Women's Basketball Recaps: December 2
UMass 85, Mississippi Valley State 46
EDINBURG, Texas - Mississippi Valley State shot just 24.6 percent from the floor in an 85-46 loss at UMass during the Texas-Rio Grande Valley Battle on the Border Invitational tournament Saturday afternoon.
Kristy Parker led the Devilettes (0-6) with 16 points and five rebounds. Chyna Sawyers added 10. LaKendra Bassett scored nine points, dished six assists and made four steals, but she particularly struggled shooting the ball, making just one of 16 tries.
Hailey Leidel scored 25 points to lead UMass. Genesis Rivera was a rebound shy of a double-double with 23 points and nine boards. Maggie Mulligan hauled in 13 rebounds and scored 10 points, and Paige McCormick scored 15.
A cold first half did in the Devilettes, as they connected on 19 percent of their shots from the floor. Meanwhile, UMass came out hot, knocking down their tries at a 51 percent clip. After Parker sank a layup to make it 10-7 UMass, the Devilettes were outscored 17-3 in the rest of the first quarter. Mississippi Valley never recovered, falling behind by as many as 43 at one point in the game.
Texas State 84, Prairie View A&M 57
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Prairie View A&M fell to 2-5 on the season following an 84-57 loss at Texas State Saturday afternoon in Strahan Coliseum.
Shala Dobbins played every minute for the Lady Panthers, scoring 23 points while getting seven rebounds and handing out three assists. Dominique Newman added 12 points and five rebounds.
Four Lady Bobcats scored at least 10 points, with Ti'Aira Pitts pacing the team with 18. Toshua Leavitt added 17 points. Taeler Deer netted 15 points and dealt eight assists.
Texas State jumped to a 14-5 lead in the first 4:57 of the game, but the Panthers reeled off a 11-5 run to get within a basket. However, the Lady Panthers managed to close the frame with a seven-point advantage.
The Lady Panthers slowly faded from there, as a big third quarter from Texas State -- the Lady Bobcats outscored PVAMU 26-15 in the period -- was the difference.
Nebraska 73, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 52
LINCOLN, Neb. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff fell 73-52 at Nebraska Saturday afternoon in the Pinnacle Bank Arena, dropping to 2-4 on the year.
Noe'll Taylor paced UAPB with 12 points. Faith Ohanta flirted with a double-double, going for 10 points, eight boards and three steals.
Kate Cain recorded a double-double for the Lady Huskers with a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. Nicea Easley added 13 points. Emily Wood put in 12 points.
A forgettable first-quarter derailed Arkansas-Pine Bluff, as Nebraska enjoyed a 22-4 advantage over the Lady Lions at the end of one. With Arkansas-Pine Bluff off the mark from the field -- the Lady Lions were 4-of-20 from the floor in the first half -- UAPB faced a 37-12 deficit at the break.
The Lady Lions tried to make things interesting late, as -- after trailing by as many as 28 -- managed to get within 14 thanks to an Alexus Bryson three-ball. But the early deficit proved ultimately insurmountable for the Lady Lions, as Nebraska closed the game on a 9-2 run.
Nicholls State 90, Jackson State 64
JACKSON, Miss. - A tough second quarter was the difference in Jackson State's (4-2) 90-64 loss to Nicholls State Saturday night at Lee E. Williams Athletic Assembly Center.
Derica Wiggins led the Lady Tigers with 20 points and seven rebounds. However, she was the lone Jackson State player in double figures. Marneisha Hamer and Jasmine Cowen scored eight points each.
Tykeria Williams led a balanced scoring effort for Nicholls with 16 points and five rebounds. Williams was one of five Nicholls players to net at least 10 points. Marina Lilly and Destiny Collins posted 13 points each.
Jackson State struggled from deep, shooting just 3-of-25 from three-point land. Early on, the teams were evenly matched, as Nicholls State jumped ahead to an 11-6 lead before the Lady Tigers responded in kind. Wiggins capped a 11-2 JSU run to gain a 17-13 lead.
However, Nicholls posted 11 unanswered points over the end of the first and start of the second quarter to take control. Jackson State was outscored 23-12 in the frame, and the Lady Tigers were unable to come back.