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Women's Basketball Recaps: December 19

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 12/19/2017
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UAB 61, Alabama State 44

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Keimeshia Walker scored in double figures for the second consecutive game, but a big second quarter run by UAB proved too much for the Lady Hornets as they came up short 61-44 in a non-conference matchup Tuesday night at Bartow Arena.

Walker scored a team-high 13 points for Alabama State (1-9), while Tatyana Calhoun and Kenya Pye each scored eight each in the loss. Kayla Stephens grabbed six rebounds, while Calhoun grabbed five for Alabama State which finished the night shooting 33.3 (16-of-48) percent from the floor and 26.7 (4-of-15) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 66.7 (8-of-12) percent from the free throw line.

Meanwhile, Rachael Childress led UAB (9-2) with 15 points on 50 (5-of-10) percent shooting from the floor, while Imani Johnson added 14 points in the win. Kara Rawls led the Blazers with a game-high nine rebounds.

UAB ended the night shooting 42.0 (21-of-56) percent shooting from the floor and 31.8 (7-of-22) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 60.0 (12-of-20) percent from the free throw line, while winning the rebounding battle 37-32.

The Lady Hornets jumped out to an early 6-0 lead to start the game, but UAB was able to chip away for the remainder of the first quarter to take a 10-9 lead after the first stanza. The Lady Hornets were able to come back after UAB opened up a lead to pull within a basket, before Trista Magee hit three consecutive three-pointers to push the lead to 25-15 in favor of UAB at halftime.

UAB was able to pull away in the second half, although Alabama State went on a 12-5 run lead late with Calhoun scoring six of the 12 points during the run.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Memphis 64, Jackson State 53

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A rough second-half shooting display derailed Jackson State's bid for victory at Memphis, as the visiting Lady Tigers fell 64-53 Tuesday night in Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

Kawaii Perry led JSU (4-4) with nine points, and Derica Wiggins added seven points and three steals, but was just 2-of-11 from the field. Jackson State had 11 different players score a basket. However, JSU shot 28.4 percent (21-of-74) from the floor and 2-of-14 (14.3%) from three, including a 9-of-43 clip from the field during the second half.

Brea Elmore paced Memphis with 20 points and five assists. Cheyenne Creighton posted a double-double with 19 points, 13 boards and four blocks.

After the sides were deadlocked at 26 following the first half, Jackson State pushed ahead briefly following a lay-up by Christina Ellis and a free throw by Perry. Memphis (4-8) regained the lead on a Jada Stinson trey, but JSU didn't go quietly, staying within one possession for much of the third quarter.

After a Marneisha Hamer jumper brought JSU within one (35-34), the Jackson State offense went cold as Memphis pushed its advantage to 10 thanks to a 14-3 run. Jackson State was unable to find enough consistent offense to get back into it, as it shot 5-for-20 in the final quarter, during which Memphis led by as many as 17.

North Carolina 79, Grambling State 63

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Grambling State University women’s basketball team led for the majority of the first half, but were unable to sustain the lead in the second half as the Lady Tigers dropped a 79-63 decision to North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon in the Philanthropist.com Carolinas Challenge.

The Lady Tigers (3-6) opened the game on a 10-2 run, but trailed at the break by four, 43-39. The Tar Heels used a 12-2 run toward the end of the third quarter to put the game out of reach.


Shakyla Hill led three Grambling State players in double figures with 20 points, on 8-of-16 shooting. She added a team-high seven rebounds, six assists and six steals. Monisha Neal registered 16 points, four boards and three steals, while Laneisha Jeans tallied 12 points, including going 5-of-8 shooting, with two rebounds and a pair of steals.


Jamie Cherry paced North Carolina (9-2) with 22 points, including going 6-of-9 at the foul line, with six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Janelle Bailey chipped in with 15 points and eight boards, while Taylor Koenen recorded a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, along with a team-high six assists. Paris Kea tallied 14 points, six boards, two steals and two assists.


Grambling State raced out to a 10-2 advantage after a Jeans 3-pointer with 7:17 remaining in the opening quarter, but the Tar Heels closed the gap to 12-9 on a 7-2 run, capped by a Taylor Koenen trey with 4:54 left.


The Lady Tigers pushed the margin to 16-9 after a Deja McKinney bucket, but North Carolina trimmed the deficit to 18-16 after a 3-pointer by Jamie Cherry. Grambling State closed out the quarter on a 5-3 run to take a 23-19 advantage into the second quarter.


North Carolina opened the second quarter strong and took a 32-29 advantage after a pair of free throws by Paris Kea with 7:04 left in the first half. The Tar Heels extended the margin to 35-29 after a layup by Koenen, but Grambling State rallied and tied the game at 35 after two free throws by Williams with 3:44 left.


The Tar Heels closed out the first half on a 9-4 run to take a 44-39 advantage into the break.


Grambling State cut the deficit to 49-47 after a 3-pointer by Monisha Neal with 5:18 remaining in the third. However, North Carolina went on a 12-2 run, capped by a Cherry free throw to send the Tar Heels into the final period with a 61-49 advantage.


The Tar Heels extended the lead to 70-52 with 5:46 remaining and the Lady Tigers could never recover.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information


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