed to outscore MVSU 15-6 for the rest of the half.
Texas-San Antonio pushed its lead to double-digits in the third, and Mississippi Vally got no closer than eight.