Women's Basketball Recaps: December 22
Oakland 69, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 37
LAS VEGAS - Arkansas-Pine Bluff fell to 2-8 on the year following a 69-37 defeat versus Oakland during the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic at South Point Arena.
Alexus Bryson led the Lady Lions with 11 points. Faith Ohanta hadnine points and seven rebounds. UAPB shot just 30 percent (15-50) from the floor in the loss.
Sha'Keya Graves and Taylor Jones led the Golden Grizzlies with 13 points each. Nikita Telesford posted nine points, eight boards and two swatted shots.
Ohanta had it going early on for UAPB, as she scored five of the team's first 10 points to help the Lady Lions keep pace early on. However, a lay-up by Autumn Kissman sparked a 9-2 close to the first quarter for Oakland, who led 19-12 at that point.
From there, the Lady Lions struggled to find the bottom of the net as the contest got away from them following a second quarter where Oakland outscored them 19-7, leaving UAPB to face a 19-point deficit.
UAPB was unable to recover, trailing by as many as 33. The Lady Lions turned the ball over 24 times in the contest.
Michigan State 83, Mississippi Valley State 64
NEW ORLEANS - Despite 18-point efforts from LaKendra Bassett and Kristy Parker, Mississippi Valley State dropped an 83-64 contest to Michigan State Friday evening during the University of New Orleans shootout.
Desiray Mosley added 10 points for the Devilettes (0-10), who shot 37.9 percent (22-58) from the field compared to Michigan State's 52.6-percent (30-57) clip.
Jenna Allen was one of four Spartans in double-figures, leading MSU with 18 points and nine boards. Branndais Agee added 17 points and four blocks.
Michigan State opened the game on an 8-0 run as Agee later knocked down a jumper to push the Spartans' lead to 18-9. The Devilettes regrouped to the tune of a 9-4 run -- predominantly powered by Parker, who scored seven points during this span -- to get within 22-18, but Michigan State scored nine unanswered to take an 11-point advantage to the second quarter.
Bassett converted a basket early to bring MVSU within nine, but that was as close as the Devilettes would get as Michigan State led by double-digits the rest of the way.