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Courtesy: Sterling Randle, Southern Miss Athletics Communications

Women's Basketball Recaps: December 15

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 12/15/2017
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Nicholls 62, Mississippi Valley State 57

ITTA BENA, Miss. - The Devilettes of Mississippi Valley State University dropped a heartbreaking 62-57 loss to the Colonels of Nicholls State University Friday night at R.W. Harrison HPER Complex.

The contest was completely in favor of Nicholls State early in the opening period as the Colonels outscored Mississippi Valley (0-8) 25-8, yet during the second the pendulum swung in favor of the Devilettes thanks to a 20-12 scoring edge in the period.

The second and third quarters were a stretch as both teams battled for the upper hand. After a 16-13 third period, Mississippi Valley entered the final 10 minutes down 50-44.

Trips to the free-throw line during the fourth made a difference as 10 of the 12 points scored by the Colonels came from the charity stripe.

LaKendra Bassett and Kristy Parker completed the contest with 19 points each. Bassett also added eight rebounds, one assist and one steal, while Parker finished with three rebounds, two steals and one assist. Desirae Mosley tallied 11 rebounds, seven points, five assists and one steal.

MVSU shot 41.9 percent for the contest.

Courtesy: MVSU Sports Information

Oral Roberts 76, Alcorn State 52

WICHITA, Kan. - A cold shooting display during the second half cost Alcorn State during a 76-52 loss to Oral Roberts during the Wichita State Shocker Winter Classic in Charles Koch Arena.

Alexus Freeman and Tia Sanders scored 14 points each for the Lady Braves (4-4), with Freeman dishing out three assists and making four steals. Cloe Lane added nine points.

After Oral Roberts opened the game on a 12-0 run, the Lady Braves got on the board after Sanders buried a trey. However, the slow start ultimately led to Alcorn State getting doubled-up in the period (22-11). The Lady Braves then kicked off the second frame with an 8-0 run capped by a Lane three-ball that put Alcorn within one possession of Oral Roberts.

Alcorn State stayed within striking distance of ORU the rest of the stanza, but after Ugochinyere Nwarie converted a jumper to bring the Lady Braves within two, Oral Roberts' Maria Martianez keyed six unanswered points to aid the Lady Eagles in taking an eight-point lead to the locker room.

In the second half, Alcorn's offense went cold as the Lady Braves made just 20.6 percent of their tries during the third and fourth quarters. Meanwhile, ORU pushed its lead to double-digits and never looked back.

Martianez led ORU with 20 points, six boards and three blocks. Faith Ihim added 15 points and six rebounds, and Sarah Garvie chipped in 11 points.

#22 South Florida 108, Southern 48

TAMPA, Fla. - Southern fell to No. 22 South Florida 108-48 Friday night at the Sun Dome.

Briana Green led the Jaguars (1-7) with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists. Samantha Duncan added 10 points.

The Jaguars were unable to curtail the hot-shooting Bulls in the first quarter, who outscored Southern 34-7. Southern was unable to mount enough offense to keep pace with South Florida as the game progressed. USF went 21-of-31 from three-point range, good for 67.7 percent. By comparison, the Jaguars shot just 3-of-19 from long range and was 21-of-71 from the field (29.6 percent).

South Florida's Kitija Laksa scored 40 points and was 11-of-12 from three-point land, both career-highs. Laia Flores scored 14 points and hauled in 11 rebounds for the Bulls.

Miami (FL) 79, Alabama State 31

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Alabama State dropped a non-conference game to Miami (Fla.), 79-31, at the Watsco Center Friday night.


Keimeshia Walker led Alabama State (1-8) with 12 points in her debut for the Lady Hornets, attempting a game-high 19 shots from the floor and nine shots from beyond the arc. Although Walker was the lone player in double figures for Alabama State, Aliyah Nelson came off the bench to grab a team-high seven rebounds, while Areleatha Gipson recorded a game-high four steals.


The Lady Hornets closed the first quarter with back-to-back three-pointers by Walker to close the deficit to seven at 19-12, but Miami was able to use their size (outscoring Alabama State 24-2 in the paint) to take a 34-17 lead into intermission. The lead grew in the second half courtesy of a 15-1 run for the ‘Canes.


Mykea Gray led Miami (7-3) with 18 points, while Erykah Davenport added 14 in the win. Emese Hof recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Shaneese Bailey grabbed 10 rebounds.


The Lady Hornets finished the night shooting 15.8 (9-of-57) percent from the floor and 15.8 (3-of-19) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 76.9 (10-of-13) percent from the free throw line, while Miami finished the night at 42.9 (33-of-77) percent from the floor and 23.8 (5-of-21) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 50 (8-of-16) percent from the free throw line.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications


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