Women's Basketball Recaps: December 16
Arkansas State 76, Grambling State 56
JONESBORO, Ark. - Shakyla Hill scored 15 points and Monisha Neal added 11, but it wasn’t enough as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team fell to Arkansas State, 76-56, on Saturday afternoon.
Hill scored 15 points, including five at the free-throw line, grabbed eight boards, with seven steals and dished out a pair of assists. Neal chipped in with 11 points and six assists.
Akasha Westbrook paced Arkansas State with 16 points, including going 8-of-10 on free throws. She added seven rebounds, six steals and two assists. Lauren Bradshaw tallied a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, with a pair of blocks.
Grambling State (3-5) raced out to a 8-0 lead to begin the game after Neal sank a jumper with 8:05 remaining in the first quarter, but Arkansas State battled back and used a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 13-8 advantage with 3:22 left.
The Red Wolves extended the lead to 18-12 after one quarter, but the Lady Tigers cut the margin to 20-18 after a bucket by Deja McKinney with 7:25 remaining in the second quarter. Arkansas State answered and used a 10-0 run, capped by a Bradshaw layup to give the Red Wolves a 30-18 advantage with 4:09 left. Grambling State was able to trim the deficit to 34-24 as the two teams entered the half.
The Red Wolves pushed the advantage to 48-32 after a Tahlon Heckert layup with 3:19 left in the third, but the Lady Tigers cut the double-digit deficit to 52-44 after a Hill layup with 9:27 left. That would be as close as Grambling State would get.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
Wichita State 87, Alcorn State 46
WICHITA, Kan. - Alcorn State lost an 87-46 contest at Wichita State Saturday evening at Charles Koch Arena to conclude the Shocker Winter Classic.
Alexus Freeman led the Lady Braves (4-5) with 18 points, four steals and four rebounds. She was 4-of-8 from three-point range but struggled from the field to the tune of a 6-for-20 line. Kristian Dewitt scored 10 points. Sharpshoot Tia Sanders had a quiet night with just two points on 1-of-5 shooting.
Alcorn State struggled to get going offensively against the Shockers, shooting just 25.4 percent (16-of-63) over the course of the game.
Freeman got going early as she buried three-pointers on consecutive possessions to force an early 6-6 tie, but the Shockers closed the first half on a 17-2 run, taking control of the game. The Lady Braves were unable to curtail the hot-shooting Shockers as the game went on, getting no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Wichita State connected on better than 65 percent of its shots in the game (34-of-52) and outrebounded Alcorn 44-28. Rangie Bessard led the Shockers with 15 points, as six Wichita State players scored in double figures.