Women's Basketball Recaps: December 28
Ole Miss 73, Texas Southern 58
OXFORD, Miss. - The Lady Tigers of Texas Southern University fought hard and gave their hosts from Ole Miss a competitive game Thursday before falling 73-58 to the Rebels.
TSU’s Joyce Kennerson scored a game-high 24 points and handed out seven assists for the Lady Tigers (5-6), who open Southwestern Athletic Conference play on New Year’s Day.
Kaitlyn Palmer chipped in 14 points for TSU, while Camille Mills scored 10 points and recorded four steals for the second consecutive game. Mills was also the Lady Tigers’ top rebounder on Thursday, pulling in eight caroms.
Shelby Gibson scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Mississippi (10-3), while Alissa Alston added 17 points for the Rebels. The Rebels led from start to finish as they scored the first 12 points of the game; they kept TSU off the scoreboard until the 5:25 mark of the first quarter, when Palmer drained a 3-pointer. Palmer knocked down four 3-pointers during the game.
Mississippi would stretch its lead to 17 points toward the end of the first quarter, but could not shake the Lady Tigers completely, who outscored their hosts 19-17 in the second quarter, and 13-11 in the third period. TSU scored the first five points after halftime on a shot by Taylor Robinson and a 3-pointer by Kennerson to pull within nine points with 8:56 left to play in the third quarter.
The Rebels helped their cause by shooting 45 percent (27-of-60) from the floor, while holding TSU to 38 percent (21-of-55). TSU did manage to outshoot their hosts from 3-point range (8-of-22, 36.4 percent; to 6-of-20, 30 percent), and shot 50 percent from the floor (10-of-20) in the first quarter.
Turnovers played a part in Mississippi’s win, as the Rebels forced 21 TSU turnovers. Mississippi gave the ball to TSU 17 times.
Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information
Arkansas 79, Grambling State 62
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Ariel Williams scored a career-high 16 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a strong second quarter by Arkansas in a 79-62 loss on Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.
Grambling State (3-8) trailed 15-11 entering the second quarter, but Arkansas (9-4) outscored the Lady Tigers, 25-12, to take a 40-23 advantage into the half.
Williams paced Grambling State with 16 points, on 6-of-12 shooting, with three rebounds and three assists. Monisha Neal added nine points and seven rebounds.
Devin Cosper led Arkansas with 16 points, four boards and three assists. Raven Northcross-Baker tallied 14 points and four rebounds, while Kiara Williams recorded a double-double of 12 points and a game-high 16 boards. Malica Monk also added a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 10 assists.
Arkansas opened with a 4-0 run, capped by a Jailyn Mason 3-pointer with 8:27 remaining, but Grambling State battled back and cut the deficit to 9-8 after a Jazmine Torian trey with 3:50 left in the first quarter.
The Razorbacks outscored the Lady Tigers over the final three and a half minutes, 6-3, to take a 15-11 advantage into the second quarter. Arkansas began the second frame with a 14-2 run to take a 29-13 advantage after a Mason 3-pointer with 5:13 left in the first half. The Razorbacks stretch the lead to 40-23 as the teams headed into the break.
Grambling State trailed by as many as 24 points in the final quarter, but were able to cut the margin to 73-58 and trimmed the deficit to 73-60 with 2:23 left, but that would be as close as the Lady Tigers would get.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
#5 Mississippi State 112, Mississippi Valley State 36
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi Valley State lost 112-36 to fifth-ranked Mississippi State Thursday evening at Humphrey Coliseum, concluding its non-conference schedule portion.
Kristy Parker was the lone player to score in double-figures for the Devilettes (0-14), notching 10 points. LaKendra Bassett added eight points and five rebounds. Sydney Floyd scored six points and corralled a team-best nine boards.
Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan led all players with 41 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. She added two steals. Victoria Vivians added 16 points and six rebounds, and Roshunda Johnson added 14 points.
The Devilettes stayed in striking distance early on with the Bulldogs before a 10-2 MSU run led to a 13-point deficit for Mississippi Valley at the end of the first quarter. The contest then got away from the Devilettes as Mississippi State went on a 23-2 run to open the second quarter, during which MVSU was outscored 30-4.
Mississippi Valley shot just 24.5 percent from the floor (13-of-53). Meanwhile, Mississippi State went 45-of-73 (61.6 percent) from the floor. The Devilettes committed 25 turnovers in the game.