Women's Basketball Recaps: December 9
Texas Southern 56, Northwestern State 43
ALEXANDRIA, La. - The Lady Tigers of Texas Southern University jumped out to an insurmountable lead in the first quarter Saturday and never looked back as claimed a 56-43 win over Northwestern State.
Joyce Kennerson maintained her place as the nation’s second-leading scorer after pouring in a game-high 28 points on 7-of-14 shooting. The junior from Port Arthur drained four out of her five 3-point tries and handed out a career-best eight steals.
Kaitlyn Palmer and Catherine Okwilagwe scored 10 points apiece for the Lady Tigers (4-4), who won their third straight game, and second over a Southland Conference opponent in as many contests. Okwilagwe’s 10 points marked a career high, while Palmer matched a career high with three blocked shots.
Cheyenne Brown scored 15 points to lead Northwestern State (4-4).
The Lady Tigers needed only one quarter to seize control of the game as they outscored Northwestern State 26-9 over the first 10 minutes. Palmer’s 3-pointer with 8:43 remaining in the period broke a 2-2 tie and gave TSU a lead it would not relinquish for the duration of the game. Northwestern State got no closer than eight over the remainder of the contest.
Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information
Iowa 85, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 45
IOWA CITY, Iowa - A first quarter to forget hindered Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-6) during a 85-45 loss at Iowa Saturday afternoon in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Faith Ohanta posted a double-double to lead the Lady Lions, scoring 15 points, pulling home 10 rebounds -- six offensive -- and making four steals. Though every UAPB player scored, Ohanta was the lone Lady Lion in double figures. Aiya Hassan scored eight points.
Megan Gustafson put up 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Lady Hawkeyes. Tania Davis scored 16 points and dished out five assists. Makenzie Meyer and Kathleen Doyle each scored 11 points.
After the sides traded baskets to open the game, the contest got away from UAPB as it surrendered a 23-4 run to the Lady Hawkeyes, ultimately ending the first quarter facing a 27-8 deficit. With the Lady Lions off-target offensively -- UAPB shot just 28.8 percent from the floor -- they allowed Iowa to cruise the rest of the way, as the Lady Hawkeyes connected on 57 percent of its shots in the game, including a 61.9 percent clip in the second half.
Auburn 65, Southern 47
AUBURN, Ala. - Despite taking a four-point lead into the final quarter, Southern was unable to close the deal on its upset bid at Auburn, falling to the Tigers 65-47 Saturday evening at Auburn Arena.
The Jaguars (1-4) were led by Samantha Duncan, who scored 11 points. Sarai Blissett added nine points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Briana Green was limited to just two points on 1-of-2 shooting, adding five rebounds and three steals.
Auburn's Unique Thompson notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Janiah McKay added 14 points and seven assists. Jazmine Jones and Daisa Alexander each chipped in 11 points.
After battling to a 10-10 tie after one, Southern took control of a contest that eventually became a tale of two halves. Skylar O'Bear knocked down a jumper with 4:36 left in the first half to tie the game at 19 and spark an 11-2 Jagaurs' run that resulted in a 28-21 Southern advantage heading into the break. Auburn threatened in the third, but Southern never relinquished its advantage, as Danayea Charles buried a trey to push Southern ahead by six late. Alexander responded with a jumper that left the Jaguars ahead 39-35 at the end of the frame.
The Lady Tigers opened the fourth with 13 unanswered points -- aided by a stretch where the Jagaurs turned the ball over on seven consectuive possessions -- en route to a double-digit lead that Southern was unable to recover from.
Southern shot a hair under 41 percent for the first half but was just 5-of-20 (25.0 percent) from the floor in the second half. By comparison, Auburn connected on just 29.6 percent of its first-half tries before shooting 59.4 percent from the field over the final two quarters.