Women's Basketball Recaps: January 3
Jackson State 59, Alabama A&M 43
JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson State (7-4, 2-0 SWAC) downed Alabama A&M (5-8, 0-2 SWAC) 59-43 in conference play Wednesday evening at Lee E. Williams Athletic Assembly Center.
Derica Wiggins and Marneisha Hamer led Jackson State with 11 points each. Mariah Smelser put up nine points and eight rebounds. It was an all-around scoring effort for the Lady Tigers, as nine different players had a hand in the team's offensive output.
DeShawna Harper paced Alabama A&M with 13 points. Kenisha Tharpe added seven points and seven rebounds.
A back and forth contest early on, Jackson State managed to keep the clamps on Alabama A&M to the tune of a 15-6 advantage after one. Alabama A&M turned the tables on the Lady Tigers in the second quarter, using a 13-2 run predominantly powered by Harper -- who scored nine points over the spurt -- to take a 19-17 lead with 5:23 left in the frame.
Tied 23-all at the break, the sides traded baskets until -- following a lay-up by AAMU's Jameica Cobb that knotted things up at 30 -- Jackson State snatched control of the game with a 16-6 run to close the quarter up 10. That was as close as Alabama A&M would get over the remainder of the night.
Texas Southern 91, Alcorn State 57
HOUSTON - Joyce Kennerson dropped 32 points and nine assists to power Texas Southern (6-7, 1-1 SWAC) to its first conference victory of the year, a 91-57 triumph over Alcorn State (5-8, 1-1) Wednesday night at TSU's HPER Arena.
Kaitlyn Palmer added 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, going 5-of-8 from three-point range. Breasia McElrath pulled down a team-best 10 boards, scoring eight points and adding two blocks.
Tia Sanders scored 15 points to lead Alcorn State, but was just 3-of-12 from beyond the arc. Alexus Freeman posted 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Miracle Rushing grabbed 10 rebounds, scored seven points and made three steals for the Lady Braves.
Texas Southern wasted no time assuming the advantage, shaking off a quick 5-0 start from Alcorn with a 19-1 scoring run to take control. Texas Southern ended the period up 23-11, during which Kennerson ultimately outscored the Lady Braves 13-11. TSU led by double-digits from that point on.
The Lady Tigers were never threatened over the course of the contest, thanks largely to their offensive performance on the inside. Texas Southern scored 44 points in the paint compared to just 14 by Alcorn State. The Lady Tigers shot 57.1 percent (33-of-57) from the field and limited Alcorn State to a 30.1 percent (22-of-73) clip from the floor.
Prairie View A&M 69, Southern 62
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - A big fourth quarter and a balanced scoring effort aided Prairie View A&M in a come-from-behind 69-62 win over Southern Wednesday night at the William J. Nicks Babydome.
Jordyn Penniman led the Lady Panthers (3-10, 1-1 SWAC) with 13 points and four steals as they snapped a 10-game skid. Shala Dobbins added 10 points and four rebounds. Jhyrah Cobb posted 14 rebounds, seven points and three blocks. Every Lady Panther scored at least four points in the victory.
Briana Green led Southern with 22 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Samantha Duncan added nine points for the Jaguars (2-9, 1-1 SWAC).
After a three-point play by Green made it 51-46 Southern with 9:37 left in the game, the Lady Panthers managed to outscore the Jaguars 11-5 over the ensuing five minutes of play to take a 57-56 lead. The Lady Panthers pushed their lead to five points (62-57) before a Courtney Parsons lay-up and a perfect trip to the line by Green brought the Jaguars within one with 1:41 left.
From there, Dobbins played the role of closer, scoring five points to power a 7-1 close to the game and seal the win for Prairie View A&M.